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N.J. Dept. of Agriculture Announces 168 Schools Offering Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

(TRENTON) – As part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s continuing efforts to improve nutritional opportunities for school children, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced 168 New Jersey schools are participating in the 2020-2021 school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).

The United States Department of Agriculture has allocated $4,691,210 to New Jersey for this school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, to provide fresh produce to almost 85,000 students in 14 counties during the school day.

The students also will receive nutrition education. It is the third straight year the number of schools participating has increased and the 168 is the highest number of schools in the program since it began in New Jersey in 2008.

The goal of the program is to introduce children to healthy foods, increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, and create improved lifelong dietary habits.

“The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program encourages students to try new offerings so they can develop healthy eating patterns that stay with them for a lifetime,” Secretary Fisher said. “This program has generated excitement and enthusiasm during meal times while creating a pathway for better food choices.”

Additional funds will be allocated to schools for connecting their FFVP with the Farm to School Program. The schools must provide Jersey Fresh produce a minimum of two days each month from September to November and from April to June and must verify where the produce was grown. Eighty-one percent of the 168 schools have agreed to link their FFVP and Farm to School Program.

Some of the criteria used in selecting the schools to participate in FFVP include: Elementary schools with 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals; schools that planned to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible; all students having access to the produce offered; and plans to partner with outside organizations to enhance nutrition education.

2020-2021 Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Schools

Atlantic County
Brighton Avenue School, Atlantic City
Chelsea Heights School, Atlantic City
Martin Luther King School, Atlantic City
New York Avenue School, Atlantic City
Pennsylvania Avenue School, Atlantic City
Richmond Avenue School, Atlantic City
Sovereign Avenue School, Atlantic City
Texas Avenue School, Atlantic City
Uptown Complex School, Atlantic City
Venice Park School, Atlantic City
Leeds Avenue School, Pleasantville
North Main Street School, Pleasantville
South Main Street School, Pleasantville
Washington Avenue School, Pleasantville

Camden County
Cramer Hill Mastery School, Camden
Cramer College Prepatory Lab School, Camden
Dr. Henry H. Davis Family School, Camden
H.B. Wilson Family School, Camden
Mastery McGraw Charter School, Camden
Mastery Molina Charter School Lower, Camden
Riletta Twyne Cream Family School, Camden
Uncommon Schools Camden Prep Mt. Ephraim Elementary, Camden
Wiggins College Prep School, Camden
Camden’s Pride Charter School, Camden’s Promise
KATZ Dalsey Charter School-Rosedale, Camden’s Promise
Holy Name School, Camden
KIPP Lanning Square Primary School, Camden
Lindenwold School #4, Lindenwold
Lindenwold School #5, Lindenwold
St Joseph’s Pro Cathederal School, Camden

Cape May County
Glenwood Avenue Annex School,Wildwood
Glenwood Avenue Elementary School, Wildwood

Cumberland County
Broad Street School, Bridgeton
Buckshutem Road School, Bridgeton
Cherry Street School, Bridgeton
Foster Early Childhood Center, Bridgeton
Indian Avenue School, Bridgeton
Quarter Mile Lane School, Bridgeton
West Avenue School, Bridgeton
Commercial Township School, Commercial Township
R.M. Bacon School, Millville
Silver Run School, Millville
Thunderbolt Academy, Millville
Dallago Early Childhood Center, Vineland
Gloria M. Sabater School, Vineland

Essex County
Benjamin Banneker Academy, East Orange
Cicely L. Tyson Elementary School, East Orange
Ecole Toussaint Louverture School, East Orange
Edward T. Bowser Elementary School, East Orange
Gordon Parks Academy, East Orange
Garfield Jackson Academy, East Orange
Langston Hughes Elementary School, East Orange
Mildred Barry Garvin School, East Orange
Dionne Warwick Institute, East Orange
Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy, East Orange
Whitney Houston Academy, East Orange
Essex Junior Academy, Essex Regional Services
Florence Avenue School, Irvington
Grove Street School, Irvington
Mt. Vernon Avenue School, Irvington
Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah School, East Orange
Maria L. Varisco Rogers Charter School, Newark
Marion P. Thomas Charter Performing Arts & Culinary Academy, Newark
Marion P. Thomas Charter STEAM Academy, Newark
Elliott Street School, Newark
Hawkins Street School, Newark
Rafael Hernandez School, Newark
South Street School, Newark
Sussex Avenue Renew School, Newark
Newark Educators Community Charter School, Newark
Life Academy Charter School, Newark
Seek Academy Charter School, Newark
Spark Academy Charter School, Newark
Thrive Academy Charter School, Newark
Washington Elementary School, West Orange

Hudson County
Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School, Jersey City
Hamilton School, Harrison
Gladys Cannon Nunery Public School #29, Jersey City
Joseph Brensinger Public School #17, Jersey City
Thomas A. Edison School, Union City
Robert Waters School, Union City
Public School #1, West New York
Public School #3, West New York
Public School #4, West New York
Public School #5, West New York
Public School #6, West New York

Mercer County
Greenwood Elementary School, Hamilton Township
Lalor Elementary School, Hamilton Township
Columbus School, Trenton
Franklin Elementary School, Trenton
Grant Elementary School, Trenton
Gregory Elementary School, Trenton
Harrison Elementary School, Trenton
Martin Luther King School, Trenton
Monument Elementary School, Trenton
Mott Elementary School, Trenton
Parker Elementary School, Trenton
Washington Elementary School, Trenton

Middlesex County
Nathan Hale School, Carteret
Anthony V. Ceres School, Perth Amboy
Edward J. Patten School, Perth Amboy
Ignacio Cruz Early Childhood Center, Perth Amboy
Richardson Elementary School, Perth Amboy
Robert J. Wilentz School, Perth Amboy
School #7 Early Childhood Center, Perth Amboy

Monmouth County
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Asbury Park
Bradley Elementary School, Asbury Park
Amerigo A. Anastasia School, Long Branch
George L. Catrambone School, Long Branch
Gregory School, Long Branch
Lenna W. Conrow School, Long Branch
Morris Avenue School, Long Branch
Red Bank Primary School, Red Bank

Morris County
Academy Street Elementary School, Dover
East Dover Elementary School, Dover
North Dover Elementary School, Dover

Ocean County
Clifton Avenue Grade School, Lakewood
Lakewood Early Childhood Center 2, Lakewood
Oak Street School, Lakewood
Piner Elementary School, Lakewood
Spruce Street School, Lakewood
Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School, Seaside Heights

Passaic County
Daniel F. Ryan School #19, Passaic
Etta Gero School #9, Passaic
Grant School #7, Passaic
Gifted & Talented Academy School #20 , Passaic
Pulaski School #8, Passaic
School #10 Annex, Passaic
School #9 Annex, Passaic
School #5, Passaic
School #5 Annex, Passaic
School #15, Passaic
School #15 Annex, Passaic
Passaic Arts & Science Charter Elementary School, Passaic
Passaic Arts & Science Charter Grades 4-8 School, Passaic
Paterson Charter School for Science & Technology K-1 Campus, Paterson
Paterson Arts & Science Charter School, Paterson
Public School # 2, Paterson
Public School # 3, Paterson
Public School # 5, Paterson
Public School # 8, Paterson
Charles J. Riley School # 9, Paterson
Public School # 15, Paterson
Public School # 16, Paterson
Public School #19, Paterson
Public School #24, Paterson
Martin Luther King School #30, Paterson
Philips Academy Charter School, Paterson

Salem County
Field Street School, Penns Grove-Carney’s Point
Paul W. Carleton School, Penns Grove-Carneys Point
John Fenwick Academy, Salem City
Salem School Grades 3-8 , Salem City

Union County
Benjamin Franklin School #15, Elizabeth
Charles J. Hudson School #25, Elizabeth
Christopher Columbus School #13, Elizabeth
Toussaint L’Ouverture De Lafayette School #6, Elizabeth
School #9 & #1, Elizabeth
Dr. Martin Luther King School #52, Elizabeth
John Marshall School #20, Elizabeth
Juan Pablo Duarte School #28, Elizabeth
Nicholas Murray Butler Annex School #23A, Elizabeth
Nicholas Murray Butler School #23, Elizabeth
Nicholas S. LaCorte School #3, Elizabeth
Charles Stillman Elementary School, Plainfield
DeWitt D. Barlow Elementary School, Plainfield
Evergreen Elementary School, Plainfield
Jefferson Elementary School, Plainfield
Harrison Elementary School, Roselle

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N.J. Dept. of Agriculture Announces 144 Schools Offering Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

Pictured from left are: Jerome Dunn School No. 9 Principal Yalitza Torres, NJDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Coordinator Janet Celi, NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher, NJDA Food and Nutrition Division Director Rose Tricario, Jerome Dunn Academy No. 9 Physical Education Teacher Lacey Mc Conkey and USDA Acting Branch Chief for School Nutrition Programs Monique Feeney. (Image provided)

As part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s continuing efforts to improve nutritional opportunities for school children, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced on November 2, 2018 that 144 New Jersey schools are participating in the 2018-2019 school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $4,012,960 for New Jersey for this school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides fresh produce to more than 73,000 students in 13 counties during the school day. The students also will receive nutrition education.

The goal of the program is to introduce children to healthy foods, increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, and encourage improved lifelong dietary habits.

“We have seen first-hand the excitement that the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program creates for students,” Secretary Fisher said. “It encourages students to try new offerings with their friends and that makes it more likely they will ask for these items at home. It’s a great avenue for students to develop healthy eating habits that will benefit them long into the future.”

Additional funds will be allocated to schools for connecting their FFVP with the Farm to School Program. The schools must provide Jersey Fresh produce a minimum of two days each month from September to November and from April to June and must verify where the produce was grown.

Seventy-nine percent of the 144 schools have agreed to link their FFVP and Farm to School Program.

Some of the criteria used in selecting the schools to participate in FFVP include: Elementary schools with 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced price meals; schools that planned to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible; all students having access to the produce offered; and plans to partner with outside organizations to enhance nutrition education.

Schools from Camden County are:

  • Cooper’s Poynt Family School, Camden
  • Cramer Hill Mastery School, Camden
  • Dr. Henry H. Davis Family School, Camden
  • Early Childhood Development Center, Camden
  • Forest Hill School, Camden
  • H.B. Wilson Family School, Camden
  • Henry L. Bonsall Annex Preschool, Camden
  • Mastery McGraw Charter School, Camden
  • Mastery Molina Charter School Lower, Camden
  • Riletta Twyne Cream Family School, Camden
  • Thomas H. Dudley Family School, Camden
  • Veterans Memorial Family School, Camden
  • Wiggins College Prep School, Camden
  • Yorkship Family School, Camden
  • KATZ Dalsey Charter School-Rosedale, Camden’s Promise
  • Holy Name School, Camden
  • KIPP Lanning Square Primary School, Camden
  • Lindenwold School #4, Lindenwold

Click here for all of the schools that are participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2018-2019 school year.

To learn more about the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NJDeptofAgriculture and www.facebook.com/JerseyFreshOfficial or Twitter @NJDA and @JerseyFreshNJDA.