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Water Garden Tour Benefits Food Bank (July 27-28)

Posted on June 25, 2019 by Vista.Today

One of the more unique events of the summer in Chester County is right around the corner, as the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Weekend Tour is slated for July 29-30.

The origins of the event can be traced back to 2005, when a group of approximately 30 pond enthusiasts gathered to use their interest in the elaborate water gardens built by Coatesville-based Turpin…

Feed Our Neighbors: Volunteer on a Farm

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Chester County is home to a bounty of fertile farmland—nearly 165,000 acres, according to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture—and here at the Chester County Food Bank, we don’t take that incredible resource for granted. We’re proud to have two local farm partners: Pete’s Produce Farm in West Chester and Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore. Both of these…

Beyond Hunger: Gearing up for Our Best Season Yet with Fresh2You

Posted on June 4, 2019 by

As we recently announced, Chester County Food Bank’s new tagline, Beyond Hunger, sets the stage for our continued work of strengthening and nourishing our community. One of our signature programs that captures the essence of how we do this is our Fresh2You Mobile Market, a four-wheeled produce stand that brings fresh food to underserved areas.

Fresh2You is special to us because it really…

Beyond a Fresh Approach

Posted on May 16, 2019 by

For the past few years our tagline, A Fresh Approach, has served us very well. When we updated our logo in 2015 (to what it is today) we introduced it with the tag which meant we were new and improved.

We had new delivery vehicles with billboard size messaging, and a newly designed warehouse space. This was a big step from our small Parkesburg garage…

Better Together: Peanut Butter & Jelly Community Food Drive

Posted on May 13, 2019 by

When we think of kids in summertime, many of us conjure images of children splashing in pools, playing sports at camps, having sleepovers with friends or racing against the sun’s heat to enjoy an ice cream cone before it melts.

But for many children, in our neighborhoods and beyond, these idyllic scenes are far from reality. In fact, for more than 18,000 students…

Get Ready to Vote in PA Primaries

Posted on April 15, 2019 by

“While the Chester County Food Bank does not endorse candidates or political parties, we do advocate for every American’s right to vote,” said Larry Welsch, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “We feel that this effort is important to help us achieve our mission to ‘mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.”

Primary elections in Pennsylvania are held on the third…

April is National Volunteer Month

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Lauren Van Dyk

April is National Volunteer Month! We’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate and show appreciation for our dedicated volunteers, and to highlight the importance of an ongoing commitment to volunteering. We are only able to address food insecurity in Chester County because of the immense support that we receive from both volunteers and donors alike. Without committed volunteers who return month after month…

Share Your Love of Cooking – Become a Taste It! Volunteer

Posted on by Martha Kirby

If you love to talk to people and think that curly kale is a thing of beauty, then please register to volunteer with the Chester County Food Bank’s Taste It! program. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.

Taste It! volunteers do simple cooking demonstrations at the Fresh2You mobile market, or the various partner food pantries and community partners throughout the county.  Each week…

Advocacy Team Attends Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

Posted on March 20, 2019 by Roberta Cosentino

In February, three members of Chester County Food Bank’s Advocacy Team attended the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (AHPC) in Washington, DC. The yearly AHPC conference is a joint effort of the Food Research Action Center and Feeding America.

The conference speakers included Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware and the Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. Both implored attendees to think…

Chester County Food Bank’s Sustained Commitment to Nutrition

Posted on March 11, 2019 by

When it comes to food and dietary choices, many of us have learned that it’s more about quality than quantity. But for many of our neighbors in Chester County, it’s really about both. Quantity — that is, simply enough food on the table, day after day — is the primary struggle for many families and individuals facing food insecurity. When meals are unpredictable or scarce…