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Honoring a Legacy: Remembering Robert D. McNeil

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of our founding chairman, Robert D. McNeil, who died on April 13, 2024, surrounded by his family.

Bob and his wife Jennifer raised their children, Tyler and Kaitlyn, in Coatesville. He was a Philanthropist, Humanitarian, Neighbor, and Friend. His unwavering tenacity brought the Chester County Food Bank to where we are today. His passing fills us all with profound sadness, yet we find comfort in reflecting on his remarkable legacy and enduring impact.

It was nearly 15 years ago that Bob helped to establish the Chester County Food Bank to provide nourishment for a growing number of people in Chester County who struggled with putting food on their table. Today, the Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization in Chester County distributing nearly 4 million pounds of food annually to 160 partner hunger relief organizations throughout our community.

“I am renowned for not holding back,” said Bob in an interview with Vista.Today in 2016. “Once I’m on the board, my objective is to make the nonprofit run more like a business than a nonprofit, and also have a passion for the organization’s mission and goals. Non-profits don’t pay you, but you sure get your rewards.” 

The impact of Bob’s diligent efforts extends far beyond the walls of the Food Bank. Bob leaves behind a legacy that will continue to illuminate our path as we strive to fulfill the vision he so passionately championed – A food secure Chester County.

Thank you, Bob. xo

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Bob’s name, to the Chester County Food Bank. You can read his obituary here.