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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

We’re happy to report that we’ve met our initial goals, which were:

To make fresh, healthy and affordable food more accessible to the residents of Finn’s Mobile Home Park.

To add a safe and easily accessible play area for residents to enjoy, in the hopes of increasing physically activity in the community.

The Township of Wayne, the “Healthy Finn’s Group”, with the help of NJ Healthy Communities Network and our grant partners: Atlantic Health System, Rutgers, ShopRite (Little Falls and Wayne) and the YMCA Wayne along with the assistance of Finn’s Mobile Home Park management are thrilled with the outcome.

We have successfully used our grant money to bring City Green’s mobile farmer’s market to Finn’s – bimonthly. The mobile market accepted SNAP, Senior Vouchers and WIC cards. As a result, residents had easy access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.

We also managed to purchase and install a play area for the children, a walking path for adults and to augment an existing open space for residents to play. The easily accessible exercise areas have increased the overall level of physical activity in the community.

In addition, City Green and the “Healthy Finn’s Group” are discussing options as to the future of the mobile farmers market at Finn’s. Our hope is that they will continue this important partnership.

Along the way, we’ve been fortunate to bring in other agencies to provide additional services and programs. We’ve shared resources and enhanced relationships outside the community as well as within. We are so proud and grateful to be part of this successful endeavor! We’re even prouder to say: “Mission Accomplished!”

The Healthy Finn’s Group is supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.

About the Grantee

Wayne Health Department

One of the main purposes of the Wayne Health Department is to prevent the premature onset of disease and disability, and to help all residents achieve healthier, more productive lives. The health department is committed to maintaining, protecting and promoting the health of its residents through organized health promotion and disease prevention efforts.