We are encouraging all agencies to remain open and follow all Chester County Health Department guidelines, including those for social distancing. The distribution of food to agencies is continuing with little disruption, and agencies are serving families and individuals seeking food assistance. We suggest calling an agency prior to visiting to confirm their hours.
The Food Bank relies on our member agencies to distribute food directly to those in need. With over 160 member agencies — ranging from pantries and shelters to faith-based organizations and schools — the Food Bank is able to quickly and efficiently get food into the hands of those in Chester County struggling with hunger and food insecurity.
We not only provide each agency with nutritious shelf stable and fresh foods, we also host quarterly food provider meetings for continuing education, best practices and to share their needs and successes.
Are you in need of food assistance?
To receive food assistance, use the map above to contact your local agency during its listed business hours. All listed agencies are open to the public. If you are unsure of the cupboard closest to you, call the Food Bank at 610-873-6000 and we can help you identify a hunger relief agency that serves your part of town.
In addition to support from a local food cupboard, you may also be eligible for SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program). Those who are SNAP eligible receive an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) ACCESS Card to make food purchases. The Hunger Coalition helps thousands of residents apply for SNAP through their SNAP Hotline. Residents of Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia counties can apply for SNAP benefits through their SNAP Hotline by calling 215-430-0556. Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from approved farmers in Pennsylvania. The Chester County Food Bank’s Fresh2You Mobile Market is approved by the State to redeem SFMNP.
Seniors who are 60+ years old during the program year or will turn 60 by December 31 of the program year and meet the income requirements are eligible for SFMNP. The SFMNP does not include seniors who are living in nursing home facilities, convents, and residential facilities where meals are provided. Questions about SFMNP please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
National School Lunch Program (Free & Reduced Price School Meals)
In addition to support from a local food cupboard, school age children in your home may also be eligible for a free or reduced price school meal. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. You can find the PA Household Application here (en español). All household applications must be returned to your child’s school for processing.
Other Community Resources
If you are in need of other social services call or visit online 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 Chester County Community Resource Directory or call Department of Human Services 610-344-6640.
If you are interested in becoming a member agency, please contact Laura Bender, Agency Relations Manager
Member agencies can access information in the agency zone here.
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