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Grantee Blog 2020

Health Programs Continue to Thrive at Smalley

Smalley School in Bound Brook New Jersey joined the New Jersey Health Communities Initiative with Healthier Somerset after hearing of the great success experienced at Alexander Batcho Intermediate School. Since the school has begun its nutrition program with SNAP-Ed at Zufall Health, its self-contained classrooms have not only benefited from heathy eating education but have also played a role in growing their own produce with AeroGardens.

After five months, the feedback remains entirely positive.

It is due to this success and commitment to the program that Smalley School intends to expand their nutrition programming in the summer and fall of 2021. With the school’s administration on board, Smalley is looking into obtaining additional AeroGardens, which will be used in its new self-contained classrooms. Additionally, the school has an open space for outdoor learning. They are discussing allotting a section of this “outdoor classroom” to install a greenhouse. This space would allow more students to be engaged and for the school to increase its growing capacity year-round.

About the Grantee

Somerset Health Care Foundation

Healthier Somerset is a coalition created to improve the health and well-being of those who live and work in Somerset County. We promote healthy lifestyles through collaboration among 50 partner organizations representing thousands of Somerset County residents, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, public health officials, healthcare providers, government, and faith-based organizations.