I’m not always thrilled with the decisions my governor makes. Who ever is? But Gov. Jon Corzine from my home state of New Jersey is doing one that thing that I’m really pleased with. He’s making getting fresh food to the hungry a priority while helping out my local farmers. For that he gets an A plus.

Last week, the governor visited the Food Bank of New Jersey in Pennsauken and “encouraged continued partnerships between the state’s food banks and local farmers to bolster the local economy and New Jersey’s agricultural community.”

“Since the beginning of our Hunger Initiative in 2006, we have seen more food that is supplied and grown right here in the Garden State being distributed to those who need it the most,” Corzine said. “Our partners have remained committed to maintaining a dependable, consistent supply of nutritious food for our families in need. 

“I want to encourage our network of food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries to continue to strengthen their partnerships locally to purchase Jersey Fresh products, as it supports our local economies, our businesses, and our agricultural community.”

There doesn’t seem to be any specific guidelines for exactly what percentage of Jersey Fresh products the food banks need to purchase, but New Jersey can provide plenty of good, fresh local food. Those who are in need right now should have access to the same blueberries, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches and world’s best corn on the cob that the rest of the people in the Garden State have access to. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

NJ governor makes local food a priority
In his Hunger Initiative, Gov. Jon Corzine makes buying locally grown food for food banks a priority.