As part of our commitment to fostering a healthier workplace, Jawonio recently joined the Farm-to-Work Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program – a CSA designed to meet the needs of busy, working individuals who want to eat healthy, local food.
This is a new initiative offered by the “Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play” program of the Rockland County Department of Health that allows employees, groups of employees, and Jawonio collectively to buy seasonal food directly from a farmer (specifically, Wright’s Farm in Gardiner, New York, and Glebocki Farm in Goshen, New York). There will be a farmer’s market type spread and visits from the Farm-to-Work “food-truck” at lunchtime to various Jawonio Campus locations throughout the season.
Earlier this year Jawonio was the recipient of a “Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play” award for our new Employee Wellness Center – a fitness, wellness and education center at our Main Campus that encourages Jawonio employees to lead a fit and healthy life. Jawonio Human Resources Manager, Viola James, was specifically honored for her leadership in the project and her certification in a diet and nutrition program designed for workplaces. By engaging in healthy behaviors we can better encourage our consumers and community to do the same.
Healthy eating is key to our goals, and we are thrilled that our employees (and any community members who stop by) will have access to affordable, fresh, and locally grown foods – delivered right to the workplace! Many employees have already vocalized how excited they are to eat better ‘on the job’ and bring fresh produce and other foods home to their families.
Jawonio supports Farm-To-Work’s core values as part of our new health and wellness initiatives:
1. Freshness—Eat fresh fruits throughout the season,
straight from the field to your hands. It tastes better and
it’s more nutritious.
2. Variety—Opportunity to try new varieties of produce.
3. Knowing where your food comes from—Deepen your connection to what you eat by getting to know the people who grow it.
4. Supporting the environment—Eat produce that is grown with eco-friendly methods.
5. Cook more—The healthiest meals are those cooked at home with fresh produce. Weekly newsletter supplies some recipe inspiration.
6. Value—Save money compared to buying similar produce at a farmer’s market. About 20% compared to farmers markets.
7. Economies—Know that your support helps the local economy by creating jobs locally.
8. Farm—CSAs preserve farmland by supporting local farms.
9. Convenience- Delivered directly to your workplace.
Special thanks goes to Mia Wolinsky, Registered Dietician, who works in Jawonio’s Community Living Services and the Jawonio Health Center for her efforts in coordinating this initiative with the Department of Health and Wrights Farm.
(more dates coming soon– check back!)
Thursday, Aug 28th 12:45-1:45
New City campus (in front of Fisher residence)
Items available for purchase: Locally grown seasonal produce and baked goods.