Emergency Food Programs
FCSDC has been a partner in the fight against hunger for many years. We administer the distribution of food through a network of social services agencies and church-based emergency food centers for Delaware County. This project is a collaborative between FCSDC and DelCo Interfaith Food Assistance Network (DIFAN). DIFAN is a network of food cupboards throughout Delaware County providing food assistance to at-risk families. There are 10 DIFAN Centers and 6 Outreach Centers in Delaware County.
DIFAN is a network of food pantries throughout Delaware County providing food assistance to at-risk families. Each family receives sufficient food for five days. Please call one of our over 10 food distribution centers and get the assistance you need.
We advocate for people in need, especially the hungry, in order to bring about individual or community change that benefits our society as a whole.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL:
Rather than duplicating services provided by other agencies, when food center workers identify needs beyond food relief, we refer our clients to other agencies that are set up to directly handle those needs. We work directly with the social service agencies throughout Delaware County, as well as the Department of Public Welfare and Children & Youth Services.
WHO WE ARE:
All of our centers are staffed by volunteer workers, we are dependent upon donations of food, money and time to continue our work.
To Donate: Please Call Your Local Food Pantry.
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Family and Community Service of Delaware County in partnership with Delaware County (Office of Behavioral Health) and the State Food Purchase and TEFAP programs provides funding towards our strides to end hunger in Delaware County. Our Food Program receives funding and support from TD Bank with an annual fundraiser. Wawa Stores provide funding year-round monetarily and with gift cards for the 10 Centers and 6 Outreach Centers. We are recipients of donations and support from Acme, Sav-a-Lot, and Aldi Grocery stores.
FCSDC has partnered with Giant Food Stores who has assisted diligently with our mission to end hunger through our partnership with Delaware County Interfaith Food Assistance Network (DIFAN) that provide food throughout our communities. Giant Foods provide fundraisers throughout the year, including an Annual Thanksgiving Drive for food and turkeys for our local pantries and monetary awards to assist local pantries with additional commodities that are allocated to local pantries. The generosity of Giant Food Store extends to assist other programs such as gift cards for Medical Case Management clients and our Strengthen Families Program participants.
Through our partnership with Whole Foods, FCSDC received an abundance of fresh produce for DIFAN. Whole Food, during the grand opening, raised $1,012.25 of additional funding to assist in our mission to end hunger in Delaware County. FCSDC participated in the Sneak Preview of the New Whole Foods in Newton Square on January 15, 2019. Donations from this event will be matched by Whole Foods.
Ending hunger has been challenging, globally, but the efforts by FCSDC and DIFAN have been devoted to reducing hunger; despite the growing food problems such as securing sustainable food, poverty, and illiteracy. Despite the challenges, DIFAN through state funding State Food (TEFAP), a USDA Grant in 2018, emergency food assistance was provided to over 6,300 families and over 20,000 individuals. In collaboration with programs, donations of food and funding throughout Delaware County, FCSDC assisted in providing emergency food services for over 356,000 visits to food centers in 2017.