Area Pantries Benefit from M&T Bank Chester County Gift

“Chester County’s food bank prioritizes access to fresh, locally grown food (at top) for community members”

EXTON PA – A $10,000 contribution to the Exton-based Chester County Food Bank, which supplies goods to community pantries operating in North Coventry, Spring City, and Phoenixville, among others, was announced Monday (Oct. 19, 2020) by the donor, M&T Bank Corp. M&T operates branch offices across Pennsylvania, and its funding for Chester County represents just a third of its most recent gift.

Also receiving $10,000 donations were the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, and the Food Bank of South Jersey. Collectively, the bank said, the three organizations assist more than 500,000 people in the greater Philadelphia region. Its funding is intended to meet the needs of food-insecure families, and those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Demands for food, due to food insecurity brought on by the illness, have increased an average of 55 percent in Chester, Philadelphia and southern New Jersey counties, the bank said, citing projections from Feeding America.

“As a community bank, we are profoundly aware of the ramifications the pandemic has had on our customers and communities,” said Bernie Shields, regional president for M&T Bank in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “We feel a responsibility to support individuals adversely impacted by these unprecedented times, particularly when our employee volunteers are unable to lend a hand in person.”

Chester County’s food bank prioritizes access to fresh, locally grown food for community members, coupled with nutrition education. It serves as the county’s largest food bank in the county, relying on more than 30 food pantries, senior centers, and social service organizations as distribution channels.

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