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DA and County Council deliver food for Thanksgiving

Delaware County employees delivered dozens of boxes of non-perishable food items to Chester Eastside Ministries Friday, Nov. 15 as part of a countywide Thanksgiving Food Drive.
District Attorney Jack Whelan, Delaware County Council and the County Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), joined forces with Magellan Behavioral Health of PA to collect non-perishable food items to distribute to families in need this Thanksgiving season.

“The need is greater now than ever. During these difficult economic times, it is crucial that we reach out to the needy families in Delaware County,” said County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle. “While most families are dealing with tight budgets right now, we all need to extend a helping hand to those who are not as fortunate.”

Chester Eastside Ministries is one of 12 food banks operated by the Delco Interfaith Food Assistance Network of Family and Community Service of Delaware County.
Providers involved with local food assistance programs continue to report an increasing demand for donations during challenging economic times.

“An increased cost of living, coupled with job loss, the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy and other difficulties, means families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Rev. Bernice Warren, Pastor-Director of Chester Eastside Ministries. “The approaching holiday season will stress household budgets even more. Struggling families cannot afford the holiday traditions that so many take for granted, like a holiday meal.”

This year’s drive was held Oct. 10 through Nov. 16 with participation by employees and residents doing business at the Courthouse and Government Center.

 “The biggest message we wanted to get out there is that sometimes during the holidays, people are more generous, but we have hungry families all year round,” said Bill Chambers, food drive organizer and deputy mental health program administrator for OBH.

Although the Delaware County Thanksgiving Food Drive is completed, food donations are needed year round. People can continue to make food donations to any DIFAN food bank. For more information about DIFAN call 610-566-7540 or visit the County website, under Human Services.