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Free Paper-Shredding Event & Food Drive

Hosted by State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten and CCFB on April 20th

State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, and the Chester County Food Bank have partnered to host a Free Paper-Only Shred Event and Food Drive on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Chester County Food Bank, 650 Pennsylvania Dr. in Exton. The paper shredding is free, but the community is encouraged to bring food donations for the Food Bank.

The shred event provides an opportunity for members of the community to safely dispose of documents containing personal information, thereby protecting them from potential identity theft. The food drive will benefit the Chester County Food Bank in their mission of fighting food insecurity and building support for neighbors in need. The two events will take place simultaneously.

“Shred events like this are an essential service to our community,” Otten said. “With tax season wrapping up and spring cleaning underway, we often hear from our neighbors here in the 155th Legislative District that they value these opportunities to safely and securely dispose of and recycle their financial paperwork and other sensitive documents. I look forward to partnering with the Chester County Food Bank on this joint event to help prevent identity theft, promote sustainability, and increase donations to the food bank during a challenging time of year for food collection.”

Each car will be limited to four file-size boxes for the paper shredding at this rain or shine event. Small paper clips and staples are OK, but no binder clips, binders, or cardboard. Drivers are asked to remain in their cars and open their trunk. Staff members and Food Bank volunteers will unload documents from the car, and the materials will be immediately shredded on-site. Bags and boxes will be returned to the car after they are emptied.

“We are grateful for Rep. Friel Otten’s partnership in hosting this event, said Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank. “While securely disposing of documents is important, so is ensuring our neighbors have access to nutritious food. It is community partnerships like this that are integral in our vision of a food secure Chester County.”

This paper shredding is for individuals only, not businesses, and is first come, first served. When the truck is full, the shredding event will end. Food donations will be accepted until 3 PM. The Food Bank will also have a Pop Up Coloring Station at the event for people to decorate a box for Senior Grocery Boxes. Supplies will be provided, just bring your kindness and creativity.

For questions about the shredding event please contact James Strine, House Democratic Communications Office. For questions about the Food Drive visit the Food Bank’s Food Drive Toolkit or call 610-873-6000.

Learn more about how you can get involved with the Chester County Food Bank. Check out opportunities or sign up for our Monthly Scoop newsletter.

The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 160 food cupboards, meal sites, and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We take a steadfast approach to provide food and build support in the neediest communities while raising awareness and engagement among our community.