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NJCU School of Business

200 Hudson Street

Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Join the Jersey City Department of Health & Human Services for the 2019 Healthy Food Access Symposium on Saturday, March 2nd. This second annual gathering will focus on strategies to improve access to healthy food for all Jersey City residents, reduce food insecurity, and support our local food system.


Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration and Breakfast

9:30 am – 9:40 am Welcome Remarks

9:40 am – 10:40 am Morning Plenary

10:40 am – 10:45 am Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Workshops Block A

*These workshops will be repeated in Block B*

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Workshops Block B

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Keynote Address by Joel Berg, Executive Director, Hunger Free America



Supporting Those in Need: Emergency Food in Jersey City

Panelists: Dawn Carpenter, COO, The We Project; Michelle Jansen, Director of Schools & Outreach, Community FoodBank of New Jersey; Reverend Hilario Crispin, Founder/Director, Mercy for the Homeless

Buy Fresh, Buy Local: Meet Your Farmer

Moderator: Beverly Brown, Board Member, Farms in the Heights

Panelists: Brandt Davis, Co-owner, Stony Hill Farms; Patricia Cirelli, Assistant Manager, Alstede Farms

Growing Healthy Food Access: Community Gardens in Jersey City

Moderator: Debra Italiano, Executive Director, SustainableJC

Panelists: Aneesah Abdullah, Founder, Can You Diiiggg It; Deirdre Newman, Trustee, Riverview Community Garden; Sharon James-Felton, Founder, Nelson Mandela Community Garden

Community-Based Interventions to Improve Healthy Food Access

Moderator: Rachel Ingram, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Manager, Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH

Panelists: Carena Miles, Healthy Food Access Coordinator, Division of Food & Nutrition, Jersey City Department of Health & Human Services; Mark Bunbury, President, Farms in the Heights; Rachel Terry, Outreach Coordinator, The Common Market

Building Your Community Outreach: Aunt Bertha

Presenter: Heather Zuckerwise-Choi, Account Executive, Aunt Bertha

*Only available during Block B, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm*

For more information contact: Carena Miles at

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