CAMDEN, NJ — Virtua Health got in the holiday spirit last week by hosting giveaways at its hospitals and wellness center in Camden and Willingboro.
Along with 1,500 frozen turkeys to help celebrate Thanksgiving, residents walked or drove away with reusable tote bags filled with fresh celery, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, and spices for the turkey.
“For many local residents, Virtua’s annual giveaways provide a delicious and nourishing Thanksgiving meal they could not otherwise afford,” Dennis Pullin, president and CEO of Virtua Health, said in a statement. “I’m grateful to all of Virtua’s generous supporters, volunteers, and staff who make these events possible.”
Virtua said it estimates between 40% and 50% of households in Camden City go without reliable access to fresh and nutritious meals - with food insecurity worsening in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
During local events, attendees also got a glimpse at Virtua's new Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store - which will make its rounds throughout the community this month.
“Increasing people’s access to healthy, affordable, culturally relevant food year-round is a top priority for Virtua,” continued Pullin. “Empowering people to eat well is one of the best ways to help them be well, get well, and stay well – which is our mission.”
For information on Virtua's food initiatives visit www.virtua.org/about/eat-well.