Monthly Archives: April 2019

Get Ready to Vote in PA Primaries

“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 Tuesday of May in most years. In presidential years, the primary election is held on the fourth Tuesday of April.  In Pennsylvania, you can only vote for the candidates in the same political party you have named in your voter registration. For example, if you registered to vote as a member of the Republican Party then you can vote in the Republican primary, but not the Democratic primary. All voters can vote on constitutional amendments, ballot questions, and any special election contests held at the same time as a primary election.

2019 #PAPrimary Election Important Dates

APRIL 22  You must be registered to vote 29 days before the election, so April 22 is last day to register to vote for the May 21st Primary.

MAY 14      Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot | VotesPA.com/Absentee

MAY 17      Voted absentee ballots must be received by the County by 5pm | VotesPA.com/County

MAY 21      Primary Election Day: Polls are open 7am to 8pm | VotesPa.com/Polls

 

In this primary, candidates for the November 5th Municipal Election will be selected, offices include:

COUNTY:

Commissioners
District Attorney
Prothonotary
Recorder of Deeds
Register of Wills
Sheriff
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
Magisterial District Judge

STATE:

Justice of the Supreme Court
Judge of the Superior Court
Judge of the Commonwealth Court

Want to learn moreSign up for our newsletter and stay connected. You can also donate foodfunds and time to help us achieve our mission. Call 610-873-6000 to speak to someone about getting involved or requesting 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.

April is National Volunteer Month

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, year after year…there simply would not be a Chester County Food Bank!

Volunteer Month is a great time to get involved.  The temperatures are rising and Spring is here so we’ll be adding more volunteer opportunities each month. Be sure to check our calendar regularly for new openings

 

In honor of National Volunteer Month, here are some interesting tidbits about volunteering:

The Value of Your Time

Did you know that there’s a dollar amount equivalent to volunteer service? The estimated value of volunteer service in Pennsylvania is $24.35/hour. That amounts to $430,508 of estimated value volunteer hours for the Chester County Food Bank in 2018!

By the Numbers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent data (2015), here are some quick facts about volunteering nationwide:

  • 2 million people volunteered at least once between September 2014-2015, which equals a national volunteer rate of just under 25%. Impressive!
    (2,484 of those volunteers were with the County Food Bank!)
  • The volunteer rate for women is about 27.8%, while the rate for men is 21.8%. Gotta catch up, gentlemen!
  • Adults between the ages of 35-54 are most likely to volunteer, while young adults are the least likely to serve.

Reasons to Volunteer

If you haven’t volunteered with the Food Bank before, you may ask yourself ‘why should I?’. Here are some great reasons why you should give us a try. Volunteering with us can:

  • Teach you new skills, or perfect skills that you already have
  • Help to fill out your resume
  • Allow you to network with people who have similar skills or interests
  • Help you stay active and engaged
  • Give you a break from screens and your “normal day-to-day”
  • Provide a safe and comfortable environment where social skills can be improved
  • Offer a new perspective and appreciation for people outside of your typical social circle
  • Lead to new friends
  • Learn about the Chester County Food Bank and our work in your community

Have more questions about volunteering?  Email Lauren Van Dyk our volunteer coordinator or call 610-873-6000.

 

Our beloved volunteer Elmer Duckinfield with Executive Director, Larry Welsch. (circa 2010)

Favorite Quotes

We are always inspired by our volunteers. Here are a few famous quotes to inspire you to GET INVOLVED.

  • “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” – Muhammad Ali
  • “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  •  “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  – Oscar Wilde
  • “If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” — Kofi Annan
  • “It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. ” – Tom Brokaw
  • “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Want to learn moreSign up for our newsletter and stay connected. You can also donate foodfunds and time to help us achieve our mission. Call 610-873-6000 to speak to someone about getting involved or requesting 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.

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

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 during Fresh2You’s market season, staff develop a new recipe for the volunteers to prepare, highlighting seasonal fresh, local produce. The sample ingredients are made available for purchase as a bundle for five dollars including a printed recipe (in English and Spanish) to take home.

In the summer months, we might offer up a smoothie with spinach and melon or a crispy green salad with chopped veggies, while the autumn months will feature warming dishes like the famous cauliflower mac’n cheese or a hearty beans and greens soup. Recipes are simple to follow, affordable, and always delicious. Very often the ingredients are combined in new ways that people just hadn’t thought of, incorporating as much healthy produce as possible.

This will be my fourth season wearing an apron, cutting up fruits and veggies at the Taste It table. There are many reasons why I keep coming back. First, I am passionate about the Chester County Food Bank’s mission to connect more people to high quality, affordable produce. Second, I love talking with the customers, many of whom come to market every week and tell us what they’ve cooked and how they’ve introduced their families to something new. And last but not least, the program staff and interns are not just a dedicated crew, but also top-notch people who know how to have fun. You can’t ask for more.

Martha lives in West Chester with her husband, two of her three kids and a crazy little puppy named Lulu. She loves to walk, swim, practice yoga and spend as much time outside with anyone who will join her.

Want to join Martha and our Taste It! team?  Complete the Taste It! volunteer application 

Want to learn more? Sign up for our newsletter and stay connected. You can also donate foodfunds 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.