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Family, Food, Fun, and all the Fixings in Woodbine

For the better part of the past decade, the Municipality of Woodbine and Woodbine Elementary School have worked together to create a culture of health through the implementation of projects and interventions such as Safe Routes to School and Sustainable Jersey. With food insecurity at an all time high, increasing access to healthy options has been on the forefront of their collective efforts. In recent years, Woodbine Elementary has partnered with AtlantiCare to build a thriving community garden and with the Community Foodbank of NJ-Southern Branch(CFBNJ-SB) to implement a before and after school feeding program.

Despite the aforementioned projects and the efforts of local food pantries, the need to provide more food to the community was top priority for school administrators going into the 2017-2018 school year. In September of 2017, CFBNJ-SB approached Superintendent Anthony DeVico about expanding their existing partnership by applying for the NJHCN Grant Program. Funding would provide an opportunity to create a food distribution model that includes educational and physical activity programming, demonstrations, and clinical linkages to reduce the stigma associated with being identified as “needy”.

Each month, approximately 70 families participate in distribution events, reaching over 250 family members with children that attend Woodbine Elementary. Internally, the Health and Safety Team oversee the intervention for the school, with food and oversight being provided by CFBNJ-SB. Moving forward, the working group will look to analyze the existing school wellness policy for Woodbine and identify opportunities for its expansion.

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Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ)

We fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. We engage, educate and empower all sectors of society in the battle. Working together with volunteers, donors and our many partners, we work to fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope.