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.
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.