Making Camden

Healthier, Stronger

 

Residents of Camden have relied on Virtua to meet their diverse and growing healthcare needs for more than a century. Support for Virtua Camden is critical to the health and well-being of families in this struggling community.

Gifts to Virtua Foundation have a deep impact at Virtua Camden and strengthen the community today and for future generations.

How Gifts Make a Difference:

  • A mobile dental unit for children and adults travels to schools, community centers and outpatient facilities to provide dental care.
  • Camden Community Day is an annual family-friendly event that educates families on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle in an urban setting.
  • Virtua Camden Farmer’s Market, open to the community between June and November, provides fresh produce, health education, screenings and fun activities for families.
  • Home health monitoring equipment allows patients from the Kyle H. Will Family Health Center to track their own blood pressure. This can mean fewer emergency doctor visits and improved overall health.
  • The C.A.S.T.L.E. food and coat drive provides necessities to students and their families during the winter.
  • The Backpack Blitz ensures children in the C.A.S.T.L.E. program have the supplies they need to start the school year off right.
  • Fitness Fridays at C.A.S.T.L.E. is a therapeutic program that uses yoga and other forms of exercise mixed with music and lessons about self-confidence and kindness.
  • C.A.S.T.L.E.’s Horticulture Therapy program promotes the development of social skills, enhances nurturing and fosters responsibility.

FRESH PRODUCE COMBATS HEALTH CHALLENGES IN CAMDEN

Every Thursday from June through October, the Virtua Camden Farmer’s Market is bustling with local residents eager to purchase locally-grown produce. Located on the Virtua Camden campus at Mt. Ephraim and Atlantic avenues, this seasonal market was established in 2008 to address a need in the community for healthy and affordable fresh food options.

It can be difficult for residents to find fresh fruits and vegetables due to Camden’s lack of grocery stores or markets that offer these products. The limited selection of healthy foods is one primary cause of medical issues that plague city families, such as childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Each week, approximately 120 people shop at the farmer’s market for apples, strawberries, corn, tomatoes and other items from Pastore’s Orchards Farms of Hammonton. Many also seek information on diet, nutrition, cooking with fresh foods and overall health and wellness. With a gift made to Virtua Foundation in support of the farmer’s market, a Virtua dietician is there to answer customers’ questions and distribute educational information on healthy eating choices.

“We want to offer residents an opportunity to experience better health – from the food they eat, to preparation methods, and other health-related information,” explains Joan Gray, assistant vice president, ambulatory services at Virtua Camden.

Virtua Foundation also provides students from nearby schools prepaid electronic bank transfer (EBT) cards they use to buy market products to take home, thanks to generous donations. The children also participate in fun and interactive educational stations that teach them the importance of choosing fresh produce over sugary snacks.

Virtua Foundation is committed to serving the nutritional needs of Camden’s residents, with a focus on our Liberty Park neighbors, by supporting the Camden Farmer’s Market.

 

Virtua OFFICE OF PHILANTHROPY

303 Lippincott Drive, 4th Floor
Marlton, NJ 08053
t: 856-355-0830 | f: 856-355-0831
gratitude@virtua.org

 

 

Virtua Health Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to enhancing Virtua's mission through philanthropy.

 

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