A Gift to Nourish Lives

Girl wearing chef's hat Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, are collaborating on Home Plate, a thought leadership research study to enhance the health and well-being of families. The study is anchored by a $750,000, three-year Aramark Charitable Fund grant supporting the Healthy Weight Program at CHOP as part of the campaign For Tomorrow’s Breakthroughs.

Home Plate teaches parents the skills to cook healthy meals at home. The initiative is designed to combat childhood obesity in low-income families with preschoolers and uses a community-engaged, peer-mentor-led model to improve family health through good nutrition. Senbagam Virudachalam, MD, MSHP, a general pediatrician and health services researcher at CHOP’s PolicyLab, and her colleagues are leading the study, which is giving them a better understanding of how home food preparation impacts food choices and helping them identify best practices for future program features.

“Working with such an esteemed organization as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the fight against childhood obesity aligns the interests of our respective organizations to help children and families make the right nutritional choices and lead healthier lives,” says Aramark Chairman, President and CEO Eric J. Foss. “This is another example of how we at Aramark are committed to enriching and nourishing lives in our business and in the communities we serve.”

Making breakthroughs possible

To date, CHOP has raised more than $850 million as part of its campaign. The campaign seeks to fuel the Hospital’s vision in five key areas:

  • Game-changing research
  • An exceptional patient-family experience
  • The best training for future leaders in pediatric healthcare
  • Outreach to children and families in need
  • Resources to act quickly

Supporters who believe in CHOP’s mission are the Hospital’s strongest partners. Join partners like Aramark to help transform tomorrow for the patients, families and communities we serve. Share the message of the campaign — or share your own breakthrough — with your friends and professional network.

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