A South Jersey university and a Delaware Valley nonprofit are teaming up to make access to fresh fruits and veggies easier for residents.
On Friday, October 26th, officials with Rowan University and Philabundance kicked off their Fresh for All program, which will provide free fresh fruits and vegetables to the Glassboro and Rowan communities through the new Philabundance location on Rowan’s campus.
Through the Fresh for All program, Philabundance will offer a free produce market every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., in Parking Lot D at the corner of Bowe Boulevard and Carpenter Street.
Officials say this is a great way to make sure everyone in the community has access to fresh healthy foods.
"Within the community and within college students in general, there's definitely hardships with finding fresh produce," said Brienna Sanchez, undergraduate coordinator, Rowan Office of Volunteerism. "I know that it can be expensive sometimes and that college students don't always have access to it. So it's really great not only for Glassboro's community, but Rowan students to come out and have access to fresh food."
To receive fruits and vegetables, area residents do not need to show identification, but they should bring their own bags or boxes.
Produce that is not distributed will be taken to the SHOP (Students Helping Other Profs) food pantry to assist Rowan students experiencing food insecurity.
The SHOP will provide remaining fruits and vegetables to students each Friday from noon to 3 p.m.