Giving is your opportunity to be a part of making a difference in our community. There are many ways that you can get involved. Read below to see what you can do to help our neighbors struggling with food insecurity.
COVID-19 Update: No volunteers through end of March.
Updated March 18, 2020
The Chester County Food Bank, with critical guidance from our health and public safety partners, has made the very difficult decision to stop all volunteer activities through the end of March. We will reassess this decision (and others regarding operations) at the end of the month.
Please monitor our website and social media accounts for changes. As we learn more about the spread of COVID-19 in our area, seemingly by the hour, we, too, are adjusting and adapting. This is new territory for us all, but we feel grateful to be in it together.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Chester County Food Bank. From individuals to corporations, each person and every volunteered hour makes an impact on our mission. Whether you want to dig in at one of our partnering farms or gardens, be an ambassador at community events, be hands on in our commercial kitchen, or assist the office team, we’d love to have you or your group volunteer with us! Volunteer opportunities are available year round, however, our need does vary based on season, weather, inventory and program schedules. Check out our Volunteer FAQ.
Click the button below to view available volunteer opportunities and register for a volunteer shift. You must be registered in order to volunteer. Walk-ins can not be accommodated.
VOLUNTEER GROUPS | CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS
We regularly schedule group workdays (5-20 volunteers) on our farms or at our Exton facility. Please email Lauren Van Dyk, Volunteer Coordinator, with three potential dates, your preferred location (farm or warehouse), the approximate size of your group and your group coordinator’s contact information.
COURT ORDERED VOLUNTEERS
Anyone who need to complete court ordered community service hours must read our policies and procedures and complete the court ordered service application. Send your completed application to our Volunteer Coordinator and request a pre-volunteering interview.
BE A TASTE IT! VOLUNTEER
Are you looking for a fun, interactive way to use your passion for food and cooking? Volunteering with our Fresh2You Mobile Market allows you to use these skills while getting involved in your community. We are looking for dedicated Taste It! volunteers for each of our market locations to lead weekly recipe demonstrations. By engaging with customers, Taste It! encourages customers to sample new recipes featuring fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If you’re interested in this fun and rewarding opportunity to be a part of your community, please sign up here.
HOST A FOOD DRIVE
Donated food is an integral part of our work to serve our Chester County neighbors that are struggling with food insecurity and hunger. Food drives are always needed especially through the winter and summer months. Visit How to Get Started to learn more about hosting a food drive. Delivery of large food drives should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance by emailing email@example.com, or calling us at 610-873-6000.
Every pound of donated food makes a difference. Smaller donations such as a bag of groceries from your recent shopping trip or food in lieu of gifts from a birthday party can be delivered to our facility during our receiving hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 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.
HOST AN EVENT
From bake sales to basket raffles, organized walks to fairs, committed individuals and groups are coming together to raise funds for the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB) to support our mission to ensure access to real, healthy food for neighbors struggling with food insecurity. Referred to as “Third Party Events”, these are independent fundraisers that schools, organizations, businesses or other groups organize and run to help raise funds for CCFB. If you are interested in hosting a third-party event, please contact Anne Shuniak, Marketing & Communications Manager by email or call 610-873-6000 x103.
Your financial contribution helps us to serve our Chester County neighbors that struggle with hunger and food insecurity. Monetary donations allow us to purchase bulk food and fresh produce as well as support our innovative programs to address the root causes of hunger through advocacy and education.
COLOR SOME KINDNESS
We offer an opportunity for people to decorate cardboard boxes used for our Senior Food Boxes to help brighten the recipient’s day when they receive it. All ages are welcome to participate, but this is a great service opportunity for children who are not old enough for our other volunteer opportunities.
Boxes can be picked up by request from our facility and returned within two weeks (depending on availability. maximum 50). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this activity.
TALK ABOUT US / BE AN AMBASSADOR
- Help bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity in our community by talking about the Chester County Food Bank with your friends & family.
- Visit us to tour the Food Bank or request a speaker to come to your business or group.
- Contact your local legislator to talk about government hunger-relief programs, urge them to get involved and tour the Chester County Food Bank.
TOUR THE FOOD BANK
The Chester County Food Bank offers tours of our facility located in the Eagleview Corporate Center in Exton (650 Pennsylvania Dr.). Interested individuals, corporate, community or school groups will learn more about the Food Bank and how hunger and food insecurity affect our community here in Chester County. Visit Tour the Food Bank to schedule your visit.
REQUEST A SPEAKER
We appreciate the opportunity to speak to your business or organization about the Chester County Food Bank. A knowledgeable staff member will discuss the realities of hunger in Chester County, our work to provide food access to those struggling with food insecurity and how you can get involved to help those in need in our community.
To request a speaker, please email us with your name, organization, event date/time and location. Please submit requests at least two weeks prior to your event. We will do our best to accommodate your date but appreciate your flexibility. Your speaker request is not confirmed until you are contacted by a staff member.
MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS
We partner with Meals on Wheels of Chester County to provide healthy balanced meals for home-bound seniors. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals and provide a friendly visit to a senior. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver meals, please visit Meals on Wheels’ website. (Delivering volunteers are organized through Meals on Wheels and NOT the Food Bank.)