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Malvern Prep School Student Raises $6,000 for Chester County Food Bank

Mateo Alban, a freshman at Malvern Prep, works to positively impact food insecurity in Chester County

Pictured from left: Kelly Catania, Director of Christian Service at Malvern Prep, Patrick Sillup, Head of School at Malvern Prep, Andrea Youndt, CEO of Chester County Food Bank, Mateo Alban

Malvern Preparatory School hosted a check presentation ceremony on January 24, 2024, with freshman student, Mateo Alban ’27, who raised $6,000 for the Chester County Food Bank.

Malvern Prep Student Makes a Big Impact on the Fight Against Food Insecurity

As the son of a first-generation immigrant from Peru, Mateo Alban has witnessed first-hand the effects of poverty and food insecurity on the people who live there. So, when Mateo learned that even neighbors in his Chester County hometown struggle with food insecurity, he saw this as an opportunity to make an impact.


At 14 years old, with his tech skills and passion for giving back, Mateo raised $6,000 through a virtual food drive in support of the Chester County Food Bank – the central hunger relief organization in Chester County. With a mission to mobilize the community to ensure access to real, healthy food, the Chester County Food Bank takes a steadfast approach to providing food and building support for neighbors in need while raising awareness and engagement among their communities.

Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank thanks Mateo Alban at Malvern Prep

“Mateo’s passion for giving is a testament to the power of one individual to spark meaningful change,” said Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank. “Young people are the future, and their compassion will help lead the way in breaking the cycles of food insecurity.”

A freshman at Malvern Prep – an all-boys independent school focused on the Augustinian Core Values of Truth, Unity, and Love – Mateo was inspired by the many opportunities to give back. One mentor who stands out to him is Mrs. Kelly Catania, Director of Christian Service at Malvern Prep.“We encourage our students to engage in Christian Service work that is meaningful for them. Mateo is a perfect example for other students and young people to show that they can make a difference, regardless of age, especially when they find a project that speaks to them,” shares Mrs. Kelly Catania, Director of Christian Service at Malvern Prep.

Head of School, Mr. Patrick Sillup adds, “Mateo’s passion for this work is representative of the values we instill at Malvern Prep – preparing young men to become enterprising members of society who strive to make a difference in their community. We are so proud to have him as a member of our school community.”

Mateo’s story serves as an inspiration for us all, exemplifying the potential within each of us to light the way for a brighter, more compassionate future. As for Mateo, he hopes this serves as a reminder to his peers of the importance of giving back. “We are extremely fortunate to attend a school such as Malvern Prep,” said Mateo, “and we need to work together to spread good, especially in our local community.”

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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.