Grantee Blog 2020

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Returns to Paterson

Since March, the Paterson Public Schools Food Service Department has been doing a phenomenal job in leading a community effort to ensure that the 30,000 students have access to receive breakfast and lunch while the schools remain closed. Thus far, the district has served over 400,000 meals. Distribution takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am – 1 pm. Parents can pick up two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and three days’ worth of meals on Wednesdays.

We are excited to announce that on May 11th, we were able to help the district reintroduce the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to all eight emergency feeding sites. The FFVP allows elementary school-aged children to try a variety of fresh produce that they might not have otherwise had the chance to try. During the school year, the program operates in 11 of the PPS schools, and now all PPS students will have the opportunity to try various fruits and vegetables. Each serving day will include a different fruit or vegetable. Some of the items include baby carrots, local greens, apples and oranges. With the staggering amount of food waste currently occurring on farms due to disruptions in our food supply chain and with our commitment to providing access to healthy food during this time, this is an exciting next step.

About the Grantee

United Way of Passaic County

The United Way of Passaic County works to improve the lives of people in Passaic County by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our goal is to promote healthy nutrition and a food environment within which all County residents can have access to healthy foods and live a healthy lifestyle.