Virtua Health hits the road to aid South Jersey's most vulnerable

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As people struggle to get essential items during the coronavirus pandemic, Virtua Health in South Jersey is repurposing some of its vehicles to better serve its most vulnerable patients. 

Viruta’s pediatric mobile unit is typically used for screenings and on-location treatment for families of children with disabilities.

Maria Emerson, director of rehab services, says now Virtua is bringing at-risk patients what they need to stay happy and healthy.

“Since pivoting the operation in the middle of March, we’ve now distributed over 21,000 pounds of food for free in the community," she said.

The first 50 people at each stop will get pre-packed bags of food, no questions asked.

Good morning, Virtua Mobile Farmers Market Customers! TODAY, Wednesday, April 29, we will be at the following stops: 1. 9am-10am in Sicklerville at The Winslow Center on 510 Williamstown Road 2. 11am-12pm in Camden in the front parking lot of The Osborn Family Health Center on 1601 Haddon Ave. 3. 1pm-2pm in Camden at The Virtua Health and Wellness Center on 1000 Atlantic Ave- on the right side facing the building. Enter on Mt. Ephraim Ave. Our first 50 customers will leave with 1 bag of assorted fresh, produce items and 1 bag of non-perishable food items. Looking forward to seeing you there.

A post shared by Virtua Mobile Farmers Market (@virtuamfm) on Apr 29, 2020 at 4:03am PDT

Schetler says Virtua staffers are even using their own cars to meet the growing demand for supplies.

“Just seeing somebody smile and having them express gratitude for receiving the food we’re giving them makes everything worth it, and it really keeps us motivated to help more people every day,” she said.

To check the next stop for the mobile food pantry, find the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market on Instagram.