MORRISTOWN, NJ-  A $48,000 grant from the Rippel Foundation will  help fund the “Healthy Choices Program” for guests at the Community Soup & Kitchen Outreach Center.  Area food stores like Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and farmer’s markets donate fresh fruit and vegetables so that the Soup Kitchen is able to prepare healthier dishes.

“The Rippel Foundation is proud to make this grant to the Community Soup Kitchen,” said Laura Landy, President of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation.   “At the Rippel Foundation, we embrace the power of partnerships like this one between local food providers and the Community Soup Kitchen, as a way of thinking differently to achieve our vision of better health, better care, and lower costs for all. ”We believe these expanded resources serve a critical need – to help ensure the health and vitality of the most vulnerable citizens among us – and are in keeping with our vision of achieving better health, better care, and lower costs for all.”

The grant also allows a volunteer dietician and volunteer dentist/hygienist to educate guests about the importance of healthy eating and good oral hygiene. Most guests at the Community Soup Kitchen do not have health insurance so a nutritious diet is very important.

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For families and individuals who cannot afford medication to control chronic health conditions, eating right is a necessity. However, rising food prices have made it more difficult to make healthy choices. Choices that are processed and contain a high amount of sugar are less expensive than those high in fiber and low in sodium.

“Fresh fruit and vegetables are more expensive than less nutritious food alternatives.  For so many guests served by the Community Soup Kitchen, access to healthy food is challenging. The support and generous grant from the Rippel Foundation is extremely meaningful and makes access to healthy food choices possible.” said Terry Connolly, Executive Director of the Community Soup Kitchen.