Venison Donations

In partnership with Hunters Sharing the Harvest, the Chester County Food Bank is part of a program to provide venison and wild game to feed the hungry in our area.

BUTCHER FEES COVERED – If you donate your deer through one of the butchers listed below, the butcher will process the deer meat into ground venison free of charge to the hunter and on your behalf, donate the meat to the Chester County Food Bank. Venison is a healthy source of protein that will help provide much needed nutrition to the 70,000 people in Chester County that struggle daily to get the food the need.

Please contact one of these butchers for more information:

269 Long Lane
Honey Brook, PA  19344
Ph:  610-273-2629
Hrs: Call for drop-off   


48 Furnace Road
Quarryville, PA  17566
PH:  717-786-7398
M – F  7AM – 4PM  SAT.  8AM – 12PM        


1098 West Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA  19460
PH:  610-935-1777
M – TH  7AM – 7PM  SAT.  7AM – 6PM
SUN.  9AM – 10:00AM

Healthful Lessons in feeding the Hungry

Students from five Chester County schools learned recently how to stretch food dollars to purchase nutritious fare while also working to alleviate hunger in their communities during the Farm Bureau’s annual Food Check-Out Week.

Susan Rzucidlo, a co-owner of Silent Z Farm Inc., developed and organized the program for the second year, the Farm Bureau said. She connected student groups with area food cupboards and agriculture. Each group was given $100 to spend at a supermarket to purchase food items needed by the Chester County Food Bank. Students had to compare prices and use coupons. The total dollars saved by careful selection of brands and items allowed students to purchase up to $160 worth of food for the $100 they had to spend.

Students then delivered the donations to the Food Cupboard nearest to them. They learned that “even if you are 12, you can make a difference to someone,” said a news release from the Farm Bureau, a voluntary organization that works to advance the interests of regional agriculture. The schools — Kennett Middle and High School, Oxford’s Penn’s Grove Middle School, Unionville’s Charles F. Patton Middle School, and Octorara High School — also held food drives.

At a ceremony in the county commissioners’ office last week, Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Ryan Costello praised the students’ efforts, reminding the audience that one in eight people go hungry during some part of the month in Chester County, one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania and the 24th wealthiest in the nation. Agriculture is the top industry in Chester County, second of all counties in farm sales revenue in Pennsylvania. The Farm Bureau and the students invite everyone to locate a food cupboard near them and take food or a donation to continue to help neighbors in need. Peanut butter, tuna, beans, cereals and rice are in great demand right now.

-author, Kathleen Brady Shea

Farming Conference – 2012

On Saturday, March 24, 2012 Chester County’s Premier Farming Conference  will be held at the Chester County Intermediate Unit beginning at 8am. An array of speakers will provide presentations on farming including a keynote address by PA Secretary of Agriculture George Grieg.

Single registration is $25 – group registration is $20 per person. You can register online at or email:

Here is a list of the speakers 3242012

Raised Garden Bed Kick Off

On Saturday March 10, 2012 the Food Bank is holding an event to start the Raised Garden Bed Project at Schools. It will be held at the Visitor Center Auditorium at Longwood Gardens from 10am to 11am. It will include seasonal gardening tips from Longwood’s Senior Gardener Harold Taylor and a tour of Longwood’s Production Greenhouse.

The fee of $5 per person will cover the event and includes a pot-a-plant for attendees to take home. You can register using this on-line form or call 610-388-5400.


Isaacs Supports Food Bank with Soup Offer

Enjoy a sandwich and cup of soup at Isaacs’s in Exton during January 2012 and you will be supporting the Food Bank. They are donating $1 for every person that purchases a soup with their sandwich. Fighting hunger could not be easier!

Our thanks to the Exton Isaacs…this is the second January they are supporting the food bank with their fundraiser. It’s a great organization that supports the community!





Conference will Benefit Food Bank

On Saturday, October 22nd, Kristen Hagopian is holding a conference a the Days Hotel & Conference Center in West Chester. She is speaking about “Brilliant Frugal Living” – her book designed to tackle the biggest areas in which American’s wish to slash spending – food, clothing, home improvement. Her talk will include strategies you can and use to slash your expenses…and she guarantees she can save you money.

Five dollars of every ticket sold will be donated to the Chester County Food Bank.

Visit her website here to learn more about ticket info:

Hunters – bring a can, get a raffle ticket

On Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Wagontown Fire Company Hall, they are holding an event called the Chester County Backyard Hunters Night Out. Games, Raffles and a Buffet dinner will be part of the festivities…and if you bring a canned food donation, you will receive a ONE FREE raffle ticket for the MUZZLELOADER Drawing. Food, games and fun for the whole family, and a food drive to benefit the local food cupboards in Chester County.

Here is their HuntersHelpHungry that offers ticket information.

For more info contact Art Lyle at 484-643-6132

Free Flowers…with a donation at Matlack Florist

Wednesday, September 7 is FTD Good Neighbor Day at Matlack Florist, and you are invited to come in and pick up a dozen flowers – FREE – while supplies last.

For this event, Matlack Florist has teamed up with The Chester County Food Bank in their mission to feed over 32,000 local households that don’t have enough food. Stop by with a non-perishable food or monetary donation, leave with a dozen FREE flowers.

There is a catch, however — you need to promise to keep only one flower for yourself and give the others away to 11 different people…meet someone new & spread goodwill, while contributing to the community in which we live and work.

FTD Good Neighbor Day originated in 1994 by a fellow FTD florist, and continues to be a day of celebration of friendship and goodwill for everyone!

Water Garden Event Supports Food Bank

A local company, Turpin Landscaping, Inc. came up with this wonderful event to showcase Chester County homes with water gardens and ponds. The event is a self-guided tour of 30 homes and it’s called the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour.

The two day event begins Saturday July 30th, 2011. Tickets are $20 and include an amazing Barbecue Saturday from 6 -8pm at Turpin Ponds Source.

Best of all – all proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the Chester County Food Bank to help with our fight against hunger. So visit and pond…and help us feed the hungry in our neighborhood.

Need more info? Visit their website to purchase tickets and learn more about this event:

Click below to see an informational flyer about the event:


West Chester Cupboard Needs Help

Morning Pick Up Volunteers Needed

The West Chester Food Cupboard is in need of volunteers for Monday and Wednesday and Thursday mornings to pick up donations from various stores in the greater West Chester area. You should be able to lift 30 pounds and have a vehicle that is able to accommodate bulky donations.

Please contact the cupboard at: 610-344-3175 or