Jersey City Medical Center Announces Donation of Grant in Support of New Food Initiative


Caption: Jersey City Medical Center received a $15,000 grant on September 26, 2022 from the Provident Bank Foundation to support JCMC’s Green Apple Rx Food FARMacy program. Pictured (left to right): Konstantin Yusipov, Senior Market Vice President, Provident Bank; Samantha Plotino, executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation; Brandon Greene, Food FARMacy Community Health Worker; Michael Prilutsky, President and CEO of JCMC; Nicole Kagan, vice-president of the JCMC Foundation; Kristin Carlino MS, RD, Dietitian for JCMC Food FARMacy

JERSEY CITY, NJ Jersey City Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, received a $15,000 grant from the Provident Bank Foundation on Sept. 26 to support its Food FARMacy program.

“We are grateful to the Provident Bank Foundation for this grant and plan to use the funds to stock our pantry shelves,” said Kristin Carlino MS, RD, registered dietitian for Jersey City’s Green Apple Rx Food FARMacy program. Medical Center. “Having access to fresh produce, lean protein and whole grains encourages people to live healthier lives and the grant from Provident Bank will allow us to continue our efforts to provide both fresh food and education to ensure that participants achieve their nutritional goals.”

The Food FARMacy was established by the Medical Center and is located in Greenville at 1825 John F. Kennedy Boulevard to serve Hudson County residents who are food insecure and living with chronic conditions such as diabetes or obesity. The Food FARMacy aims to improve the health of community members by actively providing access to fresh produce. Without access to these products, communities revert to poor eating habits and then face countless health issues. Through the medical center’s partnerships with ACME Supermarkets, the NJ Community Food Bank and other local donors, community members can receive free fresh produce and nutritional counseling through a registered dietitian.

“We are pleased to support other valuable initiatives put forward by local organizations that work every day to strengthen the lives of residents in our communities,” said Samantha Plotino, Chief Executive Officer of 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 people they serve.

For more information about the Food FARMacy at Jersey City Medical Center, visit

About Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, heals, improves and invests in Hudson County. It is a 348-bed teaching hospital offering comprehensive acute and sub-acute care services. A nonprofit hospital, the medical center is a state-designated Level II regional trauma center with more than 16,000 admissions, more than 200,000 outpatient visits, and more than 80,000 emergency room visits annually.

About Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation, created by Provident Bank, continually aims to seek out and support organizations focused on improving community enrichment, education and health, youth and families. The Foundation serves this purpose by supporting nonprofit groups, institutions, schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in proud communities served by the Bank. Dedicated since 2003, the Foundation has awarded more than $28 million to nonprofit organizations and institutions working to strengthen our better and brighter communities. For more information, visit or call 826-260-3990.


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