The Community Advisory Board of Hackettstown Medical Center recently awarded an $8,600 grant to support the Foodshed Alliance’s LocalShare gleaning program which feeds those in need with surplus food from farms.

In 2019, LocalShare organized more than 150 volunteers to harvest 138,500 lbs. of surplus vegetables and 17,825 dozen eggs donated by 20 farms in three counties. This food was delivered to 100 food pantries in seven counties. The grant will help defray the costs of transporting the farm-fresh, healthy food from farms to recipient agencies.

Atlantic Health System and Hackettstown Medical Center are committed to building healthier communities, beyond simply the delivery of excellent health care in our hospitals, medical practices and facilities. Understanding and supporting the needs of our local community in Morris and Warren counties is a top priority for HMC.

A list of priority health needs in Warren County were identified in the most recent Community Needs Assessment performed by the North Jersey Health Collaborative, in partnership with Hackettstown Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. This grant to the Foodshed Alliance met one or more of the identified priority health needs, and will now help Hackettstown Medical Center and Atlantic Health System address these needs – this is great news for residents of this region!

(From left) Megan Sandow, Chief Development Officer for Hackettstown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center; Christine Parauda, Coordinator of the Foodshed Alliance’s LocalShare program; Kendrya Close, Executive Director of the Foodshed Alliance; Laura Hawkins, Mgr. of Community Health for Hackettstown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center; Bob Adams, Chief Operating Officer and Interim President of the Western Region of Atlantic Health System.