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- New Jersey Healthy Corner Store Initiative website
- Supporting Healthy Corner Store Development in New Jersey, a report of the New Jersey Healthy Corner Store Task Force
In 2010, the New Jersey Food Council and the New Jersey Economic Development Agency, in conjunction with The Food Trust, convened the New Jersey Food Marketing Task Force. The task force developed a series of recommendations to support supermarkets and other fresh food retail in underserved areas across the state.
- Learn more about the publication that helped highlight the need for grocery stores across the state and led to the creation of the task force: Special Report: The Need for More Supermarkets in New Jersey.
Read the full set of recommendations to overcome the barriers to supermarket development in underserved neighborhoods across the state generated by the task force: Special Report: Expanding New Jersey’s Supermarkets; A New Day for the Garden State.
In 2009, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) collaborated with The Reinvestment Fund to launch the New Jersey Food Access Initiative (NJFAI), a statewide financing program to improve access to healthy foods. NJFAI makes grants and loans available to support supermarket developers and operators, food hubs, and other formats of fresh food retail that will increase access to fresh, healthy foods in underserved areas across the state, with emphasis on serving the following ten cities: Atlantic City, Camden, East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, New Brunswick, Paterson, Trenton, and Vineland.
Responding to the task force recommendations, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) contributed a $10 million Program Related Investment (PRI) and a $2 million grant to NJFAI in 2012. This investment compliments the work of community coalitions funded by RWJF to combat childhood obesity as part of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK). NJFAI's other financial partners include Living Cities ($2 million), NJEDA ($4 million), and The Reinvestment Fund ($2 million).
See the New Jersey Food Access Initiative for more information.
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