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NJ Department of Agriculture announces 202 schools offering fresh fruit and vegetable program

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher Thursday announced 202 New Jersey schools are participating in the 2021-2022 school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), the highest number since the program began in 2008.

FFVP will be offered in 16 counties, including new additions Gloucester and Somerset, during the school day. Overall, there are 36 new schools in the program which provides fresh produce to over 100,000 students.

“The growth of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program helps ensure Jersey Fresh produce is finding its way to more and more schools highlighting what we grow in the Garden State,” Fisher said. “This program aids districts in continuing to offer healthy choices to students so they can incorporate better habits that can have a positive impact throughout their lives.”

Many of New Jersey’s FFVP schools have started their program during this Farm to School Week. Schools are featuring “Jersey Tastes” activities, recipes and serving the harvest of the month, the Jersey tomato, along with a variety of Jersey Fresh produce as snacks for students. Find out more about the “Jersey Tastes” program at https://bit.ly/3nKG5HY.

Eighty-four percent of the 202 schools have agreed to link their FFVP and Farm to School Program and additional funds have been allocated for those schools. The schools must provide Jersey Fresh produce a minimum of six days from September to November and from April to June and must verify where the produce was grown.

Here is a list of schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2021-2022 school year:

Atlantic County
Brighton Avenue School, Atlantic City
Chelsea Heights School, Atlantic City
Martin Luther King School, Atlantic City
New York Avenue School, Atlantic City
Pennsylvania Avenue School, Atlantic City
Richmond Avenue School, Atlantic City
Sovereign Avenue School, Atlantic City
Texas Avenue School, Atlantic City
Uptown Complex School, Atlantic City
Venice Park School, Atlantic City
Leeds Avenue School, Pleasantville
North Main Street School, Pleasantville
South Main Street School, Pleasantville
Washington Avenue School, Pleasantville
Camden County
Cramer Hill Mastery School, Camden
Dr. Henry H. Davis Family School, Camden
H.B. Wilson Family School, Camden
Mastery McGraw Charter School, Camden
Mastery Molina Charter School Lower, Camden
Riletta Twyne Cream Family School, Camden
Uncommon Schools Camden Prep Mt. Ephraim Elementary, Camden
Camden’s Pride Charter School, Camden’s Promise
KATZ Dalsey Charter School-Rosedale, Camden’s Promise
KIPP Lanning Square Primary School, Camden
Lindenwold School #4, Lindenwold
Lindenwold School #5, Lindenwold
Lindenwold Preschool, Lindenwold
Carson Elementary, Pennsauken
Delair Elementary, Pennsauken
St Joseph’s Pro Cathederal School, Camden
Cape May County
Glenwood Avenue Annex School,Wildwood
Glenwood Avenue Elementary School, Wildwood
Cumberland County
Broad Street School, Bridgeton
Buckshutem Road School, Bridgeton
Cherry Street School, Bridgeton
Foster Early Childhood Center, Bridgeton
Indian Avenue School, Bridgeton
Quarter Mile Lane School, Bridgeton
West Avenue School, Bridgeton
Commercial Township School, Commercial Township
R.M. Bacon School, Millville
Silver Run School, Millville
Thunderbolt Academy, Millville
Dallago Early Childhood Center, Vineland
Gloria M. Sabater School, Vineland
Essex County
Althea Gibson Early Chilhood Academy, East Orange
Benjamin Banneker Academy, East Orange
Cicely L. Tyson Community Elementary School, East Orange
Dionne Warwick Institute, East Orange
Ecole Toussaint Louverture School, East Orange
Edward T. Bowser School, East Orange
Gordon Parks Academy, East Orange
Garfield Jackson Academy, East Orange
Johnnie Cochran Academy, East Orange
Langston Hughes School, East Orange
Mildred Barry Garvin School, East Orange
Shelia Y. Oliver Academy, East Orange
Wahlstrom Early Childhood Academy, East Orange
Whitney E. Houston Academy, East Orange
Essex Junior Academy, Essex Regional Services
Berkeley Terrace School, Irvington
Florence Avenue School, Irvington
Grove Street School, Irvington
Mt. Vernon Avenue School, Irvington
University School, Irvington
Madrasatu Ahlis Sunnah School, East Orange
Maria L. Varisco Rogers Charter School, Newark
Marion P. Thomas Charter Performing Arts & Culinary Academy, Newark
Marion P. Thomas Charter STEAM Academy, Newark
Elliott Street School, Newark
First Avenue School, Newark
Hawkins Street School, Newark
Mount Vernon School, Newark
Rafael Hernandez School, Newark
Salomé  Ureña School, Newark
South Street School, Newark
Sussex Avenue Renew School, Newark
Newark Educators Community Charter School, Newark
Lincoln Avenue School, Orange
Rosa Parks Community School, Orange
KIPP Life Academy Charter School, Newark
KIPP Seek Academy Charter School, Newark
KIPP Spark Academy Charter School, Newark
KIPP Thrive Academy Charter School, Newark
Washington Elementary School, West Orange
Gloucester County
Evergreen Avenue School, Woodbury
Walnut Street School, Woodbury
West End Memorial School, Woodbury
Hudson County
Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School, Jersey City
Hamilton School, Harrison
Kennedy School, Harrison
Alfred Zampella School #27, Jersey City
Christa McAuliffe School #28, Jersey City
Dr. Paul Rafalides School #33, Jersey City
Gladys Cannon Nunery School #29, Jersey City
Glenn D. Cunningham Early Childhood Center, Jersey City
Joseph Brensinger School #17, Jersey City
Henry Hudson School, Union City
Thomas A. Edison School, Union City
Robert Waters School, Union City
Veteran’s Memorial School, Union City
Early Childhood School Annex, West New York
Public School #1, West New York
Public School #2, West New York
Public School #3, West New York
Public School #4, West New York
Public School #5, West New York
Public School #6, West New York
Mercer County
Greenwood Elementary School, Hamilton Township
Lalor Elementary School, Hamilton Township
Wilson Elementary School, Hamilton Township
Pace Charter Lower & Intermediate Schools of Hamilton, Trenton
Columbus Elementary School, Trenton
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Trenton
Franklin Elementary School, Trenton
Grant Elementary School, Trenton
Gregory Elementary School, Trenton
Harrison Elementary School, Trenton
Monument Elementary School, Trenton
Mott Elementary School, Trenton
Parker Elementary School, Trenton
Washington Elementary School, Trenton
Middlesex County
Nathan Hale School, Carteret
Lord Stirling Community School, New Brunswick
Anthony V. Ceres School, Perth Amboy
Edward J. Patten School, Perth Amboy
Ignacio Cruz Early Childhood Center, Perth Amboy
James J. Flynn School, Perth Amboy
Richardson Elementary School, Perth Amboy
Robert J. Wilentz School, Perth Amboy
Rose M. Lopez School, Perth Amboy
School #7 Early Childhood Center, Perth Amboy
Monmouth County
Bradley Elementary School, Asbury Park
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Upper Elementary School, Asbury Park
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Asbury Park
Amerigo A. Anastasia School, Long Branch
George L. Catrambone School, Long Branch
Gregory School, Long Branch
Lenna W. Conrow School, Long Branch
Morris Avenue School, Long Branch
Red Bank Primary School, Red Bank
Morris County
Academy Street Elementary School, Dover
East Dover School, Dover
North Dover Elementary School, Dover
Ocean County
Clifton Avenue Grade School, Lakewood
Ella G. Clarke School, Lakewood
Lakewood Early Childhood Center 2, Lakewood
Oak Street School, Lakewood
Piner Elementary School, Lakewood
Spruce Street School, Lakewood
Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School, Seaside Heights
Bnos Bina-Toras Imecha, Lakewood
Passaic County
Daniel F. Ryan School #19, Passaic
Etta Gero School #9, Passaic
Grant School #7, Passaic
Gifted & Talented Academy School #20 , Passaic
Pulaski School #8, Passaic
Sonia Sotomayor School #21, Passaic
William B. Cruise Veterans Memorial School #11, Passaic
School #10 Annex, Passaic
School #9 Annex, Passaic
School #5, Passaic
School #5 Annex, Passaic
School #15, Passaic
School #15 Annex, Passaic
Passaic Arts & Science Charter Elementary School, Passaic
Passaic Arts & Science Charter Grades 4-8 School, Passaic
Paterson Charter School for Science & Technology K-1 Campus, Paterson
Paterson Arts & Science Charter Grades 4-8 School, Paterson
Public School #2, Paterson
Public School #3, Paterson
Public School #5, Paterson
Public School #8, Paterson
Charles J. Riley School #9, Paterson
Public School #15, Paterson
Public School #16, Paterson
Public School #19, Paterson
Public School #24, Paterson
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Complex #30, Paterson
Philips Academy Charter Madison Street School, Paterson
Philips Academy Charter State Street School, Paterson
Salem County
Field Street School, Penns Grove-Carney’s Point
Paul W. Carleton School, Penns Grove-Carneys Point
John Fenwick Academy, Salem City
Salem Grades 3-8 School, Salem City
Somerset County
Stony Brook Elementary School, North Plainfield
Union County
Benjamin Franklin School #13, Elizabeth
Charles J.  Hudson School #25, Elizabeth
Christopher Columbus School #15, Elizabeth
Toussaint L’Ouverture De Lafayette School #6, Elizabeth
School #9 & #1, Elizabeth
Dr. Martin Luther King School #52, Elizabeth
John Marshall School #20, Elizabeth
Juan Pablo Duarte School #28, Elizabeth
Nicholas Murray Butler Annex School #23A, Elizabeth
Nicholas Murray Butler School #23, Elizabeth
Nicholas S. LaCorte School #3, Elizabeth
Charles Stillman Elementary School, Plainfield
DeWitt D. Barlow Elementary School, Plainfield
Evergreen Elementary School, Plainfield
Jefferson Elementary School, Plainfield
Harrison Elementary School, Roselle

The United States Department of Agriculture has allocated nearly $5.5 million to New Jersey for this school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The goal of the program is to introduce children to healthy foods, increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, and create improved eating patterns.

Some of the criteria used in selecting the schools to participate in FFVP include elementary schools with 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals; schools that planned to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible; all students having access to the produce offered; and plans to partner with outside organizations to enhance nutrition education.

Learn more about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at https://bit.ly/2ZqD5q5 and the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Program at  https://bit.ly/3kDo1xz.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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