Monthly Archives: June 2017

Chester County Commissioners Present $25,000 Check to Food Bank

The Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $25,000 to representatives from the Chester County Food Bank this week. The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits.

The check was presented at Pete’s Produce Farm in Westtown Township, to Larry Welsh, Executive Director, and Norm Horn, Director of Development for the Chester County Food Bank.  The Food Bank grows on approximately four acres of farmland that Pete Flynn, who is also a Food Bank Board member, allocates to the CCFB Agricultural Program. With the help of over a thousand volunteers each season, more than 200,000 pounds of produce is anticipated to be harvested from farm partners Pete’s Produce and Springton Manor Farm.

Chester County government actively supports the work of the Chester County Food Bank, and in particular the farm and garden programs, growing vegetables and fruit at the County’s Springton Manor Farm as well as at the Chester County Youth Center and Chester County Prison.

Nearly $300,000 of state and federal funding channels through Chester County government for the Chester County Food Bank annually, and in addition to the Commissioners’ annual appropriation, county employees donate food and toiletry items to the Food Bank as part of the county’s monthly dress down day program.

The Chester County Food Bank serves approximately 50,000 people a year through their network of more than 120 partner agencies such as food cupboards, meal sites and social service agencies.  Last year, 2.5 million pounds of food were distributed, including over 800,000 pounds of fresh produce.


Chester County is the first county in Pennsylvania to initiate a strategic planning process and has a AAA rating on its bonds from Moody’s Investors Service as well as AAA ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.  Established by William Penn as one of Pennsylvania’s three original counties, Chester County has been named by Forbes.com as one of America’s best places to raise a family and is ranked the healthiest county in Pennsylvania by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.


PHOTO IDENTIFICATIONS FROM LEFT:  Commissioner Kathi Cozzone; Larry Welsh, Executive Director of the Chester County Food Bank; Norm Horn, Director of Development at the Chester County Food Bank; Commissioner Michelle Kichline and Commissioner Terence Farrell.

It’s Back! Fresh2You Mobile Market Hits the Road June 13

What has four wheels, is staffed by friendly faces, is loaded up with delicious things to eat and makes the rounds through Chester County communities all summer (and, into fall)? If you thought an ice cream truck, think again—it’s the Chester County Food Bank’s Fresh2You Mobile Market! This cheerfully painted produce market on wheels, generously sponsored by QVC, hits the road June 13 and rolls throughout the county through November. Tuesday, June 13 is opening market day at the Chester County Family Academy (next to the West Chester Senior Center), and the first Saturday market at the Coatesville Library on June 17 will surely be an exciting and busy day as well!

The coolest thing about the Fresh2You Mobile Market is that it can stop at places where fresh fruits, veggies and healthy locally made staples can be hard to find. The mission of the mobile market is to connect lower-income communities to the fresh produce grown in our region, and to make high-quality food affordable to the whole community while paying farmers fairly for their labor and products.

During the first few weeks of the truck’s schedule, our shelves will be brimming with beautiful seasonal produce, such as a variety of greens like kale and lettuce, slender spring onions, crunchy carrots and sweet tart berries. This year, we’re also offering tasty and nutritious pantry staples: Swarmbustin’ Honey from West Grove, organic and local eggs, a wide variety of dried beans and grains, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and Fresh2You’s special herb blends.

Our 2017 schedule is packed five days each week (Tuesday – Saturday) with stops at various locations including churches, libraries and YMCAs. In addition to setting up shop on a regular basis, our staff and volunteers will frequently hold Taste It! demonstrations to introduce shoppers to ingredients and share creative recipes.

Here’s the full schedule:

Everyone is welcome to shop at Fresh2You Mobile Market, and we accept all forms of payment: cash, credit and debit cards, SNAP/EBT (food stamps), and WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers. This year, we’re offering a wonderful program that provides a dollar-for-dollar match on all fruit and vegetable purchases made with SNAP and FMNP vouchers. Most matching dollar programs throughout the country only match SNAP purchases, but this year we are also able to match FMNP purchases. We are excited to offer our WIC and Senior FMNP shoppers this additional benefit.

To keep up with the Fresh2You Mobile Market, follow the truck’s team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Want to learn more? Sign up for our newsletter and stay connected. You can also donate food, funds and time to help us achieve our mission. Call (610) 873-6000 to speak to someone about getting involved or request a tour. Thanks to you, we’re growing a healthier community.

The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 food cupboards, meal sites and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.

Emily Kovach