Food Drives

Food and fund drives are welcome throughout the year, raise awareness and educate others about the need for hunger relief in Chester County. There is an increase in the number of people going to cupboards and social service agencies for assistance, but may not qualify for SNAP (food stamps) or other government nutrition assistance programs. Donated food from the community enables us and our partner agencies to provide food to anyone in need. (Please note that we cannot accept expired, homemade or items in glass.)

By hosting a food drive, your coordinated efforts provide our member agencies with nutritious, high quality food so they can serve our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. Pantry staples needed throughout the year may vary, but these are our most requested, no matter the season… pasta & rice, canned fruit & vegetables, canned tuna & chicken, peanut butter, healthy cereal & oatmeal. This is only a starting point and encourage a variety of donations.

We have made it simple to run your own successful Food Drive by simply following our Food Drive Toolkit. Check out the tools in the kit to find out how!

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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 a 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.

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 Food Bank logo in promoting your event.

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.

5. Delivering your 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 the Chester County Food Bank. – Please schedule your delivery at least 48 hours in advance by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, or calling us at 610-873-6000. – The Food Bank is located at 650 Pennsylvania Dr., in Exton (Eagleview Corporate Center). – Warehouse hours are Monday – Friday 8a-4p.

If you have collected in excess of two standard truckloads of food and are unable to donate the transportation for your food drive, we can coordinate with you to pick up your donation, depending on the availability of our transportation department. Monetary donations must be delivered or mailed to the Food Bank. Our drivers cannot transport financial donations. Please contact Claudia Rose-Muir, Food Drive & Procurement Coordinator at 610-873-6000 x109 or food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, to make arrangements regarding transport of your food drive.

How do 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)
  • Will the food drive be open to the public?
  • 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.)

Do you provide boxes for my food drive?
The 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.

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.

How do I schedule a delivery and/or pickup of my food drive?
We appreciate it when food can be dropped off at our warehouse. 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 your delivery at least 48 hours in advance by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org or calling us at 610-873-6000.
  • The Food Bank is located at 650 Pennsylvania Dr., in Exton (Eagleview Corporate Center).
  • Warehouse hours are Monday – Friday 8a-4p.

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 can coordinate with you to pick up your donation, depending on the availability of our transportation department. Monetary donations must be delivered or mailed to the Food Bank. Our drivers cannot transport financial donations. Please contact Claudia Rose-Muir, Food Sourcing Manager at 610-873-6000 x109 or food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, to make arrangements regarding transport of your food drive.

What food items should people donate?
The Food Bank always needs a variety of nonperishable goods, such as canned tuna, canned chicken, canned fruit, peanut butter, beans and cereal. Click here for a printable (8.5 x14) flyer of our most needed food items. We cannot accept home-made goods, glass jars, or expired food.

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. The Food Bank prefers to receive food items only. However, many of our partners do appreciate non-food donations such as school supplies and personal care items.  Use our provider map to find an agency near you to contact about non-food donations.  Unsure of the best agency to call? Contact us and we can connect you to the right agency to accept your non-food donation.

When should I host a food drive?
Anytime! People face hunger and food insecurity every day of the year. 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 120 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! To assure that all donations are counted toward your food drive goal, please include your name, company or group name. Monetary donations can be made online, 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

Please note, if we are picking up your food drive, monetary donations must be delivered or mailed to the Food Bank. Our drivers cannot transport financial donations.

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 receipt for tax purposes and to share the news with your group.

Most Needed Food Items (PDF)
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Winter Food Drive (PDF)

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If you create your own food drive flyer please include our logo.
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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. During our receiving hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. please bring food donations to our warehouse loading dock entrance where you can pull directly in and will be assisted unloading your vehicle. Please schedule the delivery of your food drive at least 48 hours in advance by emailing food@chestercountyfoodbank.org, or calling us at 610-873-6000.

 

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)
  • Will the food drive be open to the public?
  • 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. Please see Delivery Details in the toolkit above.)