We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.
Watch our ‘A Fresh Approach’ mission video and FRESHstart Kitchen video.
Who We Are
The Chester County Food Bank was formed in 2009 to address the escalating hunger problem in the county. Our primary goal was, and still is, to have a viable, sustainable organization that secures, manages and distributes food to those in need.
Today, we are the central hunger relief organization serving more than 150 partner agencies in Chester County, PA. Through our network of food cupboards, hot meal sites, shelters, and other social service organizations, we distribute over 3 million pounds to our neighbors with limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
We are, however, more than food drives that put cans on shelves. We take a steadfast approach to provide food and build support in the neediest communities while raising awareness and engagement among our community. Visit our Food Security Initiatives to learn about how our programs are making inroads in the fight against hunger.
How We Work
The Food Bank is housed in a 36,000 square foot facility including our 2,500 square foot commercial kitchen, 4,250 square feet of refrigeration and freezer space and our warehouse. We secure food through donations, state and federal food assistance programs and by purchasing fresh and non-perishables using grant monies.
Volunteers help to inspect, sort and repackage food in preparation for distribution. Volunteers provide thousands of hours of support every year ranging from processing fresh produce in our kitchen, packing bags for our Backpack program and donated food in our warehouse, to working the fields at our local farm partners.
Using our three refrigerated box trucks, our staff of drivers make daily (weekday) deliveries to our cupboards and social service agencies throughout the 759 square miles of Chester County.
In 2017, we became a Partner Distribution Organization (PDO) of Philabundance which is a part of the Feeding America network.
Community Food Security Assessment
In 2018, the Philadelphia Foundation funded Chester County’s first Community Food Security Assessment as part of Chester County Food Bank’s strategic planning process. Click here to read the published researched article in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition.