Crozer-Keystone Supports Healthy Foods Initiative for Chester - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

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Published on February 12, 2018

Crozer-Keystone Proudly Supports New Healthy Foods Initiative for Chester Community

Chester Eastside - Food Matters 
Pictured from L to R: John Mackey, chair of board of directors for Chester Eastside, Inc.; Mike Basher, vice president of Retail Operations for Fare & Square; Erin Fisher of Immaculata University; Rev. Zuline G. Wilkinson, executive director of Chester Eastside, Inc.; Gwen Smith, president of Springfield Hospital; and Rev. William I. Ashford, III, site pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Chester Eastside, Inc. introduced Food Matters!, an exciting new health initiative to address food insecurity and its impact on healthy eating within the Chester community. Food Matters! is designed specifically for those whose medical regimens require special diets.

Chester Eastside has partnered with Crozer-Keystone Health System, Immaculata University, Philabundance, Shiloh Baptist Church, Fare and Square Supermarket, and the city of Chester on this initiative.

The impact of hunger and food scarcity touches every community within the state of Pennsylvania and is especially significant within the city of Chester. For many individuals and families, the costs associated with healthy food choices often make good nutrition impossible. Yet, research shows that high incidences of obesity, diabetes and heart disease are fueled by poor dietary choices.  

Since first opening its doors in the 1980s, Chester Eastside has provided food for those in need, one of the largest such operations in the area.

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