(Written by Allison Smith, RD, ShopRite of Lincoln Park) We’re actually way more than halfway to completing our grant project. The two main projects were completing food environment audits for each food establishment in Lincoln Park and building a 1/2 mile walking path at Lynn Park. So far, with the help of our intern, Wincy, we have completed 14 out of the 16 food environment audits.
Of those completed, one was a supermarket, one was a small grocery store, three were delis or small specialty stores, and nine were food service establishments/restaurants. What’s really exciting is that as a result of the audits, the owner of Wolfson’s Market, a small grocery store, has agreed to work with us to promote new healthy options to encourage healthy eating to customers.
This is really a win-win situation for the town and for the business owner because it will support public health efforts and improve sales.
The walking path in Lynn Park is well on its way to completion with the help of Lincoln Park’s public works department, and once it is finished there will be a celebration! It feels like we are really on our way to completing the projects we set our goals on last winter!
In other news, this past Sunday marked the first farmers’ market hosted by Lincoln Park in collaboration with Montville Township. Although not part of the ShapingNJ grant, it’s very exciting to have our first local farmers’ market for the two communities.
The market is held at the Towaco train station on Sundays from 9am-2pm. Last weekend ten vendors participated and hundreds of people attended. It was a great turn out and really exciting for the community!