Our Mission
  To invest in sustainable initiatives that promote the health and wellness of Salem County,
  New Jersey residents by investing in programs and services that improve the health,
  well-being & access to quality health care for all.

  The Foundation’s vision is to be a financial resource for organizations specializing
  in servicing the health needs that are deemed to be unmet or underserved.

  The Foundation opened its offices in August 2003. The first grant was awarded in January 
  2004 and since that time the Foundation has awarded 162 grants to 88 organizations for
  a total in excess of $15 million dollars.

Salem County Walks
The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation has brought together partners to establish a walking campaign to promote improved health through physical activity. Physical activity is first and foremost an opportunity to have fun. It is good for both your body and mind. And walking is a great way to begin being more physically active.

After attending the America Walks conference in September, community leaders came together to create Salem County Walks hoping to inspire residents to begin walking.


 The goal is to train leaders to establish walking groups throughout Salem County.
 There are many parks and small towns that can be conducive to walking groups.
 Some municipalities are establishing or improving parks in their communities so
 residents can take advantage of this opportunity. So let’s get moving, Salem
 The partners involved in this initiative are America Walks~Borough of
 Elmer~Elsinboro Township~Pennsville Township~Quinton Township~Rutger’s
 FCHS – Cooperative Extension~Salem County Sheriff’s Office~Salem County
 Department of Health and Human Services~Salem Community College~Salem
 County YMCA and Stand Up for Salem.
 Visit our Facebook Page @SalemCountyWalks for upcoming events and
 information. To sign-up for the training, call 856-299-4460.

Grant Activity Update

 It's shaping up to be another busy year for the Foundation. Below are
 the grants awarded in the first quarter of 2018, with many more in
 the pipeline!



 The Foundation board and staff are dedicated to funding programs and 
 services that help to make Salem County a healthier place to live for all
 of us.

Alex's Corner
Press Release, Shoemaker and Upper Pittsgrove, April 2018
Interesting things are happening in schools around Salem County via the Grow Healthy program offered by Rutgers FCHS, Family and Community Health Sciences, and funded by Salem Health and Wellness Foundation.

Food waste is a worldwide issue, but in the U.S. 30-40% of all food produced is never eaten with roughly 31% of food loss coming from retail and consumer levels. This has far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation, and climate change. Food that could have helped food insecure families is sent to landfills.


 The resources used to produce the food (land, water, labor, energy, fuel, etc.) are wasted
 and could have been directed to other beneficial uses. Food waste is the single largest
 component in municipal landfills and generates methane making landfills the 3rd largest
 source of methane in the U.S. (

 As part of their compost initiative, Mary Shoemaker elementary school in Woodstown, NJ
 has conducted a food waste analysis. The results were presented to the 5th grade class as
 a way to engage students in the discussion around food waste. Students then broke into
 groups to discuss possible solutions to the amount of food wasted during lunch time utilizing
 the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mindset. The suggestions ranged from donating unused food to
 those in need to changing menu offerings to reduce waste. Students also suggested that
 food be composted and used in the school garden.

 The 5th grade class will lead the school in their composting mission by making posters
 outlining what can and cannot be composted. These posters will be hung near compost
 buckets and trash cans in the cafeteria to direct students in their composting initiative.
 Another food waste analysis will be done to assess the impact of the initiative.



 Upper Pittsgrove School, with help from Beni Hanna Nishikigoi and Aquaponics in Carneys
 Point, NJ, is the first school in Salem County NJ with a large scale aquaponics system.
 Aquaponics is a system that combines aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish)
 with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture,
 excretions accumulate and increase toxicity of the water which needs to be cleaned out to
 keep a healthy environment. In an aquaponics system, the animal by-products are broken
 down and utilized by the plants as nutrients.

 The system in Upper Pittsgrove was designed and constructed by Beni Hanna. Beni Hanna
 also provides the Koi for the tanks and will continue to support the system given their
 professional experience with aquaponics. The system is located in a science classroom that
 has access to an outdoor courtyard. Long-term plans include an outdoor garden where the
 water from the tanks can be recycled by watering the plants in the garden beds.

 At Upper Pittsgrove School, next year’s science curriculum will revolve around incorporating
 the system to meet the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The goal is to create a
 meaningful, hands on STEM activities to enrich the learning experience for our middle
 school students.

 Students will learn about symbiotic relationships, ecosystems, pH, water chemistry, and
 much more via the aquaponics system. As with all Grow Healthy schools, there will be a
 connection to food, health, and nutrition as edible plants will be grown in this system.


Poll Shows New Jerseyans Split on Legalizing Marijuana
Galloway, N.J. _ Adults in New Jersey are split over whether marijuana should be made legal in the state for recreational use, but one in four say they would try it or use it if it were legal, according to Stockton University poll results released today.
According to the poll of 728 adult New Jersey residents, 49 percent support legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes in New Jersey, where marijuana use is allowed only for medical purposes. Forty-four percent oppose legalization, with 5 percent unsure. One percent volunteered that they would decriminalize marijuana. Gov. Phil Murphy supported legalizing marijuana for people ages 21 and older during his gubernatorial campaign as a social justice issue and as a way to raise an estimated $300 million in sales tax revenues.


 Seventy-five percent say they do not currently use marijuana and would not even if it were
 legal. But nearly one in four respondents say either that although they do not use marijuana
 they would try it if it were legal (15 percent) or that they currently use marijuana and would
 continue to use legal marijuana (9 percent).

 “These poll results suggest there is not a consensus in New Jersey on whether marijuana
 should be made legal,” said Michael W. Klein, interim executive director of the William J.
 Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton.

 Younger adults and men are more likely to support legalization of marijuana than older
 respondents and women. Sixty-four percent of respondents younger than age 50 support
 legalization, compared to 41 percent age 50 and older. Among men, 56 percent support
 legalizing marijuana, while only 44 percent of women do. There is no significant difference
 in responses based on education levels or household income.

 The Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy interviewed
 728 New Jersey adults from March 22-29, 2018. Interviewers working from the Stockton
 University campus called landline and cell telephones. The statewide poll’s margin of error
 is +/- 3.65 percentage points.

 Pro-legalization poll respondents were asked to identify the main reason for their support.
 Twenty-four percent say tax revenues are their main reason, while a combined 22 percent
 say marijuana is safer than alcohol or tobacco (11 percent) or other illegal drugs (11 percent).
 Fifteen percent identify medical or health benefits of marijuana as their main reason. Another
 11 percent say legalizing marijuana would reduce law enforcement or prison costs.

 More than half of opponents of legalization cite health problems or addiction as the reason
 they are against the proposal, with 24 percent saying it could lead to harder drugs,
 20 percent saying marijuana is harmful to good health and 11 percent saying it is addictive.
 Ten percent cite difficulties in government regulating the drug.

 The Stockton Poll finds that less than three months into his first term, the new governor
 remains an unknown to a sizable part of the population. He is viewed favorably by
 40 percent, compared to 27 percent who have unfavorable impressions of Murphy. But one
 in three respondents say they are not familiar with Murphy (10 percent) or are unsure what
 to think (23 percent). Among those who know who Murphy is, 39 percent give him good or
 excellent job performance ratings while 45 percent rate it as fair or poor, with 19 percent
 unsure. The results break down along party lines, with a majority of Democrats giving the
 Democratic governor positive ratings.

 Overall, 36 percent say New Jersey is going in the right direction, but 45 percent say it is on
 the wrong track and 19 percent are not sure. Those numbers are more positive than feelings
 about the nation as a whole. In Stockton poll results released Tuesday, only 27 percent say
 the country is going in the right direction and 63 percent feel it is on the wrong track, with 10
 percent unsure.

 Majorities in the poll strongly support other policy initiatives advocated by the governor,
 according to the poll results released today. Sixty-eight percent support raising state taxes
 on households with annual income of more than $1 million, while 29 percent oppose a
 so-called “millionaire’s tax” with 3 percent unsure. And 73 percent support state government
 providing tuition-free community college in New Jersey, with 24 percent opposed and 3
 percent unsure.

 Stockton Poll results released Tuesday found 75 percent supporting stricter gun control laws
 and a federal law banning semi-automatic rifles, positions supported by Governor Murphy.

 Diane D’Amico
 Director of News and Media Relations
 Galloway, N.J. 08205


Easy Hummus Recipe

Homemade hummus is very easy to make and it tastes much better than anything you can buy at the store. If you don’t have any tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, you can try making it yourself or leave it out. A chickpea purée without it is still quite delicious. Just add more olive oil. Another option is to use a natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter in its place.

Makes 6 servings or about 1 1/2 cups


 You Will Need

 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas

 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)

 1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini

 1 small garlic clove, minced

 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

 Salt to taste

 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) water

 Dash ground paprika, for serving 


 In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice and process for 1 minute,
 scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process for 30 seconds more. This extra time
 helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making the hummus smooth and creamy.

 Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whipped tahini and
 lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process
 another 30 seconds or until well blended.

 Open, drain, and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and
 process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl, then add remaining chickpeas
 and process until thick and quite smooth; 1 to 2 minutes.

 Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the
 food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until you reach the perfect

 Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and dash of
 paprika. Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.

 Adam and Joanne's Tips
  • How to Cook Chickpeas: You can use canned or home-cooked chickpeas for this recipe. To see how we cook dried chickpeas, see our simple tutorial here. We have included three methods including how to do it in a slow cooker.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.
 If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your
 creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

 Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 cup / Calories 190 / Protein 6 g / Carbohydrate 18 g /
 Dietary Fiber 5 g / Total Sugars 3 g / Total Fat 11 g / Saturated Fat 2 g / Cholesterol 0 mg

 AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher


Try these 7 probiotic foods for gut health
By: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.
1. Tempeh

Tempeh is made from naturally fermented soybeans. With a slightly nutty flavor, it’s a good source of probiotics—and, because it contains all the essential amino acids, it’s a complete source of vegetarian protein.


2. Miso

A fermented paste made from barley, rice or soybeans, miso adds a nice umami flavor to dishes. It’s bold, so a little goes a long way (which is good because it’s also high in sodium).


3. Sauerkraut

Made from just cabbage and salt, this fermented food delivers a healthy dose of probiotics and fiber.


4. Yogurt

Yogurt labeled with the "Live & Active Cultures" seal guarantees 100 million probiotic cultures per gram (about 17 billion cultures in a 6-ounce cup) at manufacturing time. Even yogurts without this seal will contain some probiotics.


5. Kefir

A fermented milk drink—it tastes a bit like drinkable yogurt—kefir is full of calcium and probiotics.


6. Kombucha

Kombucha is a tangy, effervescent tea—typically black or green. The drink is often flavored with herbs or fruit. You can find it in natural foods stores, some farmers’ markets and many mainstream grocery stores. A tiny amount of alcohol is sometimes produced during fermentation—usually less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. However, some kombuchas have been found to contain up to 2 or 3 percent alcohol.


7. Kimchi

Sauerkraut’s Korean cousin, this fermented cabbage is spicy. Look for it in the refrigerated section near other Asian ingredients or pickles and sauerkraut.

©2018 Eating Well, Inc.





Salem County Family Support Services

Family Support Services

Family Success Center
Salem Family Success Center
14 New Market Street
Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 935-0944

Riverview Family Success Center
157 West Main Street
Penns Grove, NJ 08069

Kinship Navigator Program
Family Service Association
English Creek Avenue, Suite 3
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(877) 569-0350

Early Childhood Services

Parents Anonymous of NJ Inc.
South Jersey Father Time
St. Matthews Masonic Lodge #20
Penns Grove, NJ 08079
(856) 293-7301
Fatherhood program to assist dads with deepening their concerns with their children.
Serving fathers in Salem County.

Health Dept

DFCP Directory

Home Visitation
Robin’s Nest, Inc.
Healthy Families - TIP
Nurse Family Partnership
42 South Delsea Drive
Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 881-8689

Strengthening Families
Quality Care Resource &
Referral Services, Inc.
5 Route 45, Suite 200
Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 469-6100 ext. 2411
(856) 463-6100 ext. 2407

Domestic Violence Services

Salem County Women’s Services
PO Box 125
Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 935-6655 (24 hour hotline)
(856) 935-8012 (office)

Social Services

Salem County Board of
Social Services
147 South Virginia Avenue
PO Box 111
Penns Grove, NJ 08069
(856) 299-7200

School–Linked Services

School Based Youth Services Programs
Salem City High School
219 Walnut Street
Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 935-3900 ext. 270

Salem County School Based Youth Services
Box 350
890 Route 45
Woodstown, NJ 08098
(856) 935-7365

Family Friendly Center
John Fenwick School
183 Smith Street
Salem, NJ 08079
(856) 935-4100 ext. 229

Child Assault Prevention
NJ Child Assault Prevention Network
Education Information &
Resource Center
900 Hollydell Court
Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 241-4395

Salem County Parks