No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and feed.
More than 50 people volunteer for us each month and make the difference in the lives of over a thousand people.
Working together with local churches, the Community Outreach Program, The Parkesburg Point, and local businesses is key to our success.
2005 - The Octorara Area Food Cupboard began as a mobile food pantry set up in a parking lot and operated by the Chester County Food Bank on a once a month basis serving about 65 people with 1,500 lbs. of food. As the demand for food grew, the mobile pantry moved to a local parish.
2012 - The mobile pantry was serving over 9,000 lbs. of food to over 500 people creating the need for a permanent location. Through a collaborative effort with the Chester County Food Bank, Parkesburg Point Youth Center, local businesses, churches and residents, the newly formed Octorara Area Food Cupboard opened its doors on December 4th 2012.
2016- The Octorara Area Food Cupboard continues to expand providing supplemental food to over 1,100 people in the greater Octorara area.
2018- OAFC continues to add supplemental programs thru grants and community giving. Over the last 2 years we have been able to provide supplemental after school snack item(s) to each school-age child every month. We have also expended the daily items and can regularly offer eggs, and cheese. A special thanks goes out to the Genuardi Foundation and the Springbank Foundation for their Grants.
They are the Best!
A resident of the Parkesburg community, Judy heads up our dedicated group of volunteers. Like a well oiled machine they unpack, sort, identify and weigh all the food items that come in. They stock the shelves and work with the clients to assure an overall positive experience.
Judy also works directly with the Board of Directors communicating the number of clients served, the amount of food processed and the needs of the operation in general.