As food insecurity in the region continues to rise, Keystone Opportunity Center (KOC) is stepping up to expand its food pantry services. The agency has assumed operation of the weekly “Fresh For All” neighborhood food distribution event formerly run by Philabundance in Souderton.
The bricks-and-mortar Food Pantry which KOC has operated throughout the years feeds many people in need in the Souderton Area School District: approximately 300,000 pounds of food are distributed annually to approximately 800 families.
“But not everyone can get to our pantry,” explained Arlene Daily, Keystone’s Executive Director. “We have been discussing ways to distribute more food out in the community: in senior centers, for example. The Fresh For All distribution will be the start of a new Mobile Food Pantry Program, with more to come.”
This new venture for Keystone Opportunity Center is the result of a partnership between:
Philabundance will continue to provide produce for this distribution. But Keystone Opportunity Center Food Pantry staff will oversee the weekly program, and will now be charged with raising the funds to keep it running in the future.
Fresh For All serves approximately 150 people every week, greatly expanding Keystone’s efforts to fight hunger and poverty in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
Open every Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Fresh For All customers receive 20-30 lbs of free fresh produce. Address or ID will not be required of participants, and participation will not affect other benefits.
Fresh For All is scheduled to run year-round, however severe weather may cancel individual events. To find out if a distribution has been cancelled, call 215-723-5430, ext 221, visit www.KeystoneOpportunity.org/FreshForAll or watch our social media www.Facebook.com/KeystoneOpp
Keystone’s Food Pantry is managed by Cindy Dembrosky, Food Pantry Manager, and employee of Keystone since 2010. The new Mobile Pantry Program will be coordinated by Chris Farley who joined Keystone earlier this year.
About Keystone Opportunity Center
Keystone Opportunity Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers a comprehensive array of social services that educate, encourage and empower people to become self-sufficient. Keystone Opportunity Center is housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and educating adults and families in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. More information on Keystone Opportunity Center can be found at www.KeystoneOpportunity.org.
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