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 our communities to a minimum, we are also instrumental in maintaining a state of preparedness for catastrophic events within our county in collaboration with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Blizzards, ice storms, severe thunderstorms, flooding and other emergencies where power may be lost for any length of time require the Food Bank to ramp up within six hours of being notified.
Our Emergency Response Program is committed to providing 1,000 neighbors with hot meals, snacks and water as well as items typically needed during an emergency, such as batteries, extension cords, paper products, detergents, electrical tape, Sterno burners and gloves, which are picked up by the American Red Cross as needed. The emergency meals are prepared in advance by our staff and volunteers and kept frozen at our facility. We have been fortunate to partner with the Wegmans Culinary Team for meal production. It’s also worth noting: Per industry common practice, we have a quarterly rotation schedule for the meals so if they are not needed, then they are distributed to one of our partner meal sites.
We want to make sure that all the bases are covered regarding the well-being of our communities and emergency response—it’s a priority that just makes sense to us.
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The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 food cupboards, meal sites and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We take a steadfast approach to provide food and build support in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among our community.