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How To Help Local Food Banks Fight Food Insecurity

by | Nov 9, 2021 | Parenting, Service Projects

Many families who have reliably had enough, do not have enough now. Food insecurity is breaking new records, leaving the highest numbers of families hungry since the Great Depression. People of all socio-economic backgrounds are now regulars in food distribution lines. Many are turning to food banks for the first time and never expected to be there. 

If you have the time to volunteer or you are experiencing food insecurity, or both, listed below are established organizations that are working feverishly to feed those in need and that would love to have you volunteer for sorting, distributing or driving food to those with the need but without the ability to wait in line. If you and your family are in a position to help, it is a great time to get involved with food banks. This is the perfect  opportunity to gently teach children about giving and helping others. 

If your preference is to help by donating non-perishable goods for distribution, please use the links provided to find the closest place you can deposit your food donation and the top 10 most needed dry goods. There are volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and organizations, weekdays and weekends. Get your kids involved by organizing a neighborhood food drive – they can create a flier and set up a box for neighbors to drop off items for local food banks. It is a way to truly make a difference in your community and an easy way to demonstrate the value of helping others. 

For Questions and Help, email thestarfishprojectforchildren@gmail.com

As needs and hours change frequently, please contact each location for the most up-to-date information. For a list of the typically most needed items, click here.

Food Bank Resources:

Please note this is just a partial list. Click here for a list of food pantriesin Montgomery County. You can also search at Philabundance here.

Chester County Food Bank, Exton 

Colonial Neighborhood Council, Conshohocken 

Feeding America, nationwide, offers helpful tips on organizing food drives in your area

Jewish Relief Agency (JRA), Philadelphia

Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard, Ambler and North Hills

Media Food Bank, Media

Montgomery County Anti-Hunger Network, Pottstown
Click here to Volunteer

Philabundance, Philadelphia 

Phoenixville Area Community Services, Phoenixville 

Share, Philadelphia

The Rachel Way, Gluten and Dairy-free Virtual Pantry 

Upper Darby Food Bank, Upper Darby

West Chester Food Cupboard, West Chester




First published December 2020, updated November 2021