FROM OUR HANDS TO YOURS

Spotlighting the lives and contributions of Agricultural Workers and a health center's commitment to their care
While most Americans are privileged to have access to abundant, affordable produce year round, many of us don't know where that food comes from— or who tends and harvests the crops. Each year, millions of farm workers and their families labor in orchards, vineyards and fields across the country to provide us with fresh fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products. This book sheds light on the unseen faces that make our access possible.

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“I work with a smile and enthusiam no matter what I’m facing. Because in the end, this food lands on plates in thousands of homes providing good nutrition for families. I take pride in my work and am very thankful for it! I am very responsible and only take off when I am sick or have to go to the doctor. I have no complaints.”
~Juan Garcia
Camden County Farmworker/SJFMC Promolore

Summary

New Jersey, the Garden State—where over 40% of its own residents aren’t sure why this nickname is on every license plate in the state—has approximately 715,000 acres dedicated to agriculture. Farmers produce 100 different kinds of fruits and vegetables in rural areas that extend from southern New Jersey to points north. Agriculture is the state’s third-largest industry and is valued at well over a billion dollars! Here’s something else many New Jerseyans don’t know. While most may be privileged to have access to abundant, affordable produce year round, many of us don’t know where that food comes from. Or who tends and harvests the crops. Each year, millions of farmworkers and their families labor in orchards, vineyards and fields across the country to provide us with fresh fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products.

Farmworkers are comprised mainly of immigrant labor. While some farmworkers are permanent workers, almost 30,000 farmworkers leave their homes in Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and other Central American countries to follow the Eastern Migrant Stream from Florida through Maine. They stop along the way in New Jersey every year, many working the rural areas of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties. They hand pick blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, cranberries, strawberries, corn and other fruits and vegetables grown in the area.

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Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has provided primary health care services to migrant seasonal farmworkers for more than four decades. Beginning in 1977 with seven workers providing comprehensive services to farmworkers in local farm camps, the organization known then as Sa-Lantic Health Services quickly expanded across southern Jersey. Today, SJFMC proudly provides preventative health care and dental services to uninsured and underserved residents and migrant seasonal workers throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties. The health center has eight service delivery sites and two Mobile Medics. It is a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home, providing health care to over 52,000 patients annually.

Services include pediatric and well-baby care, adult and internal medicine, women’s health care and family planning, dental services, behavioral health, podiatry, health education, migrant outreach, patient transportation, care management and translation services. Services are provided to all patients in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner, regardless of their ability to pay. Uninsured patients are welcome, and outreach efforts are designed to reach patients most in need of comprehensive and accessible medical care. SJFMC is proud to be an integral part of the health care delivery system that reduces financial and cultural barriers to meet the needs of the community. (click here for more information on authors and contributors)

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"From Our Hands To Yours" portrays the lives of agricultural workers while highlighting Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers (SJFMC) and its Migrant Outreach Team's commitment to providing access to health care for farm workers in southern New Jersey.

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