Caring for Friends to Open Delaware County Food Distribution Center
New warehouse helps better address hunger in hard-hit Southwest Philly, Delco communities
October 3, 2022, Philadelphia, PA – To better serve Delaware County and southern and western Philadelphia community partners, Caring for Friends has opened a food distribution center in Essington, Delaware County. The new location is open to community partners two days a week for produce, shelf-stable food, and protein pick-up. It also will host multiple freezers for volunteer visitors to pick up meals for homebound seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. About 52,000 individuals were considered food insecure in Delaware County in 2020, which equates to a little more than nine percent of the population.* The opening will create two full-time jobs, and currently hosts about six local nonprofits that save one-to-two hours of time, as well as hundreds of dollars on gas picking up food at this DelCo location instead of the CFF warehouse in the Northeast. Special thanks to Wakefern and the Burns’ Family Fresh Grocer supermarkets for donating two pallets of canned vegetables for partners picking up at the dedication and will be in attendance, including: St Paul AME, Word of God Community Church, Shorter AME, Chester Township, and the USO, Philadelphia Airport.
For more information, contact Stef Arck-Baynes at Caring for Friends at 917-710-1901
*Map the Meal Gap Survey, 2020