NEWARK, NJ – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center can continue to support its program for mothers in care at the facility with a $ 15,000 grant from the Provident Bank Foundation.

The grant will fund Newark Beth Israel’s Farm-to-Family Food Box program, an initiative to help expect mothers at the hospital’s women’s health center. The program provides mothers with a grocery box with a variety of local seasonal produce, eggs, bread, and nutritional education materials.

“The Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is committed to addressing social determinants of health such as food insecurity, and this Provident Bank Foundation grant will help us equip even more families with the tools they need to live healthier lives,” he said Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and President and CEO of New Jersey Children’s Hospital, Darrell Terry.

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The farm-to-family grocery boxes are conveniently delivered to the qualified participants’ homes every other week.

The grant goes to families receiving hospital care amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which officials said has maintained the urgent need for mothers to provide healthy food for themselves and their families.

The program is supported by the Newark Beth Israel wellness team, a group of registered dietitians who run several community health initiatives at the hospital.

These initiatives include the Women’s Wellness Larder at the Rev. Dr. Health and Wellness Center. Ronald B. Christian, a Thursday Farmers Market event at the Beth Greenhouse on Osborne Terrace and Lehigh Avenues, and more than 40 community wellness classes each month.

“We are excited to support other valuable initiatives by local organizations that work daily to improve the lives of the residents of our communities,” said Samantha Plotino, executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation. “We will continue to support these important organizations who have identified an immediate need in the community and the individuals they serve.”