New School Programs, Camden, NJ
As we move through this first half of back-to-school 2021/2022, we look at a new collaboration with Camden City School District, Food Corps, Food Bank of South Jersey, Alliance for Healthier Generation, Common Market, and Farm to School Network, who joined to become the “Full Futures” Collective.
This program comes together with funding from Campbells Cooperation with the vision of reimagining school lunches. The WITS team has worked alongside the leadership of the Camden School Nutrition, Director Arlethia Brown, and Aramark as the food vendor to assist with any initiatives they want to promote to bring healthy food options and provide creative ways to bring additional food access to students in the Davis Elementary (Family school), Morgan Middle school and the New Camden HS Campus (with resident students of Camden HS, Big Picture Learning Academy, Brimm Medical Arts HS, and Creative Arts HS).
Some of the new programs WITS has partnered promoting are the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, New Vegetarian options for the menu, Seasonal Local Produce tastings, and “Try Day Fridays,” a concept the District brought as a new way to change the new food experience of the students. Aramark food service team has opened the kitchen door to collaboration with the WITS team as an ongoing relationship in Camden stemming from our relationship when we worked on the Healthy Communities Collective. Our team and Aramark staff have worked on ongoing PD training that will bring new menu items to the students along with nutrition and communication to the students that we call “talking across the line”. Making sure the students’ voices are heard is a big part of what the Full Futures team is doing to see sustainable change in Camden.