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For Too Many Kids, Summer Means Hunger

Summer should be a time for fun in the sun, barbeques, and vacations. However, for over 18,000 students in Chester County, summer means the uncertainty of a daily meal since school is out of session. The Chester County Food Bank is desperately low on food donations. Donations are critical to helping us serve our network throughout Chester County. 

We are asking for your help now to combat summer food scarcity for students and families. When children are not in school during the summer months, they lose their access to free breakfast and lunches. They turn to their local food cupboards for help. Please consider hosting a food or fund drive within your school, church, neighborhood, or employer during the month of June so we can keep our Chester County kids fed during these summer months.

FOOD DRIVES are a powerful connector for the communities that we serve. The items from your food drive will be sent to our network of more than 160 member agencies and organizations, such as food cupboards, meal sites, and direct service partners.  Your donation will help feed neighbors in our community who are struggling to put food on the table. When possible, please donate items that are whole grain, no/low sugar/sodium and without high fructose corn syrup. We also ask that you not donate expired food items or items in glass jars. Check out our food drive toolkit for how to get started and to register 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 located at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton.

VIRTUAL FOOD & FUND DRIVES are equally as important to our mission to ensure access to real, healthy food and are used to leverage our bulk buying power. Increase the impact of your food drive by supplementing your food collection with a fund drive. Virtual Food Drives are also a great (and easy) way to make an impact, even if you have a busy summer or work with a remote team. Get started with your Virtual Food Drive here.

With your help, we can ensure access to real, healthy food for children and families in our community. Every donation matters, and you can make a significant impact on the lives of those in need. Together, we can keep hunger at bay this summer!

If you are in need of food assistance, visit the Food Finder on our website to find a food pantry near you. You can also call us at 610-873-6000 and we can help connect you with food resources.