Donated food is an integral part of our work to serve our Chester County neighbors that are struggling with food insecurity and hunger. Whether it’s a can of vegetables from your pantry, a food drive held at an office, or a truckload of eggs from a distribution center, donated food is distributed through our network of over 120 food cupboards and social service agencies so they can serve those in need in our community.
We have a continuous need for donated food and food drives. There is an increase in the number of people that are going to cupboards and social service agencies for assistance, but may not qualify for SNAP (food stamps) or other government nutrition assistance programs. Donated food from the community enables us and our partner agencies to provide food to anyone in need.
The Food Bank is housed in a 36,000 sq. ft. facility that enables us to safely receive and store all size of donations including food rescue or donations from the food industry. We are able to partner with commercial businesses such as wholesalers and manufacturers to “rescue” food and produce; reasons for the rescued donation vary from over production to complications with delivery.
Every pound of donated food makes a difference. Smaller donations such as a bag of groceries from your recent shopping trip or food in lieu of gifts from a birthday party can be delivered to our facility during our receiving hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please bring food donations to our warehouse loading dock entrance where you can pull directly in and will be assisted unloading your vehicle. Delivery of large food drives should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling us at 610-873-6000.
In addition to the above ways we receive donated food, we encourage farmers to include the Food Bank in their growing efforts of fresh produce.
In partnership with Hunters Sharing the Harvest, the Chester County Food Bank receives venison to distribute to our partnering food cupboards as a lean, nutritious source of protein.
Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act
In 1996, Congress created a federal Good Samaritan Act to protect food banks and their donors from liability. The bill was named for Rep. Bill Emerson (R-Missouri) who fought for the proposal but died of cancer before it was passed and signed into law by President Clinton on Oct. 1, 1996. To find more information on this or any other federal legislation, check out the Library of Congress’ Thomas Database.