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: All On-Site Volunteers Must Be Vaccinated.
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 9, 2021 all on-site volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated volunteers may continue to help outdoors at the Farms or Gardens with masks and social distancing.
Please have patience as we implement protocols for the safety of staff, volunteers, and the community. We continue to monitor COVID-19 trends and local updates closely and we will continue to adjust CCFB policies accordingly. While we generally follow CDC, PA Dept. of Health, and Chester County Health Dept. guidelines – please note that we may enforce additional/stricter policies internally in an effort to be proactive about protecting our “bubble”.
The number of volunteer spots are limited so that we can provide sufficient social distancing. ALL volunteers are expected to self-screen before reporting to their scheduled volunteer shift and will be screened upon arrival for their as well. Find our available opportunities, volunteer registration, and COVID-19 protocols here or the Sign Up button below. Please monitor our website, Facebook or Instagram for updates.
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.
DONATE FOOD / HOST A FOOD DRIVE
We are grateful for the support of the community and your concern for those in need. Your support is needed now more than ever but please, consider hosting a virtual food drive instead or in conjunction with a traditional food donation. You can also give to our Sunshine Box Drive (emergency food box). We are grateful for the support of the community and your concern for those in need.
Items from food drives must be sorted and boxed – a task we cannot do regularly right now in observation of limited crowd size, social distancing and the increase demand for packing our Sunshine Boxes (our food boxes creates in response to the pandemic). By hosting a virtual food drive you can help us to purchase the most needed foods to create emergency food boxes but also provide fresh fruits and vegetables to help the many people across Chester County that have been severely impacted by missed work, increased childcare expenses, and uncovered medical bills.
If you choose to donate food, please deliver to our facility in Exton, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00a – 4:00p or Tuesday/Friday 8:00am – Noon. Read more about our most needed items here. For questions about food donations please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-873-6000 ext. 109. At arrival, please wear a mask and follow signage posted at our warehouse entrance at the back of the building.
Read more about our COVID-19 response here.
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 email@example.com 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
Due to COVID-19 we are not able to offer this opportunity at this time.
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.)