Photo courtesy Patricia Mitrano
From left are Newark Beth Israel Medical Center directors, Rena Jordan, Emily Ho, and Molly Fallon Dixon; Samantha Plotino, Executive Director of the Provident Bank Foundation; Atiya Jaha-Rashidi from MBIMC; and Michael A. Petrucci of Provident Bank.

NEWARK, NJ – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has received a $ 15,000 grant from the Provident Bank Foundation to support Newark Beth Israel’s Farm-to-Family Food Box program.

This program provides young and expectant mothers cared for at the Newark Beth Israel Women’s Health Center a family grocery box containing a variety of locally sourced seasonal produce, eggs and bread, and nutritional education materials. The grocery boxes are conveniently delivered to the qualified participants’ homes every other week.

“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 provide even more families with the tools they need to live healthier lives,” said NBIMC President and CEO Darrell K said Terry Senior.

“With the pandemic, it has become even more urgent for our mothers to have healthy food for themselves and their families,” said Barbara Mintz, senior vice president of healthy living and community involvement at RWJBarnabas Health. “Our Farm-to-Family Food Box program enables mothers to be healthy during pregnancy and beyond with grocery deliveries and virtual training.”

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

The Farm-to-Family Food Box program is supported by the wellness team at Newark Beth Israel, a group of registered nutritionists who run several community health initiatives at the hospital, including the Women’s Wellness Pantry at Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center, a farmers market every Thursday at the Beth Greenhouse, and more than 40 wellness classes for the community each month.

For more information about the Farm-to-Family Food Box program and other wellness programs at NBIMC, please visit rwjbh.org/NewarkBeth.