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Monthly Archives: April 2022

CCFB Receives $40,000 Donation from Customers Bank

Chester County Food Bank is pleased to announce a $40,000 donation from Customers Bank. The donation will fund nearly 30,000 meals for the food insecure that the Food Bank serves through its network of over 160 partner agencies.

In addition to rising costs, we are also seeing an increased demand for food assistance,” said Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank. We are thankful for Customers Bank’s investment in the Food Bank and our mission to ensure access to real, healthy food. This donation enables us to focus on not only the immediate food needs but also purchase foods in advance to avoid supply cost increases.”

In 2021, 50% of the 3.5 million pounds of food distributed by the Chester County Food Bank was fresh fruits and vegetables. We hope to sustain this high volume and variety of healthy food for our network of community partners that distribute to our neighbors in need.

The pandemic has exacerbated the issues of families who were already facing an uphill battle. Food insecurity has increased in our county and the ripple effects persist as inflation rises.

“Customers Bank is proud to support the communities we live in and serve,” said Miguel Alban, Senior Vice President and Director of Multicultural Banking for Customers Bank. “We have a strong belief in lifting our communities, and we are able to do that by partnering with important organizations like the Chester County Food Bank.”

To stay in the know with the Chester County Food Bank like @ccfoodbank on Facebook and follow @chestercountyfoodbank on Instagram and LinkedIn.

¡Estamos emocionados para la nueva temporada del mercado móvil Fresh2You!

¡Estamos emocionados para la nueva temporada del mercado móvil Fresh2You! Esperamos ver caras conocidas y conectarnos con nuevos amigos en las paradas semanales del mercado.

Tendremos mercados emergentes durante toda la temporada, así que asegúrese de seguirnos en Facebook e Instagram para ver dónde aparece Fresh2You. Estamos emocionados de que nuestros voluntarios de Taste It regresarán a la mayoría de los mercados con demostraciones de recetas semanales.

Programación Fresh2You:  7 de junio – 19 de noviembre 2022

Calendário Fresh2You:  7 de junho – 19 de novembro 2022

El horario del mercado está sujeto a cambios. Vuelva a consultar aquí o síganos en Facebook e Instagram para obtener actualizaciones. No dude en enviarnos un correo electrónico a fresh2you@chestercountyfoodbank.org si tiene preguntas. Las cancelaciones meteorológicas se publican en Facebook e Instagram.

Vea abajo por una lista de mercados agrícolas que aceptan Veggie Bucks como forma de pago.

 

MARTES / TERÇAS

2:00 – 4:30p
Coventry Mall
(Detrás Boscov’s)
351 W. Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown

 

MIERCOLES / QUARTAS

10:00am – 12:30pm
Phoenixville Senior Center
153 Church St., Phoenixville

 

JUEVES / QUINTAS

11:00am – 1:00pm
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center/
Centro Médico de Veteranos de Coatesville
1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Coatesville

2:30 – 4:30p
M&T Bank – Honey Brook
4711 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

 

VIERNES / SEXTAS

10:00am – 12:30pm
Oxford Library / Biblioteca de Oxford
48 S. 2nd St., Oxford

 

SÁBADO

9:00am – 11:0pm
Coatesville (Masonic Lodge/Loja Maçônica)
360 E. Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville

 

 

 

Veggie Bucks

Los Veggie Bucks se pueden canjear en estos lugares por frutas y verduras:

 

Mercado de agricultores de Downingtown
28 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Kerr Park
sábado | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Mercado de agricultores de Eagleview
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
estacionamiento sobre el jardín comunitario
jueves | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Mercado de agricultores de Malvern
Burke Park, at Warren Ave and Roberts Rd.
sábado 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Kings Sweet Corn & Produce
2849 Lower Valley Rd, Parkesburg
lunes – sábado 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
y encontrarlos como vendedor en:
Mercado de agricultores de Kennett Square
401 Birch St.
viernes | 3:00 – 6:00 pm

 

West Chester Food Co-op
142 E. Market St, West Chester
martes | 3:00 – 7:00 pm

 

 

Fresh2You Mobile Market 2022 Season

 

 

Shop Fresh2You:  June – November 2022

We are excited for a fresh new season of our Fresh2You Mobile Market! We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and connecting with new friends at weekly market stops.

We will have host pop-up markets throughout the season so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see where Fresh2You is popping up.  We are excited that our Taste It! volunteers will return to most of the markets sampling weekly recipe demonstrations.

2022 Fresh2You Schedule – June 7 – November 19

Market schedule is subject to change. Check back here or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates. Feel free to email us at fresh2you@chestercountyfoodbank.org with questions. 

You can also shop using your Veggie Bucks at our Veggie Bucks Partners. See the list below for schedules and partners. **

 

TUESDAYS

Coventry Mall
(Behind Boscov’s)
351 W. Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown
2:00 – 4:30p


WEDNESDAYS 

Phoenixville Senior Center
153 Church St., Phoenixville
10:00am – 12:30pm


THURSDAYS 

Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Coatesville
(campus is open to the public)
11am – 1pm

M&T Bank – Honey Brook
4711 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook
2:30 – 4:30pm


FRIDAYS 

Oxford Library
48 S. 2nd St., Oxford
10:00 am – 12:30pm


SATURDAYS

Coatesville
360 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville
9:00 – 11:00 am

 

 

 

Veggie Bucks Partners

Fresh2You accepts all forms of payment, including cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT , FreshRx, and WIC or Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. For customers shopping with SNAP/EBT or FMNP, Fresh2You can stretch your food budget by offering matching dollars in the form of Veggie Bucks.  These can be used on any future purchases of fruits and vegetables during the Fresh2You season! Veggie Bucks can be redeemed at any Fresh2You Market and at these locations for fruits and vegetables:

Downingtown Farmers Market
28 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Kerr Park
Saturdays | 9:00 am – Noon
* This market also accepts SNAP

Eagleview Farmers Market
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
Parking lot above the community garden
Thursdays | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
* This market also accepts SNAP

Malvern Farmers Market
Burke Park at Warren Ave. and Roberts Rd.
Saturdays | 9:00 am – Noon
* This market also accepts SNAP

Kings Sweet Corn & Produce
2849 Lower Valley Rd., Parkesburg
Monday – Saturday | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Find them as a vendor at:
Kennett Square Farmers Market
401 Birch St.
Fridays | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

West Chester Cooperative
142 E. Market St., West Chester
Tuesdays | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

 

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 $26.67/hour. That amounts to $334,015 of estimated value volunteer hours for the Chester County Food Bank in 2021!

By the Numbers

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of volunteering, especially activities done individually rather than through organizations. Examples include grocery shopping for older neighbors or friends and making face masks to give to people who could not obtain them. The people doing this type of volunteering—termed “direct volunteers”—are not counted as employed or as volunteers in U.S. statistics because they are not doing this work through an organization.

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 our Volunteer Manager or call 610-873-6000.

 

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 more? You can also donate foodfunds and time to help us achieve our mission. Call 610-873-6000 to speak to someone about getting involved. 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.

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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According to our research, fresh produce is the most requested item among those visiting food pantries. *

50% of the 3.5 million pounds of food distributed by the Chester County Food Bank is fresh fruits and vegetables – 39% locally grown in Pennsylvania, Chester County, or from our own farms and gardens.

We hope to sustain this high volume and variety of healthy food for our network of community partners that distribute to our neighbors in need. But we can’t do it without your support. We are experiencing the highest price increases since we opened in 2009 – some prices are up as much as 300%.

In addition to rising costs, we are also seeing an increased demand for food assistance. With the effects of the pandemic intertwined with inflation, our neighbors here in Chester County – families, children, seniors, and veterans continue to struggle.

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