Rutgers Professor, Farmers Against Hunger Deliver Healthy Food to Camden Villages

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CAMDEN – Assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, Kathy Jackson, have partnered with Farmers Against Hunger and the Housing Authority of the City of Camden for a special cause.
The collaboration, which resulted from Jackson’s ongoing community health project, started to help Camden families live healthier lifestyles, brought 22,350 pounds of produce to the Branch and Ablett villages in the riverfront city.
Jackson’s research focuses on community engagement and health in communities in need. The community health project focuses on bringing nutritional needs to Camden families as well as health education and outreach programs.
Jackson earned her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing in Philadelphia before pursuing her subsequent master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Rutgers University (N.J.).
Jackson also holds a doctoral degree from the legacy University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing at Stratford.
Jackson’s resume includes her work as an adult and family nurse practitioner around the area of Medford Lakes, N.J., where she resides. Jackson has dedicated her career to primary care, the prevention and management of chronic disease, and community engagement. She is a recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015 Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence.
“The goal for this project was to get fresh produce into low-income communities in Camden,” said  Jackson.
The Branch and Ablett villages include more than 500 housing units. The aforementioned deliveries began on Monday, July 6, 2015, and continued through Thanksgiving, resulting in 3,200 pounds of produce  received by the families.
Brian Strumfels, produce coordinator for Farmers Against Hunger, made the deliveries to the villages twice a week. Strumfels is a 2006 Rutgers-Camden graduate and Bordentown, N.J., resident.
“Delivering fresh produce to very specific locations like Ablett and Branch is particularly rewarding because these are people who may not be able to get out to the store or who don’t have access to supermarkets,” said Strumfels.
“They can just walk out their front door to pick up the produce we deliver.”

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