In times of trouble––and, really, at any time at all––the West Chester Food Cupboard believes that “no one should go hungry.”
Their goal has always been to ensure that no West Chester resident ever experiences food insecurity. They hold true to their promise in feeding families and individuals through an entirely volunteer-run organization.
How Hunger Hurts
One in six Americans experience food insecurity. This leads to major setbacks that adversely affect every aspect of a person’s life, including physical problems and mental health issues. Since nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, and organic fare cost more money than processed food, it may even result in obesity.
Children caught in this situation may face sickness, problems in school, and other issues that could follow into adulthood. One in five American children deal with hunger. Although they may be able to take advantage of free or reduced meals during the school year, the summer becomes a challenge.
So, that’s where the herculean efforts of the West Chester Food Cupboard save the day!
What They Do
In 2009, a group of volunteers from the defunct food cupboard, formerly run the by Chester County Cares, reopened it as the West Chester Food Cupboard. They provide fresh and healthy food to those affected by hunger throughout the town.
Every part of running the Cupboard—100 percent––comes through the compassion and amazing efforts of volunteers. They shop for food, stock it, and schedule and manage deliveries. They also clean the stockroom and raise funds to ensure that they can restock their shelves as needed.
In the past year, 578 households per month benefitted from the Cupboard, which included giving meals to school-aged children over the three-month summer break. They even help college students who may experience food insecurity.
How You Can Help
If you want to help fight hunger in your own backyard, contribute a monetary donation. The Cupboard counts on donations to run the program, so any financial assistance you can give helps them to give back by purchasing bulk food to replenish their shelves.
Here’s how to donate:
- Monthly bank transfer
- Charitable distribution from your IRA
- Amazon Smile
- United Way payroll deduction
Ask your employer if they will match your gift, because every little bit helps!
The Cupboard welcomes food donations, too! Visit their website for drop-off times.
If you or your organization decides to run a food drive to benefit the Cupboard, they can help you unload the food at their headquarters.
Donate to West Chester Food Cupboard & Fight Hunger
If you believe that “no one should go hungry,” join the fight against food insecurity by donating to the West Chester Food Cupboard.