Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security in Newark, NJ
South Ward SID joins with other City stakeholders to support the issue at documentary film premiere.
High rates of diabetes and obesity. Limited access to nutritious food. These issues are having a negative impact on Newark residents including their health and productivity. At the January 30th premiere of Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security in Newark, NJ, at the Priory (St. Joseph Plaza), representatives of the South Ward SID joined with other individuals and organizations to address the issue.
Phillip Gilmore, Pastor of St. John’s Community Baptist Church and President of the South Ward SID, was one of many community leaders and representatives featured in the film. Access to healthcare, including programs, services and information about better nutrition, is a key component of the SID’s mission.
The documentary was a collaborative effort spearheaded by RWJBarnabas Health, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and The Greater Newark Community Advisory Board, who worked with community-based partner organizations from all five wards of the city. Citizen Journalists representing Newark youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 21, helped create the film to raise awareness of food insecurity, food security, and how these issues are interrelated with community health and well-being in Newark.
Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, thanked everyone who contributed to the effort, stating that the entire process of creating the film represented a cultivation of all members of the community – “it is of you, by you, and for you.”
Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President & CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, added that he was excited not just about the film, but also about Newark Beth’s local health and wellness programs and initiatives, including numerous Health Fairs, the Hire Newark program and the Greenhouse at Newark Beth, that help engage community members. “This dialogue is a beginning on our path towards keeping families well,” Terry concluded.
The premiere included a reception, the screening of the film, and a panel with many individuals featured in the documentary, who engaged with event participants to discuss the ideas and opportunities on how to improve food security in Newark.