We are open and keeping health & safety as our top priority.
The Chester County Food Bank provides an essential service to the community and we will continue to do so taking the recommended COVID-19 precautionary measures for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, partners and the community. CCFB is a partner with the Chester County Health Department and will continue to follow their recommendations as the authority on this situation.
Chester County Food Bank has increased cleaning frequency, especially around areas of high traffic (volunteer areas, meeting rooms, bathrooms, food areas). We encourage everyone to follow these best practices to help keep yourself and others healthy. Please refer to the Chester County Health Department for the latest updates.
We realize that the situation today may be different next week or even tomorrow, and any changes will be communicated. We are working with our partner member agencies and food cupboards throughout the county to best serve our neighbors now and planning for ways to meet the increased needs as the situation potentially escalates. We will continue to monitor the situation and work with the Chester County Health Department to follow official recommendations.
How Can You Help?
Monetary donations will make the biggest impact. In an effort to meet the needs of our community, we are focusing on emergency distribution, including senior and emergency food boxes. Our buying power enables us to stretch your dollars so we can feed more people. Give today or consider making a monthly gift to sustain your giving for the months ahead.
SHOULD I DONATE FOOD?
Updated March 27, 2020
We are grateful for the support of the community and your concern for those in need. Your support is needed now more than ever but please, consider making a monetary donation instead of a traditional food donation. Food from food drives has been touched by numerous people – from the store clerks, to customers, to you and your family – then once the food is at the Food Bank it must be sorted and boxed – a task we cannot do right now in observation of limited crowd size and social distancing.
Rather than bringing people together in person or encouraging them to go out shopping for a traditional food drive, we are asking for people to make a monetary donation. Your financial gift enables us to purchase the most needed foods to create emergency food boxes but also provide fresh fruits and vegetables to help the many people across Chester County that have been severely impacted by missed work, increased childcare expenses, and uncovered medical bills.
CAN I VOLUNTEER?
Updated March 18, 2020
The Chester County Food Bank, with critical guidance from our health and public safety partners, has made the very difficult decision to stop all volunteer activities through the end of March. We will reassess this decision (and others regarding operations) at the end of the month.
Please monitor our website and social media accounts for changes. As we learn more about the spread of COVID-19 in our area, seemingly by the hour, we, too, are adjusting and adapting. This is new territory for us all, but we feel grateful to be in it together.
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Thanks to our many partners and the community, we are able to mobilize quickly to address the food access of our community during this unprecedented situation. As new needs become apparent to us, we will communicate via social media and our website on how you can help.
Thank you, be safe and keep an open heart.