One among Philadelphia’s most well-known meals packages has undergone a change.
It’s mission is identical, however as of final month, Sunday Suppers—a decade-old citywide meals and vitamin program—has grow to be Nourish, a brand new meal package supply service run by New Kensington Group Improvement Company (NKCDC).
“Though I’ll now not be concerned within the day-to-day operations,“ Sunday Suppers Director Linda Samost wrote in a letter to supporters, “I’ll proceed to assist the efforts of Nourish and NKCDC and I hope you’ll too, in order that they will undertake and develop our unique objectives of advancing meals justice and addressing social determinants of well being.”
Since 2011, Sunday Suppers has used weekly three-course neighborhood dinners as a discussion board for hands-on cooking classes, vitamin recommendation, and suggestions for procuring on a restricted price range. With the start of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020, the group made positive collaborating households had entry to meals and the funds to purchase it, Samost stated, and started creating meals bins with wholesome recipes and assets.
The brand new Nourish program, run by Sunday Suppers’ present program supervisor, Jacquelyn Saez, will ship weekly meal kits to households containing wholesome complete meals, easy recipes, dietary info, kitchen checklists, instructed bodily exercise, and social service info. Nourish will even provide bi-weekly Zoom calls specializing in cooking instruction and different pertinent info.
Saez was born and raised in Kensington. Whereas learning Public Well being at Temple College, she realized in regards to the hyperlinks between weight loss plan, vitamin schooling and meals entry, and the well being disparities in low-income communities each domestically and globally. The information catalyzed her resolution to grow to be a well being educator, specializing in cultural traditions and lived experiences of her neighborhood and the neighborhood she serves. She has been program supervisor for Sunday Suppers since 2017.
Samost stated that she had two aims when she based Sunday Suppers in 2011: to strengthen the well being and well-being of low-income households, and to at some point flip over the every day operations to leaders within the communities it serves.
“The day is lastly right here,” she stated.
“We’re grateful for the years of revolutionary work from Sunday Suppers, the experience of the workers concerned, and the nice match the brand new Nourish program will probably be for NKCDC and the communities we serve,” stated NKCDC Govt Director Dr. Invoice McKinney.
“Our a part of Kensington ranks final of 46 Philadelphia neighborhoods surveyed for well being elements and well being outcomes in a 2019 survey by the City of Philadelphia and Drexel University,” McKinney stated. “Good public well being means greater than good hospitals. It additionally means gaining access to wholesome, inexpensive meals.”
From 2011 to 2018, NKCDC partnered with St. Christopher’s Basis for Kids to offer weekly bins of contemporary meals from Lancaster County farms, out there by subscription. When that partnership led to July 2018, NKCDC started searching for a meals and vitamin program that would serve the neighborhood round its places of work in Kensington.
Since 2018, NKCDC has skilled and employed 30 Community Health Workers as a part of Philadelphia’s Well being Enterprise Zone, funded by the Pennsylvania Division of Human Companies in partnership with Thomas Jefferson College. 4 of NKCDC’s well being employees have been interning with Sunday Suppers and the pilot section of the Nourish program, offering further assist for collaborating households by means of a needs assessment and specialised useful resource plans.
“The Nourish program is a vital subsequent step towards enhancing well being outcomes for Kensington, Fairhill and Juniata residents,” McKinney stated. “We ask for everybody’s assist in honoring the work of Sunday Suppers by making our new Nourish program a hit.”
Donations to Nourish could also be made by means of the NKCDC web site at nkcdc.org/nourish.