HBFP NEWS FEED

We Couldn't Do It Without You!

December 18, 2019

Despite the cold, wind, snow and 90 minutes without electricity, in our last distribution of 2019 we succeeded in making the holiday season a little bit brighter for hundreds of people.

We couldn't do it without you!  A heartfelt thank you goes out to....

Tel Hai Retirement Community -- For the collection of Hats/gloves/scarves

 

Mary Jane Brown and RV Industries--For the Stockings

 

St. Peter Catholic Church, Hopewell United Methodist Church, Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department--  For the coats

 

Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary, Suzanne Titus Interiors Inc,  Honey Brook Golf Club--For the toys

 

Central Presbyterian Church, Darlington-Rigg Group, Tel Hai, and East Brandywine Baptist Church-For the Turkey Distribution Food

Experiencing a housing crisis? Call 2-1-1 now

December 12, 2019

A new update to the phone number to call in cases of a housing crisis or homelessness.  Now call 2-1-1 to reach services for assistance.  See the flyer in English and Spanish on our Getting Help Page

A Donation from the Westfield Insurance Foundation Legacy of Caring

October 29, 2019

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.

Honey Brook Food Pantry's Tax Appeal Program

September 30, 2019

Over the past two years, nearly 200 Chester County Mobile Homeowners have received major property tax reductions under the MH Tax Appeal Campaign initiated within the HBFP.  The average homeowner will save over $900 yearly as a result of the appeals, which computes to cumulative savings of over $185,000 every year!  We are hopeful that our efforts will eventually lead to changes in the tax system so that mobile homes will be taxed fairly without the need of individual appeals.  We greatly appreciate the organizations that have come together to support this effort, including United Way of Chester County (leadership and financial support), Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (legal and admin support), ChesCo Paralegal Association (appeal-writing), and Shook-Hardy Bacon (legal research and project advice).  Also noteworthy has been the efforts of Philadelphia Inquirer to publicize the tax fairness issue, and RV Industries to provide free office space for appeal-writing sessions.

 

Why is this effort needed?  Well, a Mobile Home depreciates just like a car, but, sadly, property tax assessments do not account for that.  We have found that, on average, our mobile-home-owning clients have been paying over three times too much property tax.  Until we can bring about a change to the tax system, the best remedy is for each homeowner to appeal their assessment.  Our help makes it super-easy for the homeowner to appeal.  Are we making the tax authorities angry? No, everyone seems to understand the reality of mobile home depreciation, and to appreciate our efforts to help homeowners achieve fair taxation.

Thank you, Hickory House Nursing Home!

September 16, 2019

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.

Thank you to the children of Honey Brook Presbyterian Vacation Bible School

September 15, 2019

Patti Frank, (far right) of the Honey Brook Food Pantry, accepts a check from the children who attended the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School. The children, under the guidance of teacher Gwynne Sweatlock, raised $370 to donate to the Pantry’s Children’s Backpack Program. The Honey Brook Presbyterian Church Deacons organized a food drive in July and August and church members donated food items for the Children’s Backpack program.

Tel Hai Residents Have Truly Outdone Themselves

September 08, 2019

The residents of Tel Hai have always taken an active interest in the success of the Honey Brook Food Pantry  They are often donating their time to the pantry or participating in programs like the garden for life to benefit the visitors of the Food Pantry.  Just recently a donation comprised of six weeks of chapel service collections was made to the Honey Brook Food Pantry.  This unbelievably generous donation was determined by a committee of residents and the Chaplain staff.  They select only four charities each year and the Honey Brook Food Pantry is honored to be one of the recipients.  We cannot thank you enough - this is going to go a long way to help feed those in need over the upcoming months!

United Way

August 28, 2019

The Honey Brook Food Pantry is proud to announce that they have been named the Partner Agency of the Year by United Way of Chester County!  This is a huge honor and the Food Pantry is very grateful for the recognition!  

Tel Hai's "Charity of Choice"

July 23, 2019

Thank you so much to the committee behind the Tel Hai "Charity of Choice" for making the Honey Brook Food Pantry one of this year's recipients!

HBFP Golf Fundraiser

July 16, 2019

Whew, it was a scorcher!  But an amazing day for fundraising at the 2019 Benefit Golf Outing at the Honey Brook Golf club.  A good time was had by all despite the heat wave.  There were plenty of volunteers there with a smile or a bottle of water to help everyone get through the course.

The Honey Brook Food Pantry would like to send our sincere THANK YOU to all who participated in the golf and especially to our numerous sponsors.  We could not help so many people without your support!

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Ken Ross: 610-291-0067

Donna Horvath: 610-633-9337

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