Gardens for Good: Fruits & Veggies Needed for JFCS Food Pantry Clients By Laura Turkienicz

Food insecurity is a family’s inability to be able to deliver enough food to live a nourishing lifestyle. 1 in 8 people in the United States battle with hunger and the ability to provide nutritious foods at the dinner table.  Thousands in Southern New Jersey rely on our JFCS Betsy and Peter Fischer Food Pantries each year, and JFCS is asking farmers and gardeners to share their surplus with our clients during these summer months, via the JFCS Gardens For Good produce donation program.

The importance of fruits and vegetables is essential. They contain vital vitamins, minerals and also provide fiber. A diet that is high in fruits and vegetables helps fight against cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Fruits and vegetables do not contain cholesterol and are rich in potassium which helps keep blood pressures at a healthy rate.

Food insecurity can happen so quickly, due to unexpected events or accidents. Many families find it is an ongoing battle to choose between paying bills or buying healthy food.  Most of the time the family has to choose to pay bills, which affects their nutrition.  Since it is less expensive and easier to buy processed foods that are high in calories and fat, many families decides it makes more sense to turn to this option so they at least have food on the table. These types of foods can lead to serious health complications and can harm the growth of a child and their ability to learn and focus. The food born in our local gardens and farms, on the other hand, brings unparalleled nutrition.

JFCS wants your help to make a difference for these families and provide more produce to our food pantry clients.  During the summertime, local gardeners and farmers often find themselves with more produce than necessary. Instead of throwing away these foods, we can all choose to make a difference in the community.  JFCS hopes that the community considers donating fresh vegetables and fruit from your summer surplus to help our clients have nutritious food choices.  The JFCS Gardens for Good produce donation program can help bring nutrition and healthful living to those who are in desperate need.   For more information, or to schedule a produce drop-off from your garden /farm, contact Nina Staiman at 856-424-1333,




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