Fresh Produce in Hunterdon County

The Hunterdon County YMCA just recently finished celebrating our 110th year serving our community, and yes, we did celebrate all year long! From the beginning, our Y focused on building relationships in the community. We began with small social circles hosted in homes and churches and today reach 10,000 men, women and children through two health and wellness centers, an active older adult center, and 22 youth-serving satellite locations including school age childcare, early childhood care, and a day camp. Just as we did in the early years, we continue to help identify and provide solutions to community needs.  It’s hard to believe that in one of the most affluent communities in NJ that families and individuals lack access to fresh produce, but it is a fact.  Feeding a family healthy meals can be very costly, and at times, prohibitive. The alternative is to purchase less healthy food choices.  In our initiative we are partnering with America’s Grow a Row and Panera Bread. Each Saturday, staff and volunteers pick up fresh produce from America’s Grow a Row and “next day” bread from Panera and distribute to families in Hunterdon. Our program is based out of the Flemington Baptist Church where families gather to fill their bags with wonderful fruits and vegetables. In addition to providing produce to families in need we will also be sharing health and nutrition information, and providing fun health and wellness activities for the children that pick up produce with their families. In February, children will learn about “10 tips to being a fit kid”. Families, children and individuals alike will receive information about eating a well-balanced meal.

Box of Fresh Produce

One of the many boxes of fresh produce picked-up at America’s Grow a Row

Getting Organized before distribution

Volunteers, staff and recipients all help to get the vegetables set-up and help clean-up the boxes and mess after the fast paced vegetable grab.

Gabriela Bonnavent gives the group any community announcement that are needed before they dig into the boxes

Gabriela Bonnavent gives the group any community announcement that are needed before they dig into the boxes

Matt Bonnavent helping at the bread distribution station

Matt Bonnavent helping at the bread distribution station

Senior and Pregnant women may pick their produce first

People line up ready to dig into the boxes of fresh produce. It’s a fast paced grab when our leader Gabriela says “GO”. Seniors and Pregnant women always go first.

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