Monthly Archives: November 2016

#GivingTuesday Is November 29—Join Us!

There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know about #GivingTuesday? This global awareness day kicks off the giving season and reminds us there are hungry Chester County residents to serve throughout the holidays and into the new year.

The Chester County Food Bank (CCFB) is grateful for the outpouring of support surrounding Thanksgiving that enables us to feed so many of our neighbors. We invite you to keep the momentum going and join us on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29, by donating or volunteering.

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It’s easy to help, and every gift, of every size, matters:

  • Donate online—We use donations to purchase food in bulk, to keep our freezers running and our trucks on the road, and to continue our innovative programs that address the root causes of hunger. We direct 89 percent of all donations to programs and operating costs! You can donate now, donate monthly or make a tribute donation.
  • Donate by phone—Call us at (610) 873-6000.
  • Donate by mail—Send your check made payable to Chester County Food Bank to 650 Pennsylvania Dr., Exton, Pa 19341.
  • Other ways to give money:
    • See if your employer has a matching gift program—this doubles your generosity! Many employers also allow you to have donations automatically drawn from your paycheck.
    • Give stock, as appreciated assets donated to the CCFB offer tax advantages.
    • Choose the CCFB to receive your United Way Campaign gift.
    • Corporation? Talk to us about how your company can make an impact with sponsorships and other assistance.

The Chester County Food Bank is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.

Food donations are also needed all year long. Learn how to mount a food drive, where and when to bring food donations to our location, how we rescue food (and how you can help!) and how local hunters can share their bounty. Are you a farmer, or know them? They can get involved, too.

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Got some time to spare? We always welcome volunteers! Our dedicated helpers are an inspiring mix of individuals, groups and corporations, and we couldn’t serve as many as we do without them. A special note to those not in a position to give money or food—please consider giving your time. It matters.

Make #GivingTuesday a priority this year. The Chester County Food Bank’s beneficiaries thank you!

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The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization whose mission is to mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.  Through our network of food cupboards, hot meal sites, shelters and other social service organizations, we distribute over 2.5 million pounds to our neighbors with limited or uncertain access to adequate food. 

Nina Malone

Hunters: Share the Harvest with Your Food Bank

Did you know there’s a program that helps make sure interested hunters may share their bounty with those less fortunate? The Chester County Food Bank was grateful to receive 5,150 pounds of venison in 2015, thanks to Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) and generous local hunters.

HSH is a charitable program that connects hunters with butchers across Pennsylvania who are dedicated to getting venison, a healthful lean protein, to local food banks. This initiative, combined with local hunters’ fundraising and advocacy efforts, puts food on the tables of Pennsylvania’s less fortunate.

Art Lyle of Backyard Bucks has been a longtime supporter of the effort and our Food Bank. He says the group’s members are delighted they can help by simply doing something they love: hunting. For him, however, it goes deeper.

Piece of frozen meat onions and garlic. A table from old boards rural style

“The main reason I got involved was that I grew up in a family of six, and we didn’t always have food—or not much of it,” Art explained. “There were some times we would eat bread or rice, and other times we went to food banks. I always said if I could ever find a way to give back, I would. That extends to Backyard Bucks: We just believe it’s the right thing.”

Art offered these tips for other hunters’ groups that might be interested in helping the Chester County Food Bank:

  • Ask all attending your fundraising event to bring three nonperishable food items. Those who do can get raffle tickets for a chance to win a crossbow, muzzleloader or other prize. This is a great way to collect a lot of nonperishables for the food bank.
  • Encourage each hunter to make a difference by harvesting at least one extra deer and donating it.
  • Help identify property owners willing to open their land to hunters. In particular, properties where nonprofits like Backyard Bucks can hunt free of charge are greatly needed.

Hunters and hunters’ clubs looking to get involved may reach out to the following HSH participating butchers:

  • Countryside Butchering, 269 Long Ln., Honey Brook, PA 19344; 610-273-2629
  • Fisher’s Butcher Shop, 48 Furnace Rd., Quarryville, PA 17566; 717-786-7398
  • Foresta’s Market, 1098 W. Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA 19460; 610-935-1777
  • Noble Road Butcher Shop, 1553 Noble Rd., Kirkwood, PA 17536; 717-529-9031
  • Smokers Custom Butchering, 12 Old Leacock Rd., Ronks, PA 17572; 717-768-7046

Of course, the Chester County Food Bank is also grateful for gifts of nonperishables, grocery store gift cards and financial donations, too. We greatly appreciate our hunter friends who embrace the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program—as do our food cupboards and their clients.

Volunteers Collecting Food Donations In Warehouse

Want to learn more? Sign up for our newsletter and stay connected. Thanks to you, we’re growing a healthier community.

The Chester County Food Bank collects, stores and distributes food to over 120 food cupboards, meal sites and social service organizations. Since our beginning in 2009, we have increased distribution over 119% by distributing 2.5 million pounds of food. The Food Bank partners with donors, volunteers, farmers, schools and businesses to address hunger and food insecurity with compassion and creativity.

Nina Malone

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