Community Initiative in Chester County Brings Food Boxes to Downingtown

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Image via It Takes A Village.
Filled food boxes like these in Chester County give a little extra help to those who need it.

Downingtown Area School District joined forces with It Takes A Village Community of Chester County to set up food boxes to help combat food insecurities, according to a staff report from the Daily Local News

Food boxes have been installed at Beaver Creek Elementary School and East Ward Elementary School. 

Also known as Buddy Boxes, these outdoor pantries contain both nonperishable foods and toiletries donated by members of the community. 

“The Food Box program has been a beautiful experiment in paying it forward that’s proved more successful than we ever imagined,” said ITAVC Executive Director Jennifer Smialowicz. 

The food boxes are unlocked at all times so community members can donate or take items. 

Read more about food boxes in the Daily Local News

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