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Coatesville Food Summit: Community Cohesiveness Curtails Local Food Insecurities

Posted on March 15, 2017 by

American inventor Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Ford’s words were put to the test as the Chester County Food Bank hosted its third annual Coatesville Food Summit, held at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus.

According to sobering statistics provided by the city, the current population of Coatesville living in poverty…

Elmer Duckinfield: A Volunteer Ahead of His Time

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“I grew up in the city. I couldn’t grow a tomato if I tried,” laughs Elmer Duckinfield, when asked what inspired him to become Chester County’s first official farm gleaning volunteer back in 1996. Elmer’s humility, dedication and quick humor become evident as we explored the origin of one of our most successful campaigns to get fresh produce into the hands of…

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

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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…

Check Us Out: Stop By Our Open House March 25

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We are excited to welcome you to visit us on Saturday, March 25, at the Chester County Food Bank’s Open House. We always love the opportunity to connect with those in our surrounding neighborhoods and towns to share the work that we do in Chester County. Whether you’ve volunteered with us before or are just curious about what a Food Bank looks like…

Meet the Team: Nick Popov, Director of Warehouse and Logistics

Posted on February 7, 2017 by

As part of our reach into Chester County’s communities, we proudly present the first in a series of monthly stories highlighting one part of the Food Bank that works cohesively to feed, educate and introduce our programs into local residences, schools and businesses. We aim to give you valuable insight into what we do by sharing information about an individual who represents a specific…

We’re Always Prepared for Emergency Response

Posted on February 6, 2017 by

It always pays to be prepared for emergencies—a first-aid kit in a backpack, a spare tire in the trunk of your car and a fire extinguisher in the kitchen are simple, everyday examples of how we can keep ahead of troubling situations that can crop up unexpectedly.

While the Chester County Food Bank is known for continuously striving to bring food insecurity for…

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

Posted on February 2, 2017 by

 

 

As we head into February, it’s hard to believe the hustle and bustle of the holidays was just a month ago. Unfortunately, as the chill of winter blasts through the hills and towns of Chester County, our communities are still in desperate need. Hunger takes no holiday.

Those less fortunate still require heat and hot water and other social services, in addition…

Your Year-End Deductions Can Make a Difference in Chester County

Posted on December 28, 2016 by

Looking to squeeze in another tax deduction before 2016 is but a memory? We’ll take it! Your year-end donation makes a world of difference for those served by the Chester County Food Bank.

Your gift of any size helps us provide nutritious, healthy food to our hungry neighbors. This year, our generous donors enabled us to distribute 2.3 million pounds of food…

A New Day Dawns: Helping Victims Become Survivors of Human Trafficking

Posted on December 22, 2016 by

Human trafficking is defined as a form of modern slavery (labor and/or sexual) that occurs in every state, including Pennsylvania.
Emma (not her real name; details changed for anonymity) continued walking toward town in a chilly, windswept rain. At 14 years old, she can’t drive yet and she was saving what little cash she had to take a bus into the city. Her…

Meals on Wheels + CCFB = Serving Our Neighbors

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One of our most rewarding programs is with our friends at Meals on Wheels of Chester County. Through this partnership, we make sure 2,000 meals move through Meals on Wheels each month.

“We enjoy being able to do this, and especially hearing the stories that come back from volunteers,” said Chester County Food Bank’s Food Drive & Procurement Coordinator Claudia Rose-Muir. “It…