The Funds, in the form of grocery gift cards, will be distributed through CCFB’s network of partner agencies
Chester County Food Bank is the recipient of a generous donation of grocery gift cards totaling $120,000 made possible by support from ACME Markets Foundation and their Nourishing Neighbors Foundation. The grocery cards will be distributed through the Food Bank’s network of hunger-relief partners. Partners can use the cards to purchase items from ACME to stock their pantry shelves or they can choose to distribute the cards to individuals and families.
“Higher prices at the grocery store are causing more people to need the services of CCFB and our network of partners,” said Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank. “The gift cards will enable our food cupboard partners to purchase most needed items for their pantry or enable a social service partner that may only do a limited grocery box distribution to give a grocery card to a client so that they can select items of their choosing.”
The grocery gift cards are coming at a particularly good time since many of the safety net programs have ended. “Last year we received dairy, meat, and produce boxes through the USDA’s Farm to Family Covid Response, but funding was not renewed for the supplemental program this year,” said Catie Hargraves, Director of Procurement and Distribution.
“Our friends (clients), who were struggling financially before recent inflation, are having an even harder time meeting their basic needs, especially at the grocery store,” said Melissa Pacella, Director of Organization and Development at Serving, Inspiring, and Loving Others (SILO) in Oxford. “Many feel trapped, choosing between paying bills or buying groceries. These gift cards will create a huge relief for families and seniors on a fixed income.”
“The effects of the pandemic will be long-lasting,” said Dana Ward, Communications and Public Affairs Manager for ACME Markets. “Those effects intertwined with inflation have people struggling – some like never before. ACME Markets is proud to support our local food bank network and pleased to present these grocery store cards to the Chester County Food Bank.”
“ACME has been a great partner in fighting hunger across Chester County and the region,” said Youndt. “We are grateful for their continued support and for helping us to ensure access to real, healthy food.”
The end of the school year is fast approaching and for over 18,000 students in Chester County that means the uncertainty of a daily meal since school will be out of session. Help the Chester County Food Bank to fill the shelves for neighbors in need by hosting a Summer Food Drive.
The Chester County Food Bank is reaching unprecedently low numbers in food donations. Donations are critical to helping us serve our network of community agencies throughout Chester County. We are asking for your help now to specifically combat summer food scarcity for students. When children are not in school during the summer months, they lose their access to free breakfast and lunches. They turn to their local food cupboards for help. Please consider hosting a food or fund drive within your school, church, neighborhood, or employer during the month of May so we can keep our Chester County kids fed during these summer months.
FOOD DRIVES are a powerful connector for the communities that we serve. The items from your food drive will be sent to our network of more than 160 member agencies organizations such as food cupboards, meal sites, and direct service partners. Your donation will help feed neighbors in our community who are struggling to put food on the table. When possible, please donate items that are whole grain, no/low sugar/sodium and without high fructose corn syrup. We also ask that you not donate expired food items or items in glass jars. Download the Summer Food Drive Flyer here (or here for a flyer for your own message). Check out our food drive toolkit for how to get started.
FUND DRIVES (monetary donations) are equally as important to our mission to ensure access to real, healthy food and are used to leverage our bulk buying power. Increase the impact of your food drive by supplementing your drive with a fund drive. Checks can be made payable to Chester County Food Bank, give to our online Summer Food Drive or use our online tool for hosting your own virtual food drive. chestercountyfoodbank.fenly.org
Transportation is a significant cost for the Chester County Food Bank and it is challenging to arrange food drive pick-ups around our daily scheduled food deliveries to member agencies. We encourage you to bring your donation directly to CCFB which is located at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton. Please schedule large deliveries (500 lbs+ / approximately 2 cars full or a large SUV/truck) at least 24 hours in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 610-873-6000 x126.
Please help make sure no child in Chester County goes hungry this summer.