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Four Ways to Make A Difference Today

Each year on the fourth Saturday of October, Make A Difference Day, we reflect on ways that each of us – the collective “you” and the collective “we”, together – can affect positive change in our communities. When so many BIG issues feel out of our immediate control as they play out on the global and national stages, it can be easy to forget for a moment that WE have the power to make meaningful changes right here in our own communities. In fact, those little positive changes that we can all influence together just might be even more impactful in our day-to-day lives!

This year Make a Difference Day is October 23 and we’d like to share with you four powerful ways that you can Make A Difference right here in Chester County (and beyond!).

 

FIND YOUR PASSION, SUPPORT A CAUSE. While we happen to think that food insecurity is a pretty important issue (OK we’re biased!), we’re thrilled to be in great company here in Chester County with a number of wonderful organizations who work to support all sorts of causes. It’s easy to be a helper in your community when you can identify a passion or interest and find a way to donate some of your time to it. Whether your passion is helping to address food insecurity, homelessness, animal cruelty, domestic violence, drug abuse, mental health, water quality, historic preservation, or so much more – there’s a place for you to help here in Chester County! Become an advocate or a volunteer and you’ll be Making A Difference!

Here are some impactful ways to support the Chester County Food Bank right now:

 

EAT LOCAL. Take it a step further and make an effort to source more of your diet locally – it’s easier than you might think! We are so fortunate here in Chester County to be surrounded by rich soil, clean waterways, and a robust agricultural history (still in the making!). Still, farms and farmland are on the decline in Chester County, and having support from local consumers is key in making sure that we don’t lose this important industry. The Chester County Food Bank is proud that 39% of the fresh food we distribute (which is half of our total 3.5 million pound food distribution) is Pennsylvania grown.

Here are some ways that you can support our local farmers and the businesses who support them:

 

SHOP LOCAL. Supporting local businesses is one of the most impactful ways to invest in our communities and in our neighbors who live, work, and play alongside us. As consumers, we can create a positive impact by directing our dollars to the people, places, goods, or services that help to make our communities better.

With the holiday season upon us, consider checking out some of our local vendors:

 

 

GET OUT THE VOTE. Local elections can be even more important than national elections when it comes to issues that impact our day-to-day lives. Local legislators are elected to act as our ground-level advocates and should represent our collective voice at the municipal, state, and federal levels. Make sure that you research candidates early and use your power as a registered voter to elect legislators who will fight for the issues that you care about.

Chester County Municipal General Elections are coming up on Tuesday, November 2nd. The voter registration window has closed, but you can request a mail-in or absentee ballot until October 26th. We’ve included some helpful information below – tell your friends, tell your neighbors, to get out the vote!

 

How will YOU Make A Difference? Let us know! #makeadifferenceChesco

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

 

Lauren Van Dyk, Volunteer Manager | Chester County Food Bank

Let’s Not Bring Hunger to School

Give Today

With your gift, the Chester County Food Bank can work to ensure access to real, healthy food to the 1 in 10 people in Chester County that struggle to put food on the table.

While more students may be returning to in-person classes, this school year will likely continue to look different than “normal”. Unfortunately, one constant is that thousands of school-age students, kindergarten through college, struggle to focus because they are hungry.

In a county of wealth, there are nearly 18,000 school-age children that may go to school hungry in Chester County.

 

CCFB’s FRESHstart Kitchen Designated a ‘Restaurant Ready Partner’ of the National Restaurant Assoc.

The Chester County Food Bank, courtesy of its FRESHstart Kitchen culinary workforce development program, has been named a Restaurant Ready Partner of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

The designation enables FRESHstart Kitchen students to get certified in additional core competencies to further prepare them for opportunities and sustainable employment in the foodservice industry.

Since 2009, the Chester County Food Bank has been the central hunger relief organization in Chester County addressing food insecurity by mobilizing the community to ensure access to real, healthy food. In 2018, as part of its strategic plan, the organization launched FRESHstart Kitchen to educate and prepare under or unemployed people in the community who show interest in food industry careers.

An acronym for “Focusing Resources on Employment, Self-Sufficiency, and Health,” FRESHstart Kitchen is specifically designed to assist individuals with barriers to employment gain life skills to help address the challenges of entering or reentering the workforce. The FRESHstart Kitchen is a fully certified production kitchen, located within the Food Bank’s headquarters in Exton.

“It’s 12 weeks of culinary training, and during those weeks, it is an opportunity for students to reflect on where they have been, where they are currently, and where they want to be,” said Amy Rossman, the Food Bank’s Workforce Development Manager. Rossman looks for potential students who have a goal of working in the hospitality and foodservice industry and guides them through the FRESHstart Kitchen application and interview process. She is also the facilitator for the self-empowerment and work-readiness segments of the program.

 

As part of the program, FRESHstart Kitchen staff and students operate a café for a simulated restaurant environment designed to provide students a hands-on learning experience while also showcasing their culinary and service talents. Students will also complete an internship in the food industry, and many of them are offered positions after their internships.

The Restaurant Ready Partner program’s goals align well with what the FRESHstart Kitchen has been doing all along: putting underserved people on a path to employment and independence and establishing the restaurant industry as a suitable place for first jobs, career development, and advancement.

“The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation was looking for community-based partners to be able to facilitate the Restaurant Ready curriculum, which is evidence-based and created by people who work in the restaurant industry,” said Rossman, who initiated the application process. “Their curriculum teaches six competencies found to be the most important for students to be able to become independent and sustainable in the restaurant industry.”

The six competencies include personal responsibility, communication, attitude, learning, customer service, and industry-specific skills such as culinary knowledge, food safety, and order and payment.

“The Restaurant Ready program means we are nationally recognized as a partner,” said Rossman. “The curriculum affords us an opportunity to give an added credential to the students for those six competencies, which is very important to us, and those in the industry will recognize that our students are restaurant-ready.”

An additional requirement for programs to receive the Restaurant Ready designation is for them to offer “wrap-around” services to their students once they graduate, and thus help eliminate any barriers to a successful career in the food industry. That service is something FRESHstart Kitchen is already doing, as it stays connected with students for two years after they graduate and begin working.

“We want to advocate for our students and see them succeed,” said Rossman. “We feel very grateful to be part of the journey that each of the students is on and for them to recognize that we are here to support them on that path.”

Learn more about FRESHstart Kitchen and how to support the Chester County Food Bank.

 

Contributed by Chris Cooper of Vista.Today

Gardening for Beginners Workshop

A gardening class for everyone!  ¡Una clase de jardinería para todos! (Desplácese debajo de la foto de zanahoria para español)

 

Gardeners of all (or no prior) experience are welcome. All you need is a desire to get growing and to enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor!

Whether you are curious about gardening, want to go beyond a container garden, or have harvested through many seasons – this class provides the foundational skills and the hands-on practice you need to get growing. The two-hour class will offer the basics of how to create a garden from preparing the soil, choosing seeds and seedlings, and managing weeds and pests.

All participants will receive fall seedlings to take home to #GetGrowingChesterCounty.

Gardening for Beginners – English Session
Monday, August 23, 2021
5:30-7:30pm
at the Community Garden at Anson B. Nixon Park (405 N. Walnut Rd., Kennett Square)

Register here by August 19 for the English Session
Reach out to Klielle at klielle@chestercountyfoodbank.org with any questions

 

Los jardineros con toda la experiencia (o sin experiencia previa) son bienvenidos. ¡Todo lo que necesita es el deseo de crecer y disfrutar de las frutas (y verduras) de su trabajo! Ya sea que sienta curiosidad por la jardinería, quiera ir más allá de un jardín en macetas o haya cosechado durante muchas temporadas, esta clase proporciona las habilidades fundamentales y la práctica práctica que necesita para crecer. La clase de dos horas ofrecerá los conceptos básicos de cómo crear un jardín desde la preparación del suelo, la selección de semillas y plántulas y el manejo de malezas y plagas. Todos los participantes recibirán plántulas de otoño para llevar a casa en #GetGrowingChesterCounty.

Jardinería para Principiantes
miércoles 18 de agosto
8:00-10:00 de la mañana

El jardín comunitario en Anson B. Nixon Park (405 N Walnut Rd, Kennett Square)
Regístrese aquí antes del lunes 16 de agosto si planea asistir.
¿Preguntas? Contacta con Ryan: rmccaughan@chestercountyfoodbank.org

 

Have a Bounty in Your Garden? Share with Your Neighbors

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 bounds before your very eyes!

Some gardens even become so prolific that the gardener has an overwhelming surplus of products to deal with. Sometimes a bounty can feel like a burden; after months spent tending to plants, the last thing a gardener wants is to watch perfectly good plants rot or be eaten away by pests.

If your garden is growing zucchini faster than you can eat it, by all means, surreptitiously drop off some to your neighbors. Then, consider donating some to the food cupboard closest to you.

Here at the Chester County Food Bank, we receive a lot of questions this time of year about donating fresh food from gardens. Every food cupboard is going to have its own guidelines so don’t be shy about reaching out to ask specific questions before dropping off produce. There are more than 30 crops people could be growing right now, all with different harvest directions. Please review our best practices for harvesting and donating produce or watch this general tips for harvesting video. Please only donate quality produce you would eat yourself. Avoid donating bruised. or overly mature veggies.

One thing we can recommend for sure is not allowing your zucchini to grow to the size of baseball bats! When squash gets too big, the flavor and texture suffer, and the seeds can become tough and inedible. Sure, people can potentially shred one up for zucchini bread or muffins, but this wonderful produce won’t go as far to provide nutrition to families in need as when it can be sautéed, grilled, or otherwise cooked into a healthful meal.

Happy harvesting!

You can also donate foodfunds and time to help us achieve our mission. Call (610) 873-6000 to speak to someone about getting involved or visit our Volunteer page. Thanks to you, we’re growing a healthier community.

The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 150 food cupboards, meal sites and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthful food.

Emily Kovach

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Photos: Pexels

County Commissioners Honor Former Senator Dinniman with Garden Dedication

The Chester County Commissioners recognized retired Senator Andrew Dinniman on June 22, 2021, for his leadership in addressing hunger in the county, and establishing the Chester County Gleaning Program, a forerunner to the Chester County Food Bank’s Farming and Garden Education Programs.

Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline officially dedicated the garden at the County’s Springton Manor Farm as the Senator Andrew Dinniman Garden.  Senator Dinniman retired from public office at the end of 2020 after nearly 30 years as an elected official, serving as a Chester County Commissioner and then as State Senator.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “When Senator Dinniman announced his plans to retire, we began to think of a way that we could honor his many years of public service, and especially his efforts to address hunger in Chester County.

“The successful Gleaning Program that Andy developed 25 years ago, with a network of volunteers, quickly established a resource for locally grown fruit and vegetables that was distributed to county agencies.  The fruits of his labors, along with those of local farmers, community groups, and individuals, quite literally continue to this day through gardens like those at Springton Manor Farm, managed by the Chester County Food Bank.”

The Chester County Gleaning Program began in 1996, when then County Commissioner Dinniman called a meeting of concerned citizens to address the hunger issue in Chester County.  At that meeting, it was suggested that farm surplus, an untapped source of fresh, nourishing food, was a viable solution to the hunger problem.

“I believe that the problem of hunger, in a place like Chester County, is solvable, and the Gleaning Program was designed to be part of that solution,” said Senator Dinniman.  “I am deeply honored by the Commissioners, naming the Garden in recognition of my public service.”

The first two years of the Chester County Gleaning Program – 1996 and 1997 – yielded around 24 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, and soon after, a formal structure of the program was established.  By the year 2000, more than 500 volunteers gleaned and delivered more than 32 tons of fresh produce.

“At the end of each Gleaning event, I said that when we are blessed with an abundant harvest, it is our obligation to share the harvest with all,” added Dinniman.

Last year, the Chester County Food Bank distributed more than one million pounds of fresh food throughout Chester County to a network of more than 160 hunger relief partners.

Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell said, “Andy Dinniman was on my School Board when I was a Downingtown student, was my professor at West Chester University, was my Senator when I was Downingtown’s mayor and he’s someone who has inspired me to always stay true to who I am and what I believe. Chester County residents have long reaped the benefits of his vigorous approach to public policy that includes multiple points of view and leaves no one behind. There are a lot of people who run for office to fit in, to me Andy stood out. He’s been my mentor since I met him. I’ll spend the rest of my career trying to turn that A- he gave me into an A+.”

Through its partnership with Chester County government, the Chester County Food Bank is able to grow fresh produce at Springton Manor Farm on one acre of fenced-in field space, in an 80-foot tunnel, and produce a variety of crops in the 32-raised bed Demonstration Garden. Seedlings are also started in Springton Manor Farm’s greenhouse.  The field and gardens are fully maintained by the Food Bank for many visitors to enjoy, with the mission to educate and inspire.

In one year at Springton Manor Farm, the Chester County Food Bank averages 325 volunteers, contributing over 1,800 volunteer hours.  In 2020, nearly 18,000 pounds of produce came from Springton Manor Farm’s field, and nearly 1,500 pounds came from the Demonstration Garden.

“The concept of Senator Dinniman’s Gleaning Program was very simple, yet effective,” said Commissioner Michelle Kichline. “It is why the Chester County Food Bank continued the model when it was established in 2009, and why it has grown to include some year-round operations like the one at Springton Manor.”

“The Chester County Food Bank has nurtured the Gleaning Program into deep-rooted initiatives in agriculture, nutrition, and education,” said Bob McNeil founding and current Chair of the Chester County Food Bank.  “Every day the Food Bank staff works to move our community beyond hunger. Andy has been instrumental in supporting local agriculture and preserving our beautiful Chester County resources for all. The Chester County Food Bank is honored to be a part of his legacy.”

At the event honoring Senator Dinniman, the Commissioners unveiled a sign that reads:

This garden is dedicated to Senator Andrew E. Dinniman for 28 years of public service to the citizens of Chester County.  During his years as a public servant, Andy created and developed Chester County’s Gleaning Program, growing food for those in need.  Chester County Food Bank’s successful Farming & Garden Education Programs owe their roots to the Gleaning Program established by Senator Dinniman in 1996.

Garden Resources

We are to support our growing community of gardeners. Whether you are a beginner or a master gardener, we have a variety of resources to help you make the most of your garden.

 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and tag your garden photos with #GetGrowingChesterCounty

¡Estamos emocionados para la nueva temporada del mercado móvil Fresh2You!

¡Estamos emocionados para la nueva temporada del mercado móvil Fresh2You! Esperamos ver caras conocidas y conectarnos con nuevos amigos en las paradas semanales del mercado.

Estamos encantados de ver lo lejos que hemos llegado en esta pandemia después de tanta incertidumbre durante la temporada del año pasado. El Mercado Móvil Fresh2You no requerirá que los invitados, el personal y los voluntarios completamente vacunados usen máscaras, pero pedimos que los invitados que no estén completamente vacunados continúen usando una máscara por la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad.

Tendremos mercados emergentes durante toda la temporada, así que asegúrese de seguirnos en Facebook e Instagram para ver dónde aparece Fresh2You. Estamos emocionados de que nuestros voluntarios de Taste It regresarán a la mayoría de los mercados con demostraciones de recetas semanales.

Programación Fresh2You 2021: 8 de junio – 19 de noviembre

El horario del mercado está sujeto a cambios. Vuelva a consultar aquí o síganos en Facebook e Instagram para obtener actualizaciones. No dude en enviarnos un correo electrónico a fresh2you@chestercountyfoodbank.org si tiene preguntas. Las cancelaciones meteorológicas se publican en Facebook e Instagram, o envía un mensaje de texto con “Clima” al 66599 para recibir acutalizaciones.

Vea abajo por una lista de mercados agrícolas que aceptan Veggie Bucks como forma de pago.

 

** Fresh2You Mobile Market se tomará un descanso a mitad de temporada esta semana (31 de agosto al 6 de septiembre, Día del Trabajo) para que podamos volver con fuerza durante los últimos meses de la temporada (el mercado finaliza el 19 de noviembre). Reanudaremos nuestro horario regular la semana que viene. También puede comprar con sus Veggie Bucks en nuestros Veggie Bucks Partners. Consulte la lista a continuación para conocer los horarios y los socios. **

 

 

 

MARTES

2:30 – 4:30p
Coventry Mall
(por la entrada del patio de comidas)
351 W. Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown

 

MIERCOLES

10am – Noon
Phoenixville Senior Center
153 Church St., Phoenixville

2:30 – 4:30p
M&T Bank – Honey Brook
4711 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

 

JUEVES

11am – 1pm
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Coatesville

2:30 – 4:30p
Coatesville 3rd Ave.
301 Lincoln Hwy East, Coatesville

 

VIERNES | 10am – 12pm

Oxford Library
48 S. 2nd St., Oxford

 

VIERNES | 10am – 12pm | Circuito del mercado para personas mayores
Abierto a todos para comprar en estas ubicaciones

Coatesville Senior Center
250 Harmony St.
11 de junio, 9 de julio
Primero viernes | 13 de agosto, 10 de septiembre, 8 de octubre, 12 de noviembre

 

French Creek Manor
501 Mason St., Phoenixville
18 de junio, 16 de julio
Seguno viernes | 13 de agosto, 10 de septiembre, 8 de octubre, 12 de noviembre

 

Westminster Place Parkesburg
320 W. 1st Ave.
25 de junio, 23 de julio
Tercera viernces | 20 de agosto, 17 de septiembre, 15 de octubre, 19 de noviembre

 

Whitehall Apartments
3795 Schuylkill Rd., Spring City
2 de julio, 30 de julio
Cuarta viernes | 27 de agosto, 24 de septiembre, 22 de octubre

 

Veggie Bucks

Los Veggie Bucks se pueden canjear en estos lugares por frutas y verduras:

 

Mercado de agricultores de Downingtown
28 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Kerr Park
sábado | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Mercado de agricultores de Eagleview
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
estacionamiento sobre el jardín comunitario
jueves | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Mercado de agricultores de Malvern
Burke Park, at Warren Ave and Roberts Rd.
sábado 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
¡Este mercado también acepta SNAP!

Kings Sweet Corn & Produce
2849 Lower Valley Rd, Parkesburg
lunes – sábado 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
y encontrarlos como vendedor en:
Mercado de agricultores de Kennett Square
401 Birch St.
viernes | 3:00 – 6:00 pm

 

West Chester Food Co-op
142 E. Market St, West Chester
martes | 3:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Mercado Móvil Fresh2You no requerirá que los invitados, el personal y los voluntarios completamente vacunados usen máscaras, pero sí pedimos que los huéspedes que no estén completamente vacunados continúen usando una máscara por la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad.

Fresh2You Mobile Market is Open for the Season

 

 

Shop Fresh2You June 8 – November 19, 2021

We are excited for a fresh new season of our Fresh2You Mobile Market! We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and connecting with new friends at weekly market stops.

We are thrilled to see how far we have come in this pandemic after so much uncertainty throughout last year’s season.  Fresh2You Mobile Market will not require that masks be worn by fully vaccinated guests, staff, and volunteers but we do ask that guests that are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask for the health and safety of our community.

We will have host pop-up markets throughout the season so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see where Fresh2You is popping up.  We are excited that our Taste It! volunteers will return to most of the markets sampling weekly recipe demonstrations.

2021 Fresh2You Schedule: June 8 – November 19

** Fresh2You Mobile Market is taking a mid-season break this week (August 31 – September 6, Labor Day) so we can come back strong for the last few months of the season (market ends Nov. 19th). We will resume our regular schedule next week. You can also shop using your Veggie Bucks at our Veggie Bucks Partners. See the list below for schedule and partners. **

Market schedule is subject to change. Check back here or follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates. Feel free to email us at fresh2you@chestercountyfoodbank.org with questions. Weather cancellations are posted on Facebook and Instagram, or text “WeatherF2Y” to 66599

Below the schedule is a list of local farmers markets, farm stands and local retailers that accept Veggie Bucks as a form of payment.

 

** Fresh2You Mobile Market is taking a mid-season break this week (August 31 – September 6, Labor Day) so we can come back strong for the last few months of the season (market ends Nov. 19th). We will resume our regular schedule next week. You can also shop using your Veggie Bucks at our Veggie Bucks Partners. See the list below for schedules and partners. **

TUESDAYS

2:30 – 4:30p
Coventry Mall
(by the food court entrance)
351 W. Schuylkill Rd., Pottstown

 

WEDNESDAYS 

10am – Noon
Phoenixville Senior Center
153 Church St., Phoenixville

2:30 – 4:30p
M&T Bank – Honey Brook
4711 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook

 

THURSDAYS 

11am – 1pm
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Coatesville
(campus is open to the public)

2:30 – 4:30p
Coatesville 3rd Ave.
301 Lincoln Hwy East, Coatesville

 

FRIDAYS | 10am – Noon

Oxford Library
48 S. 2nd St., Oxford

 

Senior Living Circuit

FRIDAYS | 10am – Noon | Senior Living Circuit
Open to everyone to shop at these locations

 

Brandywine Valley Active Aging – Coatesville Campus
250 Harmony St.
June 11, July 9
First Friday | August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5

 

French Creek Manor
501 Mason St., Phoenixville
June 18, July 16
Second Friday | August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12

 

Westminster Place Parkesburg
320 W. 1st Ave.
June 25, July 23,
Third Friday | August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19

 

Whitehall Apartments
3795 Schuylkill Rd., Spring City
July 2, July 30
Fourth Friday | August 27, September 24, October 22

 

Veggie Bucks Partners

Fresh2You accepts all forms of payment, including cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT and WIC or Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. For customers shopping with SNAP/EBT or FMNP, Fresh2You can stretch your food budget by offering matching dollars in the form of Veggie Bucks.  These can be used on any future purchases of fruits and vegetables during the Fresh2You season! Veggie Bucks can be redeemed at any Fresh2You Market and at these locations for fruits and vegetables:

Downingtown Farmers Market
28 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Kerr Park
Saturdays | 9:00 am – Noon
* This market also accepts SNAP

Eagleview Farmers Market
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
Parking lot above the community garden
Thursdays | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
* This market also accepts SNAP

Malvern Farmers Market
Burke Park at Warren Ave. and Roberts Rd.
Saturdays | 9:00 am – Noon
* This market also accepts SNAP

Kings Sweet Corn & Produce
2849 Lower Valley Rd., Parkesburg
Monday – Saturday | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Find them as a vendor at:
Kennett Square Farmers Market
401 Birch St.
Fridays | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

West Chester Cooperative
142 E. Market St., West Chester
Tuesdays | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Fresh2You Mobile Market asks guests that are not fully vaccinated please continue to wear a mask for the health and safety of our community. 

Honor Mom with a Gift of Hope ❤

 

Hooray for MOMS!  For the moms, grandmas, nanas, godmothers, foster moms, bonus moms, aunts, wives, sisters, friends, neighbors, mentors… ALL the women who give and love with a mother’s heart!

This Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 9) honor someone special by making a gift in their honor to the Chester County Food Bank.  As a token of our appreciation for your donation of $50, we will send a special collection of twelve notecards (four each of three designs) to your loved one.

Your support helps our neighbors struggling to put food on the table. Your donation feeds hope ❤ Mama would be proud.

Notecard collection includes: (12) 3.5 in. x 5 in. postcard style cards. Four each of three designs plus envelopes and a sticker. 

 

We cannot guarantee the arrival of the notecards in time for Mother’s Day, however, we can send an email telling them that a gift has been made in their honor and to expect a little something in the mail. (Be sure to click the box to ‘notify the following person of my gift’ to complete the form for the recipient’s address. If you would like for us to email your recipient, put their email address in the box below address.) Recipients are notified of gift made in their honor but are not alerted to the amount.

If you are local, you can pick up the notecards at our location in Exton. Please email Terry at tscholl@chestercountyfoodbank.org if you would like to schedule an in-person pickup.