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Honoring Black History: Frederick McKinley Jones

Posted on February 12, 2021 by

An important part of history is the many inventive contributions of Black Americans. Often these achievements are overlooked or unknown, yet make our daily lives easier and more efficient. One such invention is vital to the food industry and an integral part of the Food Bank’s mission to mobilize the community to ensure access to real, healthy food.

Frederick McKinley Jones was a master…

Andrea Youndt Named New Chief Executive Officer of Chester County Food Bank

Posted on January 4, 2021 by

The Chester County Food Bank is pleased to announce Andrea Youndt as the new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Larry Welsch, who retired from the organization at the end of December after serving over ten years as the founding executive director. Youndt began her position on January 4.

Ms. Youndt’s extensive nonprofit experience includes nearly 20 years with regional YMCAs
serving as Executive Director, District…

A Message of Gratitude from our Executive Director Upon His Retirement

Posted on December 22, 2020 by

Over the past 11 years, our strength has been our volunteers, community partners and supporters joining to provide healthy food and nutritional education programs to meet the most pressing needs of our neighbors. In looking back at 2020, we’ll remember a year with daily reminders of inequality, compounded by barriers to services, resources and food.

During the first six months of fiscal 2020, we…

Rooted in Community

Posted on October 22, 2020 by

In a season on many unknowns, trust our continued commitment to go beyond hunger.
For the long haul…

We will provide food, with a focus on nutrition, to the more than 75,000 of our neighbors struggling to put food on the table.

We will collaborate and build capacity with our network of community partners, pantries and member agencies to ensure access to real, healthy…

Quarterly Impact: October 2020

Posted on October 19, 2020 by

Program Highlight: Distribution
This year has been rife with unknowns… what remains certain is our commitment to serve our neighbors in need. We are so proud of our 120 + network partners we distribute to, all of which have remained open during the Covid-19 crisis serving their clients with compassion, care and grit.  Many of our agencies, while they remained open, did not have the…

4 Ways to Make the Most of Hunger Action Month

Posted on September 14, 2020 by

At the Chester County Food Bank, we’re working year-round to end hunger and food insecurity in our communities. No matter the season, we’re mobilizing our staff and volunteers to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need, from Simple Suppers to nutrition education.

That said, September is a preview to the giving season, as it’s Hunger Action Month…

Chester County Food Bank Announces New Chair of the Board

Posted on August 28, 2020 by

History to repeat as Bob McNeil steps back into the role
We are pleased to announce that founding chairman Robert D. McNeil will reprise his position as Chairman of the Board for the Chester County Food Bank. Mr. McNeil was instrumental in creating the Food Bank in 2009 and held the position of Board Chair until 2014.

The transition comes with the recent announcement of…

Reliant Upon Volunteers, Food Bank’s Ag Program Produces Fresh Food for Those in Need

Posted on August 10, 2020 by Vista.Today

As the county’s central hunger relief organization, the Chester County Food Bank serves more than 120 partner agencies and distributes more than three million pounds of healthy food to those in need. While much of the food is secured though donations, food assistance programs, and grant money, the Food Bank strives for a third of the food it distributes to be fresh from its…

Have a Bounty in Your Garden? Share with Your Neighbors

Posted on July 31, 2020 by

It’s that glorious time of summer when hours of sunshine during the day and a good soaking from evening thunderstorms make for happy plants, as evidenced by the backyard and community gardens positively exploding with fresh fruits and veggies. You can see the tomato and squash plants growing in leaps and bound before your very eyes!

Some gardens even become so prolific that the…

Executive Director Larry Welsch to Retire at End of the Year

Posted on July 29, 2020 by

Larry Welsch, the founding Executive Director of Chester County Food Bank, will retire from the organization at the end of this year.

Larry was hired as the first employee of the newly created Chester County Food Bank in October 2009 when county government needed a lead hunger relief organization in Chester County to take over state and federal food programs that were orphaned from a…