Using money from grants, donations, and virtual food drives, the Chester County Food Bank purchases approximately 42% of its total fresh and non-perishable food inventory. Through a network of wholesalers, farmers, and the food industry, we seek out the highest quality food products at the most cost-effective price. For every $1 we receive, we can buy $3-4 worth of food. Our food purchasing complements the results obtained through food and fund drives as well as government funding which is then distributed to our partner food cupboards and agencies.
We extend our purchasing power to obtain fresh food at auction and from local farms. From late June through November we go to farmers’ produce auctions which enables us to buy bulk quantity of local vegetables and fruits at wholesale prices. With our high volume purchasing, we will average a cost of 25 cents per pound at auction.