Chester County Food Bank Aims to Go ‘Beyond Hunger’


The Chester County Food Bank was formed in 2009 with a goal of being a viable, sustainable organization to secure, manage, and distribute food to those in need in Chester County.

The nonprofit’s accomplishments throughout the last 10 years have been impressive, as it has become the central hunger relief organization that serves more than 120 partner agencies in Chester County. Through a network of food cupboards, hot meal sites, shelters, and other social service organizations, the Food Bank distributes more than 2.7 million pounds to its neighbors with limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

But there is more work to be done.

As the Chester County Food Bank looks to the next 10 years and beyond, it aims to be even more efficient, investing even more in resources, technology, and infrastructure. To note the dawn of this new era, the Food Bank has created a new tagline: “Beyond Hunger.”

“We’ve created a brand that many people think is much older than 10 years, and we want to trade on that good name,” said Larry Welsch, the Food Bank’s Executive Director. “Knowing that we don’t look like most other Food Banks and knowing that we have the ability to do so much more, we want to continue our efforts and go Beyond Hunger.”

This updated tagline is a reflection on all the Food Bank has been working on. Throughout the last 10 years, it has:

  • upgraded its network of partner agencies
  • hosted cooking demonstrations for children, youth, and adults, to cook with nutritious ingredients and produce
  • gained access to land, donated for the purpose of growing fruits and vegetables
  • provided food for kids who get free or reduced lunches during the school year to take home on the weekends
  • increased summer meal locations throughout the county
  • provided Senior Food Boxes to residents from one corner of the county to the other
  • delivered healthy meals through its Simple Suppers and its strong partnership with Meals on Wheels
  • provided seasonal produce delivered by its Fresh2You Mobile Market throughout low-income neighborhoods, where everyone is welcome to shop at the market
  • created the FRESHstart Kitchen culinary training program to educate and prepare under or unemployed residents for opportunities and sustainable employment in the food service industry

The new tagline celebrates to the Food Bank’s successes while highlighting the need to do more.

“We have helped tens of thousands of Chester County residents access healthy food over the past 10 years,” said Phoebe Kitson, the Food Bank’s Director of Agency and Community Partnerships. “Our original tagline – A Fresh Approach – served us well. It meant that we were new and improved.

“Now, we’re looking to the future. We’re looking to go Beyond Hunger.”

Click here to donate to the Chester County Food Bank.

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