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Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s chief of staff wins ‘Healthy Kids Champion’ award

December 13, 2014 | Community News and Media, Media Coverage

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The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids presented a “Healthy Kids Champion” awards Wednesday to several community leaders from around the state including Francis Blanco, who works as chief of staff for Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson.

Blanco was among six individuals to receive the award which honors contributions individuals have made to the New Jersey Partnerships for Healthy Kids (NJPHK). Blanco is chairwoman for the Trenton Healthy Food Network, which promotes the availability of healthy food in local stores and bodegas in urban communities.

“My passion for improving Trenton and the conditions of people’s lives is very important to me,” Blanco said. “I am honored to receive this award, but I also feel privileged to be able to work to make a difference in a city whose people I want to see healthy and vibrant,” said Ms. Blanco.

“It’s an honor to present the Healthy Kids Champion award to Ms. Blanco for her tireless commitment to the residents of Trenton,” said Darrin Anderson, deputy director of NJPHK. “She is an exceptional role model for youth in our community. Her capabilities and enthusiasm are boundless, and NJPHK Trenton is fortunate to have her as a partner and supporter.”

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