Healthy Foods & Bike Safety

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

Big news! Neighborhood Connections to health has partnered with Fulfill (formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties) to host a Mobile Food Pantry in Freehold Borough!

In July, we hosted the first Mobile Food Pantry from Fulfill at the Freehold Family Health Center (597 Park Avenue, Freehold, NJ). More than 80 families came out and received groceries. This event was made possible with our partnerships and volunteers from Fulfill, the Visiting Nurse Service of New Jersey (VNA), the Children and Family Health Institute (CFHI), the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ) Community Health Center. CentraState, Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC) and Acelero.

Fulfill Mobile Pantry @Freehold Family Health Center, July 2019

Here’s how the Mobile Food Pantry works: Fulfill provides fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy, on a large truck. Fulfill’s staff members and volunteers bring the truck to the chosen site, unload the produce, and set it up for shopping. Neighborhood Connections to Health partners prepare the site, advertise to the community and recruit volunteers to also help set up the site and distribute food. The goal? To bring nutritious foods to those who need them.

National Night Out, Freehold Borough, 2019

In other news, the Neighborhood Connections to Health Bikeability-Walkability Committee launched a Bike Safety Campaign in August. For many in our town, biking is the primary mode of transport for school, work, and everything in between. Therefore, safety must take precedent.

Thanks to the collaboration of our Bikeability-Walkability Committee members and the generosity of Howell’s SC Action Sports Bicycle Shop, we now have 400 bicycle helmets and bike safety coloring books to give to children and adults in Greater Freehold. So far, we have provided helmets to about 140 people through Borough events, and we hope to see them riding safe with their new Neighborhood Connections to Health helmet!

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Carly Trill
Neighborhood Connections to Health