Updated October 2020: Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Chester City Council are pleased to announce that the Free Food Distribution to the community has been extended through the end of October. Residents will be able to pick up #GrabAndGo boxes filled with fresh produce, milk, eggs and meat every Tuesday until October 27.

Office of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020                                                                         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  


contact: Aigner Cleveland

Press Secretary

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City of Chester to Distribute Free Food to Community Every Tuesday through End of June 


(CHESTER, PA) – The city of Chester is pleased to announce a Free Food Distribution initiative that will bring fresh produce and milk to the community every Tuesday through the end of June.


Thanks to a partnership with Philabundance, the City was able to secure food donations to support persons experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 outbreak. “We saw the need of the people who are not only suffering through this pandemic but those same persons are in need of healthy food for themselves and their family,” said Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland. “Philabundance is a great organization and being able to work collaboratively with them is a win for this entire city.”

“Food insecurity has steadily increased across the region due to COVID-19, with Philabundance partner agencies reporting up to a 60% increase in need,” explained Philabundance Chief Development Officer Sara Hertz. “Philabundance is proud to partner with the city of Chester to provide quality food to community members during these trying times.”

Anyone in need should come to the Community Room entrance off of Rt. 291 to receive the food items.

Volunteers will be onsite to distribute boxes to individuals.  If you are in a car, someone will place the items in your backseat or trunk.  If any individual plans to arrive onsite via foot, the items will be placed on a table for you to grab-and-go.

Everyone is asked to adhere to social distancing rules and wear a mask.

WHO:  The city of Chester

WHAT:  Will distribute fresh produce and milk to the community

WHERE: Chester City Hall

                  1 Fourth Street

                  Chester, PA 19013

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 11:00am

                Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:00am

               Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:00am

               Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:00am


Philabundance is one of the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organizations, driving hunger from our communities today and ending hunger for good. In 2019, it distributed more than 26 million pounds of food through a network of 350 partners, and partnerships with hospitals, schools, libraries and other service providers. Philabundance serves more than 90,000 people each week, 30 percent of whom are children, 16 percent of whom are seniors, and other people served include college students, single parent and the working class. Give now or learn more at Philabundance.org