Marlton, NJ-----Virtua is asking its 9,000 employees to donate canned food to help people urgently in need during the partial federal government shutdown. The South Jersey health system is also offering free produce to federal employees through its Mobile Farmers Market program.
The emergency food drive, which will provide donated items to the Food Bank of South Jersey, will runthrough Friday, January 25. Needed items include canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna, and canned chicken. Virtua is asking employees to drop off donations at its corporate headquarters in Marlton, among other Virtua locations. Members of the public who wish to support the effort are encouraged to donate to the Food Bank directly.
“Many families are starting to miss paychecks and are now facing difficult choices to make ends meet. A key part of Virtua’s mission is to help people access food and good nutrition, so this food drive is a direct and meaningful way we can support our neighbors,” said Suzanne Ghee, Virtua’s assistant vice president of business development and community health engagement.
Additionally, the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market will provide a free bag of produce per week to any federal government employee (with valid employee ID/badge). The mobile market visits multiple communities each week, with upcoming stops including Westampton, Camden, and Sicklerville.
The partial government shutdown, which started December 21, 2018, affects an estimated 40 million Americans who face food insecurity. According to the Food Bank, more than 200,000 South Jersey residents are food-insecure, with limited or uncertain access to adequate food. Of these vulnerable citizens, 57,000 are children who need healthy food to thrive physically, mentally, socially, and academically. Click here for more information.
Virtua is South Jersey’s largest health system, committed to the mission of helping people be well, get well, and stay well and averaging more than one million patient encounters each year. Virtua’s 9,000-plus employees provide comprehensive care at three hospitals and nearly 200 other locations, in addition to bringing health services directly into communities through home health, rehabilitation, mobile screenings, and its paramedic program. Virtua has 1,000 affiliated doctors and other clinicians, and its specialties include orthopedics, advanced surgery, and maternity. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for pediatrics. As a not-for-profit, Virtua is committed to the well-being of the community and provides innovative outreach programs that address social challenges affecting health, from addiction and other behavioral issues to lack of nutritious food and stable housing. A Magnet-recognized health system ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Virtua has received many awards for quality, safety, and its outstanding work environment. For more information, visit virtua.org. To help Virtua make a difference, visit foundation.virtua.org.