State Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz was at Newark Central High School yesterday to donate 1,500 pounds of apples that she and a team of volunteers picked at a “gleaning” event on an East Brunswick farm on Friday.
“Fresh fruits and vegetables are a key component to living a healthy life. Unfortunately, even here in the Garden State, many children do not have access to fresh produce on a daily basis. Our gleaning event is part of a larger effort to elevate the conversation about nutrition in our school food program,” said Ruiz (D-Essex).
The New Jersey Agricultural Society and Table to Table helped facilitate the delivery of the produce to the school. The Agricultural Society works to preserve and enhance agriculture, farming and related activities and businesses in New Jersey through educational, informational and promotional programs. Table to Table is a community-based food rescue program that collects perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties.
“Today’s donation is especially meaningful to Central High, and Newark Public Schools, since it was some of our own students who picked the produce,” said Roger León, superintendent of Newark public schools.