Passaic County Food Policy Council



The Passaic County Food Policy Council (PCFPC) is a group of stakeholders working to ensure that all Passaic County residents have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious, and affordable foods and to support a sustainable and economically viable local food system.   

In 2012, UWPC and the PCFPC released Where’s the Food? A Report on Food Insecurity and Food Access in Passaic County, New Jersey. This report provided a comprehensive view of food availability, accessibility, and affordability in Passaic County.  This critical data informed UWPC and the members of the PCFPC as they worked to create The PUSH Report: A Community Vision to Create Food Security for All, an action plan publicly released on October 24, 2012.   PCFPC members have used the PUSH report as a catalyst to expand and implement projects in the community, which have included: an assessment of the food retail opportunities in Paterson's first ward, programing at Habitat for Humanity to educate and assist homeowners in the establishment of home gardens; UWPC’s Family Table project providing cooking classes and nutrition education to young families; Expansion of Farmers Markets in the City of Paterson by City Green; a worksite wellness initiative for Passaic County worksites coordinated by UWPC and the Passaic County Public Health Collaborative; as well as successful advocacy for the expansion of school breakfast in the City of Paterson. 

In 2017 the PCFPC released a comprehensive community Building a Culture of Health: Blueprint for Action The Blueprint for Action addresses the social determinants of health- the drivers of health outcomes – and includes four focus areas:  Healthy Food Access, Economic Opportunity, Access to Clinical Healthcare, and Community Safety.  The PCFPC is responsible for implementing the Healthy Food Access strategies outlined in the Blueprint for Action which include:  Federal Meals Programs, Healthy Food Procurement, Wellness Policies, Nutrition and Cooking Knowledge, and Healthy Corner Stores.  These strategies are implemented by action oriented working groups within the council.   Read more about the Council's achievements.

For more information about the Passaic County Food Policy Council please follow us on Facebook: @PassaicFood .  You can also check out our latest blog post on New Jersey Health Inititatives which highlights the work of our partners.  


The Passaic County Food Policy Council meets bi-monthly.  The 2019 General council meeting schedule is as follows:  

January 13

Tuesday, March 12 - Special Breakfast Forum on Building a Culture of Health 
Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
Location:  The Brownstone, 351 West Broadway, Paterson, NJ
Register here to attend.  Building a Culture of Health Breakfast Forum 

September 14

November 9

Meetings are generally from 9:30am to 11:30am.  Check back for meeting locations. 

Meeting times for Working Groups varies.  For more information regarding Working Group meetings please contact Mary Celis.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation  Jessica Schaefer
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly Yvette Roland
Bridge Hope CDC Rev. Andrew Bennett
Catholic Charities  Diane Silbernagel
Center for Family Resources Jennifer Salt
Children's Aid & Family Services Samantha Harries & Shyra Aultman
City Green  Jasmine Moreano & Lisa Martin
City of Paterson Economic Development  Cristina Deutsch
City of Paterson Health & Human Services Hilda Perez & Robin Regenburgh
Community Food Bank of New Jersey  Michele Jansen 
CUMAC-ECHO Rose Peligrini & Stephanie Ames
Food Corps Julia Balsam
Habitat for Humanity  Jerry Flach & Claire Relling
NJCDC Renee Hooks, Lety Reyes & Seth Friedman
New Hope Community Ministries Grace Kuipers
New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition Lisa Pitz
Northern NJ Maternal-Child Consortium  Marie Kinsella
Passaic County Dept. of Planning & Economic Development Kathleen M. Caren
Passaic County Dept. of Public Health Charlene Gungil, Lakeyla Whitaker & Lori Novak
Passaic County Division of Nutrition Services, Dept. of Senior Services James G. Osgood
Paterson Alliance Inge Spungen
Paterson Education Fund  Rosie Grant & Linda Reid
Paterson Great Falls Youth Build Stacy Haynes
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County Sara Elnakib, RD, MPH 
Shoprite – Little Falls. NJ  Heather Sasha, RD
Shoprite - Passaic NJ Rafael Cuellar & Stephanie Pose, RD
Shoprite - Wayne NJ 
Small Business Development Center Kate Muldoon
St. Augustine Church Nancy Grier
St. Joseph's Healthcare System Kenneth Morris Jr.
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation Corin Infantino
St. Peter's Haven Kevin Dougherty
Star of Hope Ministries Rev. Matt Anderson
Wayne YMCA Cathy Scutti

Visitors are always welcome at Food Policy Council general meetings! Membership inquiries: Please contact Mary Celis.  Download the membership form.

Links and Resources:

Hunger Free Communities Grantees 

For more information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and Council membership, please contact call (973) 279-8900 Ext. 203.