Beth Feehan and Chris Cirkus and the organization formerly operating as the NJ Farm to School Network received the first NJPHK “Culture of Health Champion” award in the Food Access category during the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey Conference last year. The award recognized leadership and commitment in creating changes that surround families with opportunities to make healthy choices.
Feehan and Cirkus were acknowledged for their advocacy and support of Farm to School programs across the state, as well as promoting and encouraging local farm connections to schools, leading the passage of Farm to School bills that promote community and school gardens and collaborating on the initial launch of Trenton’s Greenwood Ave Farmers Market.
“These Farm to School champions are committed to building a Culture of Health by helping to bring healthy, fresh food to children, families and communities throughout New Jersey,” said Darrin Anderson, deputy director, NJPHK. “Beth Feehan and Chris Cirkus are both very passionate about creating access to healthier food and educating schools on its benefits.”
Since last year, both Feehan and Cirkus have been hired by the Farm to School initiative at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Division. The initiative provides resources to connect New Jersey farmers with many federally funded nutrition programs, including School Meals, Child and Adult Care Feeding Programs (CACFP), Pre-School and Early Childcare Education Programs and Summer Meals.
For More information on the NJ Farm to School initiative, visit: http://www.farmtoschool.nj.gov.SHARE: