RACING IN SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY
Since 1964, close to $2 million has been generously donated to a diverse range of charitable organizations. The Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Committee, operating as a self-perpetuating entity, oversees the administration of the renowned Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races. By virtue of its charter, the committee is dedicated to fundraising for local charitable causes. Notably, the organization has obtained exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, solidifying its status as a recognized nonprofit entity.
Chester County, renowned for its scenic landscapes and affluent lifestyle, may not immediately evoke thoughts of widespread food insecurity. However, the harsh reality is that this issue is on the rise in our county, affecting over 40,000 individuals, families, seniors, and veterans. The Chester County Food Bank was formed in 2009
as a non-government 501(c)(3) to address the escalating problem of food insecurity in Chester County. Their primary goal was, and still is, to have a viable, sustainable organization that secures, manages, and distributes food to those in need.
Today, CCFB, headquartered in Exton, PA, is the central hunger relief organization serving a community agency network of over 160 partners throughout Chester County. Through their network of food cupboards, hot meal sites, shelters, and other social service organizations, CCFB distributes nearly 3.5 million pounds, over 50% being fresh fruits and vegetables, to our neighbors with limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
CCFB’s approach to addressing food insecurity is to nurture a healthful and inclusive food environment that empowers food insecure families to grow, cook and eat beneficial foods and to offer opportunities for food- centered education and community engagement. Their programs include education and wellness programs such as Fresh2You Mobile Market, Seed to Supper Gardening Classes, and Eat Fresh Cooking Classes and FRESHstart Kitchen. Each program is designed to mediate some of the root causes of food insecurity in addition to building community and increasing access to real, healthy food.
CCFB relies on contributions from individuals, organizations, and corporations to support their innovative programs to address the root causes of hunger through advocacy and education, operate a 36,000 sq. ft. warehouse with commercial kitchen and freezers, keep a fleet of trucks on the road, purchase food in bulk enabling them to pay a lower cost per pound than that of food bought at retail prices by individuals. Eighty- three percent of all donations go directly to program and operating costs to provide access to healthy food for those struggling with food insecurity in Chester County.
CCFB has cultivated a community-centered and holistic approach to not only address emergency needs but also the root causes of chronic food insecurity for households facing unique challenges in Chester County. CCFB is dedicated to a vision of a food-secure Chester County. Join us in making a difference and help us create a healthier and happier community for all. From individuals to corporations to organizations like the PA Hunt Cup – each person, every volunteer hour, and every dollar makes an impact on our mission. Visit chestercountyfoodbank.org to learn more and how to get involved.
Other Beneficiaries of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup
Work to Ride
Upland Country Day School
Coatesville Youth Initiative