“Our partnership with 11th Street is helping our community members live a healthier life. We are incredibly proud to support this program.”
Good health requires more than clinical care. In a medically underserved community including four public housing developments in North Philadelphia, the Walmart Foundation is partnering with nonprofits and other organizations to promote healthy living and nutrition education through their program, Fighting Hunger Together.
“This initiative leverages Walmart’s size and resources to provide nutritious food donations, plus the Walmart Foundation’s ability to grant funding to nonprofits that help elevate the issues of hunger and nutrition education,” says Jason Klipa, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations (Pennsylvania).
Through the help of Sandra L. ’04 ’05 and Steven A. Sheller, Esq., the Walmart Foundation was introduced to the 11th Street Center and made aware of their shared vision. In November of 2012, the Foundation made a $100,000 gift to the 11th Street Center to help expand their kitchen and operating capacity.
11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University has been working in this community since 1996. “We know that health is about more than just treating people when they’re sick,” said Dr. Patricia Gerrity, the Center’s founder and director as well as a professor and associate dean for community Programs at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. “The funds from Walmart allowed staff to buy and maintain equipment for both the teaching kitchen and the fitness center. These upgrades provided a safe and welcoming environment and increased participation in healthy living center programs focused on nutrition and fitness. Our patients are more empowered than ever to get healthy and stay healthy, every day of their lives.”
At a recent visit to 11th Street where patients were participating in healthy cooking classes and a fitness and weight loss program, representatives of the Walmart Foundation were able to see how their gift has helped 11th Street. They have invited the Center back to partner with them again in early 2014.
“Our partnership with 11th Street is helping our community members live a healthier life,” says Klipa. “We are incredibly proud to support this program.”