Chester Agency Launches Food Program, Food Matters! for Those with Special Dietary Needs

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at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
301 East 9th Street
Chester, PA 19013

Rev. Zuline Gray Wilkinson, 
M.Div., MSW Executive Director    
John Mackey, Chairman
Rev. William North, Vice-Chairman
Rev. James Ley, Secretary
Allen Andrews, Treasurer

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Rev. Zuline Gray Wilkinson

CHESTER, PA., January 29, 2018 – Chester Eastside, Inc., is proud to introduce Food Matters!, an exciting new health initiative to address food insecurity and its impact on healthy eating within the Chester community, at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 11 am, at Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 7th & Central Avenue.

Food Matters!, is designed specifically for those whose medical regimens require special diets.

The impact of hunger and food scarcity touches every community within the state of Pennsylvania and is especially significant within the city of Chester. For many individuals and families, the costs associated with healthy food choices often make good nutrition impossible. Yet, research shows that high incidences of obesity, diabetes and heart disease are fueled by poor dietary choices. 

“This can be a real break-through for those who need something beyond the basics,” says Rev. Zuline Gray Wilkinson, Chester Eastside’s Executive Director. The program will be sited at Shiloh Baptist Church in Chester. It is funded in part by a grant from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust.“

What people often don’t realize,” says Rev. Wilkinson, “is that people in need of food are likely to lack other necessities – things many people may take for granted. This can range from rent money to diapers. When problems are added to the mix, healthy food may end up at the bottom of the list of priorities.” Rev. Wilkinson believes that, in some cases, the lack of healthy foods can be a matter of life and death. “It’s no accident that life expectancy is 15 years less for people in poverty as compared with the more affluent,” says Rev. Wilkinson.

Chester Eastside will partner with Crozer-Keystone Health System; Immaculata University; Philabundance; Shiloh Baptist Church; Fare and Square Supermarket; and the City of Chester.

Since first opening its doors in the 1980s, Chester Eastside has provided food for those in need, one of the largest such operations in the area. Phone:610-872-4812



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