Cupboards of Care program guiding Presby residents to healthier eating habits, lifestyles

May 25, 2018

Residents in Presby’s Affordable Housing communities can purchase healthy foods and take part in sessions with dieticians as part of the program … and the results are showing.

 

Healthy decisions lead to healthy eating. Healthy eating leads to healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to healthier outcomes.

For some, this is an easy path to follow. But for many, particularly those in Presby’s affordable housing communities, it’s just not that simple. There is a missing link in that chain reaction.

The missing link is sufficient monetary funds to buy healthy foods.

Enter Presby’s Inspired Life and it’s Cupboards of Care program.

Since the program’s inception in 2016, Cupboards of Care has assisted residents in Presby’s affordable housing communities with nutritional needs and healthier eating habits by supplying residents with supermarket gift cards.

These gift cards are funded by the assistance of the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust and other gracious organizations, including Brown’s ShopRite, Fulton Bank and FLIK Lifestyles.

“As a member of this program, I can now purchase fresh, quality meats that are rich in protein,” said Janie, a resident of Ann Thomas Apartments at Presby’s 58th Street Campus in Southwest Philadelphia. “They were most definitely too expensive to buy before.”

“I now read food labels since I’ve been a member of the program,” said Beulah, who calls Tioga Apartments in North Philadelphia home. “I can make sure there isn’t a lot of sugar and sodium in what I buy now.”

FLIK Lifestyles, Presby’s food services vendor, plays an integral role in fortifying the teaching aspects of the Cupboards of Care program.

FLIK offers participating residents nutritional counseling sessions administered by a certified dietician. These sessions raise residents’ awareness of making the most of a limited shopping budget, food additives to avoid, understanding labels and preparing quick, healthy meals.

“It certainly is possible to eat healthy while living on a budget,” said Briana Waldie, a regional dietician with FLIK. “We realize just how important a matter it is to these residents. And we want to do all we can to educate on how to eat healthy while on any budget.

“That’s why we want to be involved with Cupboards of Care.”

The participating residents are grateful to FLIK and the other corporate partners who are helping push their lifestyles in a healthier direction.

If you ask those residents, they will tell you that they are seeing tangible results.

“My doctor recently congratulated me for losing weight,” said Gloria of Riverside Apartments in Center City. “I did so by eating more fresh veggies and fish.”

“Cupboards of Care is a beautiful program,” said Lil from St. John Neumann Place in South Philadelphia. “It has helped me eat healthier and reduce my diabetes medication.”

A response to a need leads a charitable answer. A charitable answer leads to a lasting impact. A lasting impact changes lives forever.

 

*According to a 2015 report (2015 Report on Hunger in Philly) on hunger in Philadelphia conducted by the Public Health Management Corporation, more than 32,000 seniors report that they cut out meals due to a lack of money. The survey also indicated that seniors find it difficult to find fresh vegetables and fruits in their neighborhoods.