Clients in need who visit the cupboard are asked to show proof of residency when registering. Must live in Chester County portion of Twin Valley School District. This also includes the Indian Run Community.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program is operated in accordance with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Eligibility is based upon the income guidelines listed below. The recipient circles the entire line that applies to their Household Size, understanding they must be at, or below, the income level indicated to be eligible for program benefits.
WHAT WILL BE RECEIVED
Each client receives meat items, dairy products such as milk, eggs and cheese, and a box of non-perishables, including peanut butter, pasta sauce, cereal, and soup. Bread, pastries and produce are also provided. The average weight is 35-40 pounds of food.
Our Distribution Days are:
The 2nd Wednesday of the month (10:00AM-12:30PM)
The 4th Wednesday of the month (4:00-6:30PM)
Please pass the word about the HB Food Pantry….we still run into folks who don’t know about it! Better yet, bring a friend here to show them how friendly and helpful we are! If you can bring a neighbor who lacks transportation, please do - - transportation is a big issue in HB.
Use the pantry even in your “good” earnings months. Put extra earnings into an “emergency fund” that will help you in rough times.
For Your Pets: The ChesCo Mobile Pet Food Pantry operates at, Minquas Fire Dept., 141 Wallace Ave, Downingtown, on the 3rd Sat of each month, 11 am to 1 pm (weather permitting). See or call (484) 558-0467, for more info, or about other locations & services, including veterinary programs. They’re on Facebook too!
One of the services offered at the HB Food Pantry is employment assistance. Information is available at each distribution about local job fairs and job recruitment events at CareerLink in Exton. Other available services include assistance with resumes and/or cover letters. If interested in assistance with job searching, please call the pantry: 610 273-6102.
Financial Navigation & Coordination Services
A Financial Navigator is available to help you with financial and resource coordination during this difficult time. Contact Ashley Thornton of Open Hearth, Inc. at (610) 280-1023 or by e-mail to get started.
Ashley is available to take your calls and can schedule your Tele-appointments upon request.
Family Service of Chester County is offering counseling services to PA CareerLink and Financial Stability Center customers by Telehealth.
Visit their YouTube Page and explore their videos that have been developed to help deal with the stress related to the current health and financial issues resulting from COVID-19.
Assistance with Filing for Public Health Benefits
Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC) has created a YouTube Video to help guide individuals looking for help to file for public assistance benefits.
MCHC staff members are ready to assist individuals during this difficult time. Staff are currently assisting individuals on a daily basis. Contact MCHC at 610-344-5370
OTHER AVENUES OF ASSISTANCE
Here is our list of handy phone numbers and links:
(610)942-4039 - - Heart In Hands Community Center: many programs for kids and teens, including summer programs
(877)918-2100 - - 24/7 Emotional Support
(610)521-8770 - - Apply for FREE weatherization - - start now for savings next winter!
(877)395-8930 - - Review your overall benefits and ask your questions to PA Dept of Human Services (formerly Dept. of Public Welfare) by calling the Statewide Customer service. Also, https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass - - Run the “do I qualify” program to see what benefits you could apply for.
(888)232-6302 - - PPL Energy Assistance Programs
(610)647-4940 - - Home of the Sparrow, for women facing homelessness.
(610)431-3598 - - Friends Association, for families w/ children facing homelessness.
(610)273-2848 - - free community dinner at the HB Presbyterian Church, 1st Thursdays.
(877)429-5994 - - Legal Aid of SE PA, free legal advice, M-F, 9am-1pm.
Visit our cooking demo table at the next distribution!
There are plenty of good ideas for easy, healthy meals - stop by and pick up a free recipe!