Chester County is rich in many ways but those living at the poverty level or below are often in need of basic social services. From food support to finding affordable housing in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States is a challenge for over 50,000 residents. Our nonprofit community partner’s work with us as community resource centers providing food, shelter, counseling, rental assistance, medical care, childcare, after school programming and much more. The links between food insecurity, poverty and sense of self-worth are clear.
The Food Bank’s role as the central hunger relief organization supports our network of community partners who provide gateway services, including health, housing, and employment. Through their direct contact with clients, our member agencies and community partners act as advocates for those they serve, providing the Chester County Food Bank with insight on how we can better support and serve their communities. Together, we have a direct impact on the lives of our neighbors in need.
If you are in need of social services besides food assistance call or visit 2-1-1, a regional social services hotline, to find human and social service resources in your neighborhood. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-964-7922 seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to be connected to a 2-1-1 SEPA Information and Referral Specialist. Calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in over 140 languages. You can also view the Department of Human Services Community Resource Guide for assistance in finding social services such as health, basic needs, mental health and drug & alcohol treatment.