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A Message from CCFB about COVID-19

Posted on March 12, 2020 by

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.

Are You in Need of Food Assistance?

CCFB and our partner food cupboards/agencies are open and here to help. To the best of our knowledge, this list of programs is up to date. Due to current health concerns, always call to confirm hours of operation.  If you need further assistance, please call us at 610-873-6000 extension 123 and we are happy to assist you. You can view additional resources here.

How Can You Help?

DONATE MONEY

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.

 

CAN I DONATE FOOD / HOST A FOOD DRIVE?

Updated May 20, 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 hosting a virtual food drive or 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.  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.

We have partnered with the YMCA of Greater Brandywine in a collaborative effort to collect and distribute food. Read more here about the YMCA’s food donation partnership.

If you prefer to bring your donation to the Food Bank, we ask that you deliver food donations Monday – Thursday 1:00p – 4:00p.
For questions about food donations please contact food@chestercountyfoodbank.org

Host Virtual Food Drive

 

 

 

 

CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Updated May 8, 2020
The Chester County Food Bank will begin to gradually welcome healthy volunteers back to join us over the coming weeks.

Please have patience as we work to find the safest and most efficient way to begin working with volunteers again. We can’t wait to see you, but we will continue to keep everyone’s health and safety our top priority. ALL volunteers are expected to self-screen before reporting to your scheduled volunteer shift.  Find our available opportunities, volunteer registration, and COVID-19 protocols here or the Sign Up button below.

Please monitor our website, Facebook or Instagram for updates. As we learn more about COVID-19 in our area, we, too, are adjusting and adapting. This is new territory for us all, but we feel grateful to be in it together.

 

CAN I DONATE PRODUCE FROM MY GARDEN?

Updated May 21, 2020

We welcome home gardeners to grow a row and donate produce to the Food Bank or your local food cupboard. Please review best practices for harvesting and donating.

Please see our modified produce donation procedure due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

 

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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.

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