Collaborating for long-term healthy living in Paterson
United Way of Passaic County
Collaborating for long-term healthy living in Paterson
United Way of Passaic County
Grant Award Amount

In 2016, the cross-sector Passaic County Food Policy Council determined four focus areas for improving community health in Southern Passaic County, which includes the City of Paterson, the City of Passaic, Clifton, Haledon and Prospect Park: economic opportunity, community safety, healthy food access and access to clinical care. Noting that food access is a growing need in Southern Passaic County, the Council’s goals include implementing or expanding school breakfast and summer meals programs as well as introducing healthy food procurement practices in local institutions. Additional strategies the Council has identified for its work include land banking, streetscape design, a food business incubator and vocational training for adults. Scroll down to access the coalition’s Blueprint.

Passaic County Food Policy Council
Grant Recipient

Mary Celis
Director, Health Initiatives
(973) 279-8900 x203

Counties Served

The Paterson coalition represents one of 20 New Jersey communities supported through the NJHI: Communities Moving to Action initiative. View this coalition’s early successes toward a healthier Paterson and a healthier Garden State.


Passaic County Food Policy Council’s Blueprint for Action

Visit the Passaic County Food Council web site

Paterson Schools Team Up with Nonprofit to Deliver Free Meals to Students in Need
WCBS 880/Rincon, K. (2021, February 24).

Surrounded by Mayhem, Garden Brings Life to Struggling Neighborhood
North Jersey Record/Maag, C. (2018, November 13).

View All: NJHI 2016: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action, Round 2