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

Jersey City Medical Center receives grant for the Food FARMacy

Caption: Jersey City Medical Center was awarded a $15,000 grant on September 26, 2022, from The Provident Bank Foundation to support JCMC’s Green Apple Rx Food FARMacy program. Pictured (L-R): Konstantin Yusipov, Vice President Market Manager, Provident Bank; Samantha Plotino, Executive Director at The Provident Bank Foundation; Brandon Greene, Food FARMacy Community Health Worker; Michael Prilutsky, JCMC President and CEO; Nicole Kagan, JCMC Foundation Vice President; Kristin Carlino MS, RD, Registered Dietitian for JCMC Food FARMacy

JERSEY CITY, NJ Jersey City Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, was awarded a $15,000 grant on September 26 from The Provident Bank Foundation 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 Medical Center’s Green Apple Rx Food FARMacy program. “Having access to fresh produce, lean proteins, 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 participants meet their nutrition goals.”

The Food FARMacy was created 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 illnesses like diabetes or obesity. The Food FARMacy aims to improve community members’ state of health by actively providing access to fresh produce. Without access to such products, communities revert to unhealthy eating habits and later deal with countless health problems. Through the Medical Center’s partnerships with ACME Supermarkets, the Community Food Bank of NJ, and other local donors, community members are eligible to receive free fresh produce and nutritional counseling through a registered dietitian.

“We are pleased to help further valuable initiatives put forth by local organizations that are working every day to strengthen the lives of residents in our communities,” said Samantha Plotino, Executive Director of 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.”

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, is healing, enhancing, and investing in Hudson County. It is a comprehensive full-service acute and sub-acute care 348-bed teaching hospital. A not-for-profit hospital, the Medical Center is a state-designated Level II Regional Trauma Center with more than 16,000 admissions, over 200,000 outpatient visits and over 80,000 Emergency Department visits annually.

About The Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation, established by Provident Bank, aims continually to search and support organizations focusing on the enhancement of community enrichment, education and health, youth, and families. The Foundation serves this purpose by supporting not-for-profit 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 granted more than $28 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward strengthening our better and brighter communities. For more information, visit or call 826-260-3990.