Ridgewood NJ, in 2015 the Gate House of the former horse farm at Habernickel Park was rented out to a new tenant. The Village Council approved a mulit-year lease with a local organization that teaches both children and adults about nutrition and healthy lifestyles, HealthBarn USA .
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Ridgewood NJ, Feed the Frontlines, a collaborative initiative supported by the Healthbarn Foundation, the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce, and the Bergen County Food Security Task Force, will soon be able to start another phase of operation thanks to the receipt of a new $1 million NJEDA grant to the Healthbarn Foundation! This is an incredible program where local restaurants provide nutritious hot meals to community pantries across Bergen County. This program is truly one of the best examples of county government, non-profit organizations, and small business teaming up to tackle an important issue in our community. To date, over 300,000 meals have been delivered pantries, providing the dignity of a hot meal from a local restaurant to families in need.
Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced plans to award grants totaling $17.5 million to 30 nonprofit organizations including HealthBarn Foundation in Ridgewood through Phase 3 of its successful Sustain & Serve NJ program. Sustain & Serve NJ provides eligible entities with grants to support the purchase of meals from New Jersey restaurants that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the distribution of those meals at no cost to recipients. The additional $17.5 million in awards announced today brings total program funding to $52.5 million.
Ridgewood NJ, Volunteer Program Feed the Frontlines and Helping Those in Need funded through the HealthBarn Foundation 501c3 by public donations in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic was awarded the 2021 NJ Governor’s Jefferson Medallion, known as the Nobel Peace Prize of Volunteerism, for outstanding community service as a volunteer group on September 12, 2021 at the Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ. There were 12 finalists for the Volunteer Program/Group category and Feed the Frontlines was selected to receive the prestigious Jefferson Medallion. Team members accepting the award for over 400 volunteers included Stacey Antine, MS, RDN, Founder, Director of the Foundation, Paul Vagianos, owner It’s Greek to Me and Bergen County Commissioner Tracy Zur who also spearheads the county’s Food Security Task Force. The Jefferson Awards, founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, is America’s top honor for public service. For 46 years, the Jefferson Awards have honored a who’s who of American change makers and more than 50,000 community volunteers.
Ridgewood NJ, after successfully fulfilling its mission to deliver $1 million in economic relief to local restaurants and 100,000 hot and healthy meals to those facing food insecurity in Bergen County, the HealthBarn Foundation and its partners are committing to continuing the ‘Feed the Frontlines: Helping Those In Need’ initiative.
Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Village Council has once again put HealthBarn USA’s future at Habernickel Park’s Gate House on hold , The Village Council agreed to delay a new lease offer until the cost of repairs to the building is known.
Ridgewood NJ, are the supporters of Healthbarn concerned if the lease doesn’t get renewed Stacey Antine will no longer do good for Ridgewood through her Foundation? That is not what the lease is about it is about Healthbarn USA a private for profit business. Healthbarn foundation is headquartered in Lyndhust. So why does every thing written about Healthbarn talk mainly about the foundation not about her classes going on in the park?
Ridgewood NJ, In the article on the front page of The Ridgewood News in quotes it states “this partnership has exceeded all expectations & proven to be a mutually beneficial to all”. How? It has always been called a partnership but the first few years NO profits from Healthbarn went to the village. Healthbarn kept 100% all while the village advertises it on its parks & rec website. The only classes today that are partnership are the few offered on one day off school holidays.
What better way to show our appreciation to the community we serve than to throw a party! Come join our b.good family next Sunday, 10/23, between 11:30a & 5:30p, for our first b.good Ridgewood Community Appreciation Day!In addition to having fun games for kids and free samples for everyone, we’ll also be giving back by supporting our community partner, HealthBarn Foundation.
We’re excited to donate 20% of sales from the day to their Healing Meals program – which prepares nutritious meals for families with children undergoing treatment for cancer and serious blood disorders through Tomorrows Children’s Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
So, please stop in and join the fun. We can’t wait to see you!
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