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Get Ready to Vote in PA Primaries

Posted on April 15, 2019 by

“While the Chester County Food Bank does not endorse candidates or political parties, we do advocate for every American’s right to vote,” said Larry Welsch, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “We feel that this effort is important to help us achieve our mission to ‘mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.”

Primary elections in Pennsylvania are held on the third…

April is National Volunteer Month

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Lauren Van Dyk

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…

Share Your Love of Cooking – Become a Taste It! Volunteer

Posted on by Martha Kirby

If you love to talk to people and think that curly kale is a thing of beauty, then please register to volunteer with the Chester County Food Bank’s Taste It! program. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.

Taste It! volunteers do simple cooking demonstrations at the Fresh2You mobile market, or the various partner food pantries and community partners throughout the county.  Each week…

Advocacy Team Attends Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

Posted on March 20, 2019 by Roberta Cosentino

In February, three members of Chester County Food Bank’s Advocacy Team attended the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (AHPC) in Washington, DC. The yearly AHPC conference is a joint effort of the Food Research Action Center and Feeding America.

The conference speakers included Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware and the Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. Both implored attendees to think…

Chester County Food Bank’s Sustained Commitment to Nutrition

Posted on March 11, 2019 by

When it comes to food and dietary choices, many of us have learned that it’s more about quality than quantity. But for many of our neighbors in Chester County, it’s really about both. Quantity — that is, simply enough food on the table, day after day — is the primary struggle for many families and individuals facing food insecurity. When meals are unpredictable or scarce…

Delphi Wealth Management Presents $25,000 Donation to Food Bank

Posted on March 6, 2019 by

Delphi Wealth Management Group of West Chester presented the Chester County Food Bank with a $25,000 donation on Friday, March 1, 2019, to help sustain the Food Bank’s recently launched FRESHstart KitchenTM culinary workforce development program.

Delphi partners Kevin McDermott and John Kane presented the donation to Ranney Moran, Director of Culinary Programs along with students currently enrolled in the program. After presenting…

Get Your Hands Dirty for a Great Cause: Start a Raised Bed Garden

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

Did you know that the Chester County Food Bank is well-versed in the education and execution of raised-bed gardens? Imagine being able to participate in a thriving program that provides an excuse for some built-in therapy, courtesy of Mother Nature while growing fresh produce for food insecure neighbors within your community.

Raina Ainslie, raised bed garden program manager, says, “Gardens are powerful…

“Heat or Eat”: Some Neighbors Have to Make This Difficult Choice

Posted on January 30, 2019 by

 

 

The blustery days of winter have arrived in force. We are seeing record setting lows in temperatures. Unfortunately, as the chill of winter blasts through the hills and towns of Chester County, our communities are still in desperate need. Hunger knows no season.

Those less fortunate still require heat and hot water and other social services, in addition to food. The effects of…

Get to Know the Chester County Food Bank

Posted on January 21, 2019 by

Whether you’re a regular visitor to our website or this is your first time here, we want to take a moment to say thank you: for caring about your community, prioritizing food insecurity and giving back to your neighbors in need. We know there are many demands on your time and your dollar — as always, we urge you to keep your giving local whenever…

Meet the Community Partner: West Chester University Resource Pantry

Posted on January 11, 2019 by

At the Chester County Food Bank, our mission is to mobilize the community to ensure access to real, healthy food.  Although we have programs that focus on supporting children, families and senior citizens, the truth is that there are vulnerable people across all demographics.

A specific demographic that might not come to mind is college students. It’s a mistake to assume that just because…