The facility is the first children's hospital in the region to screen for food insecurity, Kersten said. That's defined as the lack of enough food to live a healthy life.
"It's so surprising how incredibly prevalent hunger is in North Philadelphia."
Lately, Kersten has been considering bringing a version of Fare & Square, the nonprofit supermarket in Chester, to St. Christopher's. The only one in America, the store was created by Philabundance, the region's largest antihunger agency.
"It's exciting to use the hospital as the front line against hunger," he said. "The traditional model of medical care hasn't got as much influence as originally thought.
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