Food in the Trenton Community

Food Assessments

Community Examples

Public Food Assistance

Data and GIS


Final Report

A Community Food Assessment of Trenton, New Jersey.

Community Development Studio, Rutgers University. 2005


Food in the Trenton Community
Community Development Studio, Rutgers University
Spring 2005 (970:511:02)

Faculty: Norman Glickman and Kathe Newman

During the Spring 2005 semester, the Community Development Studio at Rutgers University will be working with Isles. Inc., a community development corporation in Trenton. Created in 1981, Isles has become a leader in the community development movement. Isles’ citywide scope and broad approach to community development sets it apart from other community based organizations. Among its many programmatic areas, Isles addresses environmental improvement, neighborhood planning, regional organizing, housing development, and community gardens. Community gardening, the organization’s first program, was intended to improve community food security by making good food more accessible. Today, Isles has forty-three gardens, engages youth through urban ecology, exercise, nutrition, and educational programs; it also tackles brownfield redevelopment, and develops strategies to otherwise improve community health especially around lead and asthma. Isles is concerned about community access to healthy food in Trenton.

Isles’ staff asked for our assistance to develop a report about access to healthy food in Trenton. Isles will use the report to better understand food availability and consumption in Trenton. The organization will also use the report to work for change to improve the delivery of healthy, affordable food to all Trenton residents.

To create the report, we will:

  • Determine the extent of hunger in Trenton
  • Identify the points of food delivery
  • Document the food delivery system in Trenton
  • Document the public food assistance system
  • Explore community behaviors and knowledge about food



About Project

Draft Syllabus