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EatFresh a Success! Looking Into 2018

Posted on December 5, 2017 by

The end of the year is always a great time for reflection — a time to look back on the successes and struggles across the calendar and make plans for the year ahead. As 2017 draws to a close, here at the Chester County Food Bank, we’re taking time to consider the progress of our community program, EatFresh.

This educational/hands-on initiative offers cooking…

How to Give Back on Giving Tuesday and During the Holidays

Posted on November 20, 2017 by

This time of year, there’s a lot of spending going on—it seems as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are wrapped up and put in the fridge that the frenzy of holiday consumerism is upon us. Of course, there’s Black Friday, when megastores and malls around the country break out their craziest deals and shoppers line up for hours in the cold night…

Get the Latest Chester County Food Bank News This Friday on WCHE

Posted on November 8, 2017 by

Exciting news: Our marketing and communications manager, Anne Shuniak, is going to make a guest appearance on the radio this Friday! Anne will be featured on the weekly show “Eat, Drink and Dish” on WCHE 1520 AM. This community-minded program, hosted by Mary Bigham of The Town Dish, covers topics related to the regional culinary scene, ranging from interviews with local chefs and brewers…

Meet Our Community Partner: Diwali Food Drive

Posted on November 7, 2017 by

When it comes to charitable giving and volunteering, the fall and winter holidays are when we often see a big surge from the community. Thanksgiving and Christmas may come to mind, but for the Byers Station community in Chester County, the holiday of Diwali—the Festival of Light—is the catalyst for a coordinated group effort to give back. Diwali (sometimes spelled “Deepavali”) is a…

Keeping Chester County’s Kids Fed with Weekend Backpacks

Posted on November 6, 2017 by

We have a saying around here that goes, “Hunger never takes a break.” The statement is simple, but true: this basic human need affects people of all demographics. But food insecurity is a particularly pressing issue for our most vulnerable neighbors—children and seniors—who often rely on others to take care of them. Nearly 14,000 children in Chester County qualify for free or…

How We Help Feed Chester County’s Senior Citizens

Posted on October 27, 2017 by

When you think about our community’s most vulnerable citizens, it can be easy to overlook a population that can face huge struggles: senior citizens. There is a cultural stereotype of a retired couple living out their “golden years” in comfort, but this is far from the case for many of our older neighbors. Not everyone has a pension, retirement funds or extended family to…

Meet the Community Partner: Wegmans

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The Chester County Food Bank is largely able to accomplish its goal of combating food insecurity in our communities thanks to donations from generous individuals, the dedication of our volunteers and our amazing staff. Additionally, there are some larger organizations and companies whose continued support has given us significant boosts to achieve the goals set forth in our mission.

One of these companies is Wegmans…

Meet the Team: Claudia Rose-Muir, Food Sourcing Manager

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Here at the Chester County Food Bank, we rely on our amazing staff and dedicated volunteers to help us accomplish our ambitious and unwavering goal of ending food insecurity in Chester County.

One of the pillars of our staff is Claudia Rose-Muir, the Food Bank’s food sourcing manager. If we can’t source food consistently and efficiently, then we aren’t able to…

Meet the Community Partner: Octorara Area Food Cupboard

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Chester County Food Bank works with dozens of food cupboards in our area to help distribute food to our neighbors in need. One such organization is the Octorara Area Food Cupboard in Parkesburg.

Open in its current location since December 2012, this completely volunteer-run food cupboard serves the Octorara Area School District region, including Atglen, Christiana, Cochranville, Compass, Parkesburg, Pomeroy, Sadsbury and Wagontown.

Through…

Kale Yeah! October 4 is National Kale Day

Posted on October 4, 2017 by

Kale, the unexpected rock star of green vegetables, is getting its own special day: October 4 is National Kale Day! These days, it seems like there’s a “holiday” for practically everything, but this is one that we’re happy to celebrate. Nutrition is a core value at Chester County Food Bank, and kale (plus collards, and other greens in the brassica family) are jam…