Furloughed employees in South Jersey can enjoy free food thanks to local health system

Antionette Lee
January 22, 2019 - 8:57 pm

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — A South Jersey health system is making sure furloughed employees have food on the table during the partial government shutdown. 

Suzanne Ghee from Virtua says their 9,000 employees have brought in hundreds of canned goods to support federal employees who may be in need.  

"They're pouring into the building," Ghee said. 

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But that's not all. 

"Our year-round mobile farmers market program, which operates in South Jersey full-time, is now providing a free bag of fresh fruits and vegetables weekly to any employee of the government who shows their ID at one of our market sites," Ghee added. 

She says the mobile market is deployed to multiple locations where there is a lack of food stores, and it even has a registered dietician. 

"She does free one-to-one nutrition counseling with any community members that may be wanting information on their health or ways to prepare things in a healthy fashion," she said.  

Ghee says the efforts are part of their mission in ensuring that communities have equal access to healthy foods. 

"I always say #SpreadGoodness," she added. 

To find a Virtua Mobile Farmers Market location, visit their website or follow the facebook page.