Feeding the Hungry in Our Community

Dave Paton in garden w friendsWe are blessed to live in such a wonderful community.  As we drive into the campus, we are greeted with the sign stating, “Tel Hai – Redefining Retirement.” The residents of Tel Hai know that one important facet of our retirement redefining begins with our varied forms of heartfelt volunteering.

I have been involved with the Chester County Food Bank for several years and have seen a large number of people living in prosperous Chester County who go to bed each night hungry. The Honey Brook Mobile Food Pantry is a new agency in the local community that is run completely by volunteers. The Honey Brook Food Pantry began in January 2014 and is an arm of the Chester County Food Bank.  During the first six months of assisting Honey Brook residents obtain food to improve their lives, the Food Pantry increased the number of people served from 269 in January to 655 in June—an increase of 143 %. The Tel Hai Gardeners are now assisting by giving vegetables to this important community outreach.

The Honey Brook Food Pantry is open the last Wednesday of each month at 5064 Horseshoe Pike (Good Food Distribution Center) on Route 322 across from Wimpy & Dee’s Diner.  Families will receive non-perishable food items, dairy and fresh produce (when in season).

If you are interested in helping to feed the hungry in our community, you may join the gardeners by donating bread, desserts, and other non-perishable foods to the Honey Brook Food Pantry at the above location at 9:00 AM on the last Wednesday of each month.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Phoebe Kitson at the Chester County Food Bank, 650 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton at 610-873-6000. Donations to the Chester County Food Bank are accepted at that warehouse location Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. To learn more about the Honey Brook Food Pantry you can contact me at davidpaton@comcast.net.

 

Dave Paton,

Tel Hai Resident

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