Virtua Health Gives 1,500 Thanksgiving Turkeys to Camden, Willingboro Residents

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

CAMDEN, N.J. — Last week, Virtua Health — a nonprofit healthcare system based in South Jersey — distributed Thanksgiving turkeys and produce to thousands of South Jersey families.

Virtua Health distributed its frozen turkeys at its locations in Willingboro and Camden this year. Turkeys were distributed as part of a drive-in event in Willingboro and a walk-up event in Camden, and both events required mask wearing and social distancing as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States.

“For many local residents, Virtua’s annual giveaways provide a delicious and nourishing Thanksgiving meal they could not otherwise afford,” Dennis W. Pullin, president and CEO of Virtua Health, said in a press release. “I’m grateful to all of Virtua’s generous supporters, volunteers, and staff who make these events possible.”

The produce distributed at these two events included celery, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, and Yukon Gold potatoes. Virtua also provided community members with spices to complement the turkeys.

In addition to turkey and produce distribution, Virtua showcased its new Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store, which aims to provide communities with easier access to healthy eating options. The 40-foot mobile store is expected to begin making the rounds and stopping in local communities at some point during December.

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