Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Receives $15K Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation to Support Family Food Program

The Provident Bank Foundation to Support Family Food Program

The Provident Bank Foundation presents $15K check in support of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s (NBIMC) Farm-to-Family Food Box Program. From L to R: Rena Jordan, Vice President of Development, NBIMC; Emily Ho, RDN, Wellness Services, NBIMC; Molly Fallon Dixon, MS, RDN, Manager, Community Wellness Services, NBIMC; Samantha Plotino, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation; Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, MHA, RN, Chief Equity Officer and Vice President of Community Relations, NBIMC; and Michael A. Petrucci, First Vice President Market Manager, Provident Bank.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center announced it has been awarded a major grant of $15,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support Newark Beth Israel’s Farm-to-Family Food Box Program.

Newark Beth Israel’s Farm-to-Family Program provides new and expecting mothers who are receiving care at Newark Beth Israel’s Women’s Health Center with a Farm-to-Family Food Box which includes a variety of local seasonal produce, eggs and bread and nutrition education materials.  The Farm-to-Family food boxes are conveniently delivered every other week to the homes of participants who qualify.

“Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is committed to addressing social determinants of health such as food insecurity and this grant from the Provident Bank Foundation will help us empower even more families with the tools they need to live healthier lives,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. 

“With the pandemic has come an even more urgent need for our mothers to obtain healthy food for themselves and their families,” adds Barbara Mintz MS, RD, Senior VP of Healthy Living and Community Engagement, RWJBarnabas Health.  “Our Farm-to-Family Food Box Program empowers mothers to be healthy during pregnancy and beyond with food deliveries and virtual education classes.”

“We are pleased to help further valuable initiatives put forth by local organizations who are working every day to strengthen the lives of residents in our communities,” said Samantha Plotino, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We will continue to provide support to these important organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve.”

The Farm-to-Family Food Box Program is facilitated by Newark Beth Israel’s Wellness Team, a group of registered dietitians who operate several community wellness initiatives at the hospital including, the Women’s Wellness Pantry at the Reverend Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center, a Farmers Market every Thursday at The Beth Greenhouse, on the corner of Osborne Terrace and Lehigh Avenue and over forty wellness classes for the community every month.

For more information about the Farm-to-Family Food Box Program and other Wellness Programs at NBIMC, visit:

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is a Top Teaching Hospital and home to one of the nation’s top 15 heart transplant centers, which has performed more than 1,100 heart transplants. NBI has been designated a World’s Best Hospital-USA by Newsweek and has six consecutive “A” grades for safety from The Leapfrog Group. The hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for acute coronary syndrome, congestive heart failure and ventricular assist device and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer. Newark Beth Israel is home to RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs complex cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs). Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is also home to Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), which cares for children from birth through adolescence, with more than 30 specialized pediatric services including New Jersey’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; and the Children’s Heart Center that offers a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health and The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community, including The Beth Greenhouse, which provides access to fresh produce and health and wellness education to local residents.

About The Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $27 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, visit or call (862) 260-3990.