CHOP Announces Healthier Together Grant Winners
Programs address family food insecurity in West and Southwest Philadelphia
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced its first winners of Healthier Together Grants, which will fund local programs that address family food insecurity.
“We know that a child’s health is greatly influenced by factors that go beyond the medical care we can provide in our hospital or in our CHOP Care Network,” said Madeline Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in a release. “A child’s family circumstances — from the quality and stability of their housing to their access to adequate food — can be responsible for as much as 80% of their health and well-being.”
The first project to receive funding is called “Strengthening Community Food Sovereignty through Home Gardening and Trauma-Informed Resource Networks in West and Southwest Philadelphia.” Led by Carly J. Freedman, program coordinator for Community Garden and Food Sustainability at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the team will partner with Bartram’s Garden, Urban Tree Connection and the Philadelphia Orchard Project to build sustainable food systems, improve food security, promote healing from trauma and employ local residents.
The other grantee is “Home Plate + Food Bucks Rx: Empowering West Philadelphia Families to Tackle Hunger and Advance Food Justice.” This project will bring two programs, Home Plate and Food Bucks Rx, to early education centers in West Philadelphia. Families with children ages 5 and under will receive assistance planning healthier food habits as well as vouchers for fruits and vegetables.
CHOP launched their Healthier Together Initiative in 2019 to improve the lives of children in West and Southwest Philadelphia through addressing social determinants of health including behaviors, socioeconomic factors and environmental factors.