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Food Drives

Your support is needed now more than ever! If you would like to donate food please consider hosting a virtual food drive or team fundraiser along with your traditional food donation.  Every dollar donated to your virtual food drive will go 5x as far thanks to our wholesale buying power. Your virtual food drive or team fundraiser can help us purchase the most needed foods to create emergency food boxes and 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.

If you choose to donate food, please deliver to our facility in Exton, Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm See our toolkits options below for our most needed items and more.

Consider including non-food items that are not able to be purchased using SNAP (food stamps). Among the everyday grocery items you can not purchase using SNAP are: personal hygiene (e.g. deodorant/toothpaste), feminine hygiene (e.g. tampons/pads), diapers, paper products, and cleaning/household supplies.

For questions about food donations please email food@chestercountyfoodbank.org or call 610-873-6000 (option 5).  Upon arrival, please follow signage posted at our warehouse entrance at the back of the building.

Host Virtual Food Drive

 

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1. Create a plan for your food drive
Decide if you will collect food, funds, or both. Setting a goal and time frame helps add energy and a sense of urgency to your drive. Make it fun and consider competition between your groups, departments, or classes to collect the most pounds or number of boxes/cans as well as money collected. Our food drive toolkit has ideas for themes as well as a list of our most needed food items. Consider hosting a virtual food drive or team fundraiser along with your traditional food drive. Please keep in mind that we prefer items that are not in glass! 

2. Arrange your food drive supplies
The Food Bank does not supply collection bins/boxes. Copy paper boxes and plastic totes work well for most organizations. Use our printable flyers and posters to promote your food drive or create your own; we ask that you include the CCFB logo in promoting your event. You can download our logo from the toolkit below. Reminder:  Please no glass!

3. Promote your food drive
Distribute flyers, send emails, post to your website and announce on social media that you are hosting a food drive for the Chester County Food Bank. Don’t forget to take pictures during your food drive. Be sure to tag us! (Facebook: CCFoodBank – Twitter: ccfoodbank – Instagram: #chestercountyfoodbank #ccfb). You can also email pictures to food@chestercountyfoodbank.org.

4. Get everyone involved
From management to staff, customers to vendors, get everyone on board with the collection that you are doing for the Chester County Food Bank. Consider a match program where you or your company will match what is collected in pounds with a cash donation or equivalent pounds. Incorporate a volunteer day with your food drive. Hosting a virtual food drive or team fundraiser along with your traditional food drive is a great way to get remote team members involved.

5. Delivering your food drive
Transportation is a significant cost for the Chester County Food Bank and it is challenging to arrange food drive pick-ups around our daily scheduled food deliveries to member agencies. We encourage you to bring your donation directly to CCFB. – Please schedule large deliveries (500 lbs+) at least 24 hours in advance by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, or calling us at 610-873-6000 x110. – The Food Bank is located at 650 Pennsylvania Dr., in Exton (Eagleview Corporate Center). – Warehouse hours are Monday – Friday 8a-5p.

If you have collected in excess of two standard truckloads of food and are unable to donate the transportation for your food drive, we may be able to coordinate with you to pick up your donation, depending on the availability of our transportation department. We cannot pick up from a private residence. Monetary donations must be delivered or mailed to the Food Bank. Our drivers cannot transport financial donations. Please contact 610-873-6000 x109 or food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, to make arrangements regarding the transport of your food drive.

Should I register my food drive?
It is helpful to us to know where in our community food drives are being held throughout the year. Register your food drive by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org. Please indicate:

  • Start/end date for your food drive
  • Type of Food Drive (Individual, Business/Organization, Community Event)
  • Date of Delivery of food drive to the Food Bank
    (Due to limited resources, we ask that you include delivery of the food drive as part of your donation.)
  • Are you hosting a virtual food drive/virtual fundraiser along with your drive?

Do you provide boxes for my food drive?
The Chester County Food Bank does not supply collection bins/boxes. Copy paper boxes and plastic totes work well for most organizations. If using plastic totes/bins, you can take them with you after your delivery and weigh-in at the Food Bank. Please keep in mind that we prefer to NOT receive items that are in glass.

How long should my food drive last?
The Food Bank has no restrictions on how long or short your food drive should last, but two weeks is a good place to start. This will allow your group to reach your goal without stretching out the date too long. Consider hosting a virtual food drive or team fundraiser along with your traditional food drive so that any of your remote team members can get involved.

How do I schedule the delivery of my food drive?
Transportation is a significant cost for the Food Bank and it is challenging to arrange food drive pick-ups around our daily scheduled food deliveries to member agencies. We encourage you to bring your donation directly to us.

  • Please schedule large deliveries (500 lbs +) at least 24 hours in advance by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org or calling us at 610-873-6000 x110.
  • The Food Bank is located at 650 Pennsylvania Dr., in Exton (Eagleview Corporate Center).
  • Warehouse hours are Monday – Friday 8a-5p.
  • Reminder: Please no glass!

I collected over a TON (2,000 lbs) of food. Can you help with delivery?
If you have collected in excess of two standard truckloads of food and are unable to donate the transportation for your food drive, we may be able to coordinate with you to pick up your donation, depending on the availability of our transportation department. We cannot pick up from a private residence. Monetary donations must be delivered or mailed to the Food Bank. Our drivers cannot transport financial donations. Please contact 610-873-6000 x109 or food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, to make arrangements regarding the transport of your food drive.

What food items should I collect for my food drive?
The Food Bank always needs a variety of nonperishable goods, such as canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit (in juice), peanut butter, beans (canned/dried), pop-top ready-to-eat meals, and cereal. Click here for a printable (8.5 x14) flyer of our most needed food items. Food drives are most successful if you focus on one or two items. For example, focus your collection on canned soup or have a ‘spaghetti dinner’ theme collecting pasta and sauce. Keep in mind we cannot accept homemade goods, glass jars, or expired food. Please keep in mind that we prefer to NOT receive items that are in glass. 

Do you accept perishable food items?
Yes, thanks to our 4,250 sq. ft. of commercial refrigeration and freezer space.  Please remember that fresh food spoils quickly so we need to receive it at its peak freshness. Food drives for frozen turkeys or hams are always appreciated especially during Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

Do you accept non-food & personal care items?
We do our best work to focus on distributing food to our agency and community partners. However, many of our partners do appreciate non-food donations, especially items that are not covered by using SNAP (food stamps).  Among the everyday grocery items you can not purchase using SNAP are personal hygiene (e.g. deodorant/toothpaste), feminine hygiene (e.g. tampons/pads), diapers, paper products, and cleaning/household supplies.

When should I host a food drive?
Anytime! Unfortunately, hunger lives in our communities every day. Although many food drives take place during the holidays, we encourage groups to host food drives throughout the year in order to keep our warehouse shelves well-stocked.

Where do my food donations go?
Your food drive along with all of the food we source is distributed through our network of over 160 food cupboards and social service agencies so they can serve those in need in our community.

Can I donate/collect money as part of my food drive?
Yes! We even have an online platform so you can easily host a virtual food drive or team fundraiser. If you are collecting funds outside of the online platform, be sure to include your name, company, or group name along with the funds when delivering your food drive. Monetary donations can also be made on our website dropped off along with your food drive, or mailed to:

Chester County Food Bank
Attn: Food and Fund Drives
650 Pennsylvania Dr.
Exton, PA 19380

Can I receive a tax donation receipt for my food drive?
Part of the excitement of delivering your food drive is seeing how many pounds you collected! All food donations are weighed in as part of our inventory management. After weigh-in, we will give you a receipt for tax purposes and share the news with your group.

 

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Most Needed Items (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download our logo
If you create your own food drive flyer please include our logo.
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We focus on providing the most nutritious food to those we serve. With concerns about rising rates of obesity, food banks are increasingly aware of the need to improve the nutritional quality of charitable food. The list below represents our highest food priorities so we can provide the most nutritious food to those that we serve. We ask that you help us to provide items with the most nutritional value by donating food items that are whole grain, low sodium/sugar, and do not contain high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats, or partially hydrogenated oils.  All items should be recently purchased (not expired). We are unable to accept homemade food items. We prefer that items not be packaged in glass. Please contact food@chestercountyfoodbank.org or call 610-873-6000 x109 with questions. Consider hosting a virtual food drive or team fundraiser along with your traditional food drive.

MOST NEEDED FOOD ITEMS

TOP 5 most needed

  • Rice & Rice Packs (ready-to-eat, easy tear packages appreciated)
  • Beans (dried/canned), especially black beans
  • Salsa
  • Canned Tuna, Salmon & Chicken
  • Cooking Oils (Olive & Canola)

 

Other Greatly Needed Items

  • Cereal whole grain
  • Pasta
  • Crackers whole grain
  • Peanut Butter (no high fructose corn syrup, look for the brown lid 🙂
  • Granola / Breakfast Bars
  • Dried / Canned Fruits in juice
  • Hearty soups/stews (preferably pull-top)
  • Condiments, Dressings
  • Herbs & Spices

***low-sodium, low-sugar, no high fructose corn syrup when possible***

PLEASE NO GLASS OR EXPIRED ITEMS!

Consider including non-food items that are not able to be purchased using SNAP (food stamps).
Among the everyday grocery items, you can not purchase using SNAP are:

  • personal hygiene (e.g. deodorant/toothpaste)
  • feminine hygiene (e.g. tampons/pads)
  • diapers
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels/tissues
  • cleaning supplies
  • paper plates/cups

Please consider delivery to our warehouse as part of your food donation (click here for directions). We are located at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton, PA. Food pick-up becomes cost-prohibitive to us when the amount of food collected fits in a standard passenger vehicle in addition to our increased delivery schedule due to our Covid-19 response efforts. Please bring food donations to our warehouse loading dock entrance where you can pull directly in and will be assisted in unloading your vehicle. Please schedule large deliveries (500 lbs. +) at least 24 hours in advance by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, or calling us at 610-873-6000 x109. Food donations left after hours will have to be disposed of for safety precautions.

Hours for Delivering Food Donations & Food Drives:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

If donating fresh produce please try to donate earlier in the week so we can process it and distribute it at its freshest. Check out our garden resources for harvesting best tips.

 

SPRING/SUMMER HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Friday, April 15th – closed
Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) – Closed
Monday, June 20th – Closed
Monday, July 4th – Closed
Monday, September 5th (Labor Day) – Closed

 

 

 

Ready to Get Started?

Be sure to register your food drive by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org. Please indicate:

  • Start/end date for your food drive
  • Type of Food Drive (Individual, Business/Organization, Community Event)
  • Date of Delivery of food drive to the Food Bank. (Food donation times: Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm)
  • Are you hosting a virtual food drive/virtual fundraiser along with your drive?
  • REMINDER: Please no glass!

*(Due to limited resources, we ask that you include delivery of the food drive as part of your donation. Please see Delivery Details in the toolkit above.)

Questions? Call 610-873-6000 (option 5).