Talking Points/Remarks for ‘Dine Ins’

At the start of every ‘Dine In,’ we encourage Hosts to say a few words about the movement, and the real difference your group is making for North Philadelphia children and their families. Please feel free to reference these talking points, or read the following welcome remarks, as you tee up the cause and toast to friends and family.

Host Talking Points

  • Supporting a new movement spearheaded by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, to:
    • increase access to fresh, healthy, affordable food in North Philadelphia
    • educate families about healthy eating options
    • influence policy change to expand food benefits
  • North Philadelphia families are starving for nutrition
    • North Philadelphia is home to some of the hungriest neighborhoods in America.
    • It’s also the poorest area in the state, and one of the 10 poorest places in the country
    • 70 percent of children there are overweight or obese, which leads to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, liver failure, breathing problems, and potentially cancer.
  • ‘Help Out’ by donating dollars you would have spent out at a restaurant, to St. Christopher’s Foundation and its Farm to Families fresh-food initiative

Welcome Remarks

“Thanks, everyone for being here tonight for my/our first ‘Dine In.’  I/we have invited you to join us for a special gathering with a purpose. This meal will support a new movement spearheaded by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children.“

“St. Christopher’s Foundation mission is to advance the health and well-being of children in North Philadelphia through care, outreach, research and education.  An integral part of that work is done through a strategic Farm to Families initiative, which directly increases access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, and education for North Philadelphia families that are, quite literally, starving for nutrition.“

“The fact is this. North Philadelphia is one of the hungriest neighborhoods in America. Compounding that problem, it’s also the poorest area in the state and one of the 10 poorest places in the country.  Getting food on the table – let alone healthy, unprocessed food – is just not feasible for most families. They are left to choose less expensive, highly processed and highly caloric food that is pervasive in North Philadelphia. As a result, 70 percent of children there are overweight or obese, leading to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, liver failure, breathing problems, and joint and bone problems.”

“While we will be enjoying a great time together, we can also reflect on how very fortunate we are to have the resources and access to good, wholesome food.  By donating the dollars we would have spent at a restaurant, we join many others who are supporting this vital initiative to change the statistics and helping to put fresh, healthy foods on tables of families in North Philadelphia.”

“Thank you for coming. Let’s eat!”