Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The Honey Brook Food Pantry provides a 3-4 day supply of various food items on a monthly basis to neighbors in need within the Honey Brook community. Our mission is to serve them with respect while empowering them toward food security and independence.
Our normal Distribution Days are:
The 2nd Wednesday of the month (10:00 am- 1:00 pm)
The 4th Wednesday of the month (4:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
See our Calendar of Events for each month's distribution dates.
Phone for Hours: 610-273-6102
Or click below to view our Calendar of Events.
Located at Goods Food Distribution Center, Door #8
5064 Horseshoe Pike
Honey Brook, PA 19344
Distribution Schedule Change:
The December distributions will be on Wednesday, December 4th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM and Wednesday, December 18th from 4:00 to 6:30PM.
Our special Holiday Distribution will take place on Saturday, December 14th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM.
For those in need of assistance, make sure to check out our Getting Help page here. Lots of phone numbers and helpful tips for those who need it.
The Food Pantry is now a gold member of GuideStar. GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on non-profit organizations. Check out the seal of transparency at the top of the page! Click it to follow the link!
Thank you so much to our recent donors! The Honey Brook Women's Club, the Morling Family Charitable Foundation, Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, and the Thorndale Rotary. These local organizations are shining examples of the selflessness and goodwill in our community and we are so proud to recognize them! These donations coming at a time of the year when folks are most in need. Our November distributions have seen the largest attendance to date in 2019. We cannot tell you thank you enough for your generosity.
A special shout out to the kids at Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School for their donation of two VERY LARGE boxes of food! The Student Council at PJPII organized this food drive during the month of November and very generously donated it to the Honey Brook Food Panty. We are so grateful!! Thanks to all the kids who contributed!
And a second special shout out to the kids in Cub Scout Pack #9 - each year these hardworking young men go out into their community to collect food for the Pantry at this time of the year to help out with holiday meals. This year they surpassed their previous collection and obtained 1,129 pounds of food! What an amazing accomplishment! Thank you to the Scouts!
In the photo to the left, Tom Tracy is presenting a donation check from St. Peter Knights of Columbus to Ken Ross on November 13th.
The Knights of Columbus has been a long term supporter of our program and Tom continues to advocate for our mission throughout the community.
Many thanks to Tom and St. Peter Knights of Columbus!
On October 29th, we were proud and gratified to receive a donation check for $5,000 from the Westfield Insurance Foundation Legacy of Caring. We were one of 76 agencies nationally receiving such an award. The grant was enabled by an endorsement from The Wright Agency, a significant local partner of Westfield Insurance. Jonathan and Maria from The Wright Agency, pictured with Donna Horvath and Ken Ross, supplemented the award with their own personal donation directed to support the Food Pantry's children's programs in 2020.
Great thanks to Long Way Home Restaurant in the Waynebrook Inn for the fabulous Car Show on 10/26 to support us.
Two FULL BINS of food were collected at the event. We are so grateful for that support!
The Honey Brook Food Pantry Garden for Life Program
This year the Honey Brook Food Pantry Garden For Life program again offered family container vegetable gardens and kids’ gardens, and added two raised vegetable beds at the Honey Brook Borough Park.
About 30 families chose to have container vegetable gardens at their homes, consisting of three containers with a choice of vegetables including tomatoes, sweet peppers, herbs, eggplant, beans, lettuce, jalapeño peppers, beets and cucumbers. Containers, soil, seedlings, seeds and instructions were delivered to homes so families could grow healthy food at home without having to build an in-ground garden.
Twenty or so children took part in the kids’ garden project. Each child decorated their container, chose a vegetable plant and went home with the supplies to grow their own garden at home.
The two raised beds at the Honey Brook Borough Park were new this year. We grew lots of tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant, beans, radishes, zucchini, beets and flowers. Some of the produce went to the Food Pantry and we were happy to share vegetables and flowers with our neighbors who visited the park as well. All in all a successful harvest this year!
A huge THANK YOU goes out to the employees of Hickory House Nursing Home for gathering the donations to the Food Pantry's Under 3 Program. These donations are making a huge difference to the children supported by this program.
Since it's inception the Under 3 Program has continued to grow. At this time we have about 50 families enrolled and serve about 15-20 of these at each distribution. Many of these families have infants and toddlers both, as well as older children being served by the backpack program. These youngest members of our community are made highly vulnerable by food insecurity. The food we can provide them helps them grow and develop normally and, hopefully, avoid some of the sad consequences of inadequate nutrition in this critical stage of life.
Under 3 Program
Did you see the Honey Brook Food Pantry on Bob Kelly's Fox 29 Town Takeover of Honey Brook on September 12th? Check out Bob Kelly's post here and see the presentation of the March Madness Award to Honey Brook Elementary Center!
Pantry News from the Board Chairman
As we conclude 2019 and reflect upon the impact of the Honey Brook Food Pantry, it is a perfect time to thank each and every one of you for the part you played in supporting our mission….serving local families in need while encouraging independence through programs including:
The weekend Kids’ Back Pack Program (94) through the local Elementary School serves those most in need
Summer food boxes full of healthy items were provided to all participating children
Healthy cooking demonstrations and ingredients are part of every distribution by our “Taste It” Team
The “Garden for Life” program has expanded to over 50 families including 25 children and a Community Garden was added this year.
The Nutritional Supplement Program for Infant-Age 3, (food list attached) when proper development is most critical for future health, has been a great success. Specialized foods, instructions, educational materials and counseling are offered to over 45 families and the parental feedback is overwhelming
Diapers and Wipes, along with some personal items, are also provided
Children’s Vision Testing through age 11 provided by the Honey Brook Lion’s Club
Toys and gently used children’s books are always on display
In conjunction with local employers, every child will receive at least one New Toy this December
Our Employment Support Program is gaining momentum with more participants, job leads and successful employment each month helping transition over 30% of those served each year
We have been named United Way Agency of the Year for 2019-2020
In partnership with United Way and Legal Aid , our volunteer team prepared and submitted 177 successful property tax appeals netting nearly $1,000/savings per year for each client participating
The service area may be small in relative terms, but the need is great in order to maintain our high quality standards. Over 800 people were served in November, a 15% increase over 2018 and 21 new families applied for help…nearly double last year. Unfortunately that need continues into this Holiday Season.
Best wishes, Merry Christmas and a Happy 2020…..thank you once again for all you do!!
Honey Brook Food Pantry where donated food and financial support are always needed.
A non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, I.D. 47-178665