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Monthly Archives: April 2021

Honor Mom with a Gift of Hope ❤

 

Hooray for MOMS!  For the moms, grandmas, nanas, godmothers, foster moms, bonus moms, aunts, wives, sisters, friends, neighbors, mentors… ALL the women who give and love with a mother’s heart!

This Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 9) honor someone special by making a gift in their honor to the Chester County Food Bank.  As a token of our appreciation for your donation of $50, we will send a special collection of twelve notecards (four each of three designs) to your loved one.

Your support helps our neighbors struggling to put food on the table. Your donation feeds hope ❤ Mama would be proud.

Notecard collection includes: (12) 3.5 in. x 5 in. postcard style cards. Four each of three designs plus envelopes and a sticker. 

 

We cannot guarantee the arrival of the notecards in time for Mother’s Day, however, we can send an email telling them that a gift has been made in their honor and to expect a little something in the mail. (Be sure to click the box to ‘notify the following person of my gift’ to complete the form for the recipient’s address. If you would like for us to email your recipient, put their email address in the box below address.) Recipients are notified of gift made in their honor but are not alerted to the amount.

If you are local, you can pick up the notecards at our location in Exton. Please email Terry at tscholl@chestercountyfoodbank.org if you would like to schedule an in-person pickup.

 

 

CCFB and Hoover Financial Named as a Philadelphia Business Journal 2021 Faces of Philanthropy

The Chester County Food Bank is honored to be recognized along with Hoover Financial Advisors as a Philadelphia Business Journal 2021 Faces of Philanthropy.

Organized by the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Faces of Philanthropy awards recognize companies in Greater Philadelphia who, through philanthropic initiatives with a local non-profit organization, have made a large impact on the Greater Philadelphia community through monetary donations, social impact, and community involvement.

Hoover’s first volunteering with CCFB back in 2012 at our previous location in Guthriesville.

The partnership between CCFB and Hoover Financial Advisors (HFA) started in 2012 when HFA presented their first financial gift to CCFB along with their team volunteering at the gardens located at the Food Bank’s previous location in Downingtown.  In 2013 they launched their “Fall Funds for Food” drive as a collaborative effort with their financial clients for a canned food collection and matching funds drive.  Since then, HFA has continued to provide sweat equity volunteering over 300 hours and donating more than $110,000.

“I have lived in Chester County my entire life and I have a strong desire to give back to the community, said Hoover Financial Advisors CEO Pete Hoover.  “I am shocked by how many people in Chester County, one of the wealthiest counties in the state and country, do not have enough food. This is my town, and I should be able to be there to help people.”

“The team at Hoover Financial Advisors has been a true champion of the efforts and mission of the Chester County Food Bank,” said Anne Shuniak, Senior Marketing Manager at CCFB.  “It is the genuine human interaction and the simple words of “let us know what we can do to help” that exemplifies the HFA / CCFB partnership.”

Meet the Team: The Tuesday Terrors Volunteers

Here at the Chester County Food Bank, we rely on our generous volunteers for so much of what we are able to accomplish. From processing donations to staffing events, it is thanks to the energy and dedication of our amazing volunteers that we can continue to help so many families and individuals in our community to have access to nourishing food and educational programming.

While we greatly appreciate all of our volunteers, there is an extra-special group that has been volunteering with the CCFB for years. This good-natured crew of volunteers is lovingly referred to as the “Tuesday Terrors.” They give their time every Tuesday morning in our warehouse and kitchen, and then all go out to lunch together afterward! (The pandemic of course has changed their lunch plans.) Throughout their years of service, the group has become a coordinated and well-trained team that can manage a number of tasks with limited supervision. From 9 a.m. until noon every Tuesday, they sort donated food, clean veggies, pack Meals on Wheels and pitch in wherever else they are needed.

Gerry Miller and his wife, Sue, joined the Tuesday Terrors in 2013 because they had both retired and wanted to participate in an activity that was socially engaging and benefited the community. One of their neighbors suggested the CCFB because they had a very positive experience volunteering with us. Gerry and Sue have fulfilled their goals with the Tuesday Terrors. Gerry said, “For Sue and me, the best parts are the camaraderie, and helping those in the community who might otherwise go hungry.”

Gerry says their group would be happy to welcome others, and encourages anyone interested to give volunteering a try. “You’ll meet a lot of wonderful people, volunteer in a very positive environment and discover that you are playing an important role in helping get food to people in need.”

Another Tuesday Terror, Gail Kimble, enjoys that the group is made up of strangers from diverse backgrounds who became friends. “We work hard, laugh a lot, share stories and care about each other and our families in a special way. We enjoy the work and are happy to help families who may be hungry,” she said. Her favorite part of volunteering at CCFB? “Knowing that in a small way I can impact someone’s life.”

Jerry West started volunteering at the CCFB in 2010 when we were still in our former location in Guthriesville. He’s found the experience to be satisfying in a fundamental way. “Volunteering lets me use my many skills that I have learned over my 80 years,” he said. “I feel I am giving back to others who need a helping hand.”

If you’d like to join the Tuesday Terrors or volunteer with the Chester County Food Bank in any capacity, let us know! You can check out our Volunteer FAQ page for more information, and email volunteer@chestercountyfoodbank.org with unanswered questions or to get involved.

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.

Emily Kovach

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.Photos were taken prior to CDC mask-wearing guidelines but we wanted to show smiles 🙂