Applegate Farms Partners with FoodCorps to Transform Food Education in New Jersey Schools

Applegate Farms Partners with FoodCorps to Transform Food Education in New Jersey Schools

Applegate Farms teams up with FoodCorps to revolutionize food education in New Jersey schools, empowering students with knowledge about healthy eating.

Bedminster, New Jersey: In a groundbreaking initiative, Applegate Farms, LLC, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat brand, has announced a strategic partnership with FoodCorps, a national justice organization dedicated to improving food education.

This collaboration is set to significantly impact New Jersey schools, where most students benefit from free school meals.

Empowering the Next Generation

Applegate Farms is committed to fostering a new generation of informed eaters.

“We are honored to support FoodCorps’ visionary work in classrooms, gardens, and cafeterias, educating a new generation of students on the power of food,” said Joseph O’Connor, president of Applegate.

“Food systems change only happens when knowledge is shared equally. FoodCorps’ commitment to empowering young people to be their health advocates speaks to the heart of Applegate’s mission: Changing The Meat We Eat®.”

FoodCorps’ Impact and Mission

FoodCorps partners with schools and communities to nourish children’s health, education, and sense of belonging.

Its AmeriCorps members collaborate with educators and school nutrition leaders to teach kids about growing, cooking, and eating nourishing food.

They also strive to bring more fresh, local, and culturally relevant foods to school cafeterias and advocate for policy changes to enhance food education, scratch-cooked school meals, and universal free school meals.

“We are thrilled to partner with Applegate and grateful for its generous support of our work advancing justice for kids through nourishing food,” said Curt Ellis, Co-Founder and CEO of FoodCorps.

“We look forward to working together to ensure every child in New Jersey has access to the food education and healthy school meals they need to learn, grow, and thrive.”

Measuring Success

FoodCorps’ direct programming reaches over 100,000 students annually.

Research shows that kids in schools with extensive FoodCorps hands-on learning activities consume up to three times as many fruits and vegetables as their peers who receive less of such education.

A Commitment to Community Wellbeing

“As a mission-based company, Applegate believes that we are all a part of something bigger. We are proud to support FoodCorps’ 2030 goal for every child to have access to food education and nourishing food in school,” said Carolyn Gahn, senior director of mission and advocacy at Applegate.

“Educating young people on the importance of healthy eating is investing in our communities’ wellbeing and the next generation.”

About Applegate Farms, LLC

  • Founded: 1987
  • Products: Natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese, and frozen products.
  • Mission: Changing The Meat We Eat®
  • Standards: Animals are 100% grass-fed or raised on vegetarian feed. No GMO ingredients. No antibiotics or growth promotants.
  • Humane treatment of animals allows natural growth and behaviors.
  • Applegate became a stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods in July 2015. For more information, visit Applegate Farms or connect on Instagram.

About FoodCorps

  • Mission: Partner with schools and communities to nourish children’s health, education, and sense of belonging through food education and advocacy.
  • Goals by 2030: Every child will have access to food education and nourishing food in school.
  • For more information, visit FoodCorps.

Key Highlights of the Partnership

Key AspectDetails
Focus AreasSchools in New Jersey with a high percentage of students on free meals
ObjectivesEmpower students with food education, improve access to healthy meals, advocate for food policy changes
ImpactReaching over 100,000 students annually, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
SupportFinancial backing and corporate support from Applegate Farms

This partnership between Applegate Farms and FoodCorps is vital to ensuring every child in New Jersey has the knowledge and resources to make healthy food choices, fostering a healthier, more informed generation.

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