Chester County donates $20K to Food Bank


Larry Welsh, Executive Director of the Chester County Food Bank; County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone; Norm Horn, Director of Advancement at the Chester County Food Bank; County Commissioners’ Chair Terence Farrell; Raina Ainslie, Chester County Food Bank Raised Bed Garden Manager; and Bob McNeil, Founding Chairman of the Chester County Food Bank.

GLENMOORE — The Chester County Commissioners recently presented representatives from the Chester County Food Bank with a check for $20,000 at the county’s Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore.

The check was part of the county’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits. The presentation, made at the county’s raised bed gardens located at Springton Manor Farm, also included recognition of June as National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables month.

Chester County government actively supports the Chester County Food Bank’s farm and garden programs, growing vegetables and fruit at Springton Manor Farm as well as at the Chester County Youth Center and Chester County Prison.  Close to $300,000 of state and federal funding channels through Chester County government for the Chester County Food Bank annually, and in addition to the Commissioners’ annual appropriation, county employees donate food and toiletry items to the Food Bank as part of the county’s monthly dress down day program.

The Chester County Food Bank serves approximately 50,000 people a year through 36 food cupboards and 68 meal sites and social service agencies.  Last year, 2.5 million pounds of food was distributed, including 850,000 of fresh produce.

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