Division of Food & Nutrition

The Division of Food & Nutrition strives to provide healthy food access to all residents of Jersey City.

Our programs and services include:

  • Home-Delivered Senior Meal Program a.k.a. Meals on Wheels (MOW)
  • Senior Congregate Lunch Program
  • WIC (Women Infant and Children) Clinic Support
  • Summer Food Service Program for school-aged children
  • Farmer’s Markets for our Buy Fresh & Buy Local Program
  • Adopt-a-Lot Community Garden Program
  • Certified Food Pantries

 

Meals-On-Wheels

Is available to homebound/bedridden seniors who cannot provide for their own nutritional needs – delivered to their homes every week by a team of dedicated staff.
 

Senior Lunch Program

We manage a citywide Congregate Meal Program at Senior Lunch Sites for more active seniors that are not homebound. These sites provide seniors with the opportunity to gather together and enjoy a hot meal accompanied by other community members.
 

WIC

The WIC program safeguards the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five. The program strives to provide nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, breastfeeding know-how, and referrals to health care. WIC is a USDA program piloted in 1972 to address growing concerns over malnutrition among low-income mothers and young children.
 

Summer Food Service Program

A program targeted to address food insecurity for Jersey City’s school-aged children in the summer months. The program begins during the summer break providing free meals delivered to 50 schools, libraries, churches, and community centers citywide.
 

Farmer’s Markets

We coordinate Jersey City’s robust farmer’s market network providing market managers and vendors backing for accepting WIC, SNAP, Senior Vouchers, & EBT. In addition, we work with the community and administration to evolve our maintain requirements for our approved city markets.
 

Adopt-A-Lot Community Garden Program

We administer this community garden program to find vacant lots residents can utilize for healthy food production. This includes support and resources to grow healthy fruits and vegetables. Composting food waste is also a key component of this program.
 

Certified Food Pantry Program

We guide and support the organizations seeking to become certified food pantries providing safe and healthy food support citywide.
 

Healthy Greens JC Community Vertical Farm Program

This first-of-its-kind urban indoor vertical farm brings fresh leafy greens to underserved communities. Membership is limited per location and is first-come-first-serve – our first two beta sites launched in late 2021 at Curries Woods and Marion Gardens in partnership with the Jersey City Housing Authority.

This membership program provides –

  • Free leafy greens
  • Nutrition and cooking workshops
  • Holistic health tips
  • Diagnostic health screenings for one year
     

Local Food, Local Places Grant

The City of Jersey City won a USDA and EPA grant in 2021, which our division submitted to focus on comprehensive solutions to address food insecurity in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. Find out more here.
 

SENIOR NUTRITION SITES

Through our Nutrition Grant programs, the City operates an additional nine Senior Citizen Nutrition sites from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays. These sites serve about 265 meals a day to seniors, five days a week, 52 weeks a year.  Click here for a list of senior lunch sites.
Jersey City’s Senior Lunch Program enables seniors to socialize and enjoy each other’s company and participate in activities that revitalize the spirit within all of us.

Department Contact Info

  • phone(201) 547 6809
  • Martin Luther King Jr. City Hall Annex
    One Jackson Square
    Jersey City, NJ 07305
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