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For Too Many Kids, Summer Means Hunger

The end of the school year is fast approaching and for over 18,000  students in Chester County that means the uncertainty of a daily meal since school will be out of session.  Help the Chester County Food Bank to fill the shelves for neighbors in need by hosting a Summer Food Drive.

The Chester County Food Bank is reaching unprecedently low numbers in food donations. Donations are critical to helping us serve our network of community agencies throughout Chester County. We are asking for your help now to specifically combat summer food scarcity for students. 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 May 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 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. Download the Summer Food Drive Flyer here (or here for a flyer for your own message). Check out our food drive toolkit for how to get started.

FUND DRIVES (monetary donations) 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 drive with a fund drive. Checks can be made payable to Chester County Food Bank, give to our online Summer Food Drive or use our online tool for hosting your own virtual 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 which is located at 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton. Please schedule large deliveries (500 lbs+ / approximately 2 cars full or a large SUV/truck) at least 24 hours in advance by emailing, or calling 610-873-6000 x126.

Please help make sure no child in Chester County goes hungry this summer.