Healthy Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Nutrition

Posted on July 30, 2004

The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, is joining a partnership with Pathmark and other organizations in the Philadelphia area. The partnership recognizes the significance of raising awareness about the importance of good health and proper nutrition, and is sponsoring a free Healthy Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Nutrition event for the public.

This program is an outgrowth of Pathmark’s initial food stamp outreach effort with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. The success of this partnership has led to the inclusion of additional hunger and nutrition-related organizations. The Pathmark located just west of Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue is the original location where the outreach efforts began.

WHO: USDA Food and Nutrition Service, USDA?s EAT SMART, PLAY HARD? campaign mascot Power Panther, Pathmark, The Greater Coalition Against Hunger, a representative from Philadelphia?s Mayor?s Office of Health and Fitness, SHARE Food Program, NORTH, Inc. (WIC), and Temple University School of Medicine

WHAT: Healthy Philadelphia Neighborhoods for Nutrition is a free event, open to the public, featuring a broad range of health services that include blood pressure and glucose (diabetes) screenings, nutrition education, food tasting. For those interested in food stamp benefits, volunteers from the Coalition Against Hunger will be on site to determine eligibility, and free Internet access will be available for submitting an online food stamp application. Children are invited to participate in nutrition games, physical activities and interact with USDA?s Power Panther.

WHERE: The Pathmark Store located just west of North Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue, Philadelphia.

WHEN: Saturday, August 7, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHY: To increase health and nutrition awareness and participation in the Food Stamp Program in the community


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