Newark, NJ—Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) were recently awarded a $4,000 grant on behalf of The Home Depot Foundation for the community volunteer project The Beth Community Garden. The project was selected as a 2012 Community Impact Grant recipient.
“We greatly appreciate this donation which will help The Beth Community Garden to achieve the goal of providing healthy food choices for our community,” says John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of NBIMC and CHoNJ. “The garden is part of our comprehensive community wellness effort.”
The hospital was chosen for its Community Garden project, which was spearheaded by Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Assistant Vice President of Wellness. In July 2011, NBIMC/CHoNJ and Garden State Urban Farms officially opened The Beth Community Garden. The market serves as a vehicle to provide fresh produce to an underserved community with limited access to affordable, homegrown foods.
The garden is a part of the nutrition education of the hospital’s KidsFit program in both George Washington Carver and Maple Avenue elementary schools. KidsFit was created to address childhood obesity through healthy eating and exercise education. The program was made possible through a grant from Merck Company Foundation and the support of Scholastic Books.
The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. The Home Depot Foundation was established to further community building goals of by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.
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Date:May 7, 2012
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