hey there chester county! pay it forward for st. agnes day room.

St. Agnes Day Room in West Chester serves the community selflessly.  They have been helping people in need since 1992 and they need your help.

What is prompting pointing out St. Agnes?  A note I received from a friend:

Michele Truitt  is doing a FOOD DRIVE for St. Agnes Day Room.  St. Agnes is seeing all time high numbers of kids in their day camp (feeding 80+ children breakfast & lunch every day, many of them are part of the district meal program during the school year) & the noon time meal program (130+ most days!). The needs are great during these last months of summer when people are not thinking “food drive”.

If you are in a position to help them out, please feel free to call them directly to see what you can do for them this week (610-429-0697-Barb Kirby is the director), OR you can start dropping off contributions at   RE/MAX PREFERRED 1595 Paoli Pike, West Chester.   Many thanks for your consideration in making a contribution to this fine organization, or any of the other groups that help the people in our community!

Michele Truitt, whom I do not know, is the wife of State Rep. Dan Truitt.   Her note to her friends was:

Hi everyone!
As I did last year, I am asking everyone to please consider lending a hand to one of WC’s great charitable organizations-St. Agnes Day Room. I know times are tough for us all, but so many of us are truly blessed even in this tough economy. St. Agnes is seeing all time high numbers of kids in their day camp (feeding 80+ children breakfast & lunch every day, many of them are part of the district meal program during the school year) & the noon time meal program (130+ most days!). The needs are great during these last months of summer when people are not thinking “food drive”.
IF you are in a position to help them out, please feel free to call them directly to see what you can do for them this week (610-429-0697-Barb Kirby is the director),

If you are in a position to donate cash, checks can be made payable to St. Agnes Day Room & sent to them directly or dropped off.

 

One of my friends in Narberth runs a food bank, and through First Friday Main Line, have worked on food drives to collect food for ElderNet in Bryn Mawr.

With regard to food, they should have a list on their website, but they do not (or I can’t find it).  Here is some of what they do:

  • 11,000 Breakfasts served – The poor and homeless receive a light breakfast and are able to begin their days in a caring and welcoming environment.
  • 18,000 Hot lunches served – Nourishing hot lunches provide sustenance and comfort to the most vulnerable in our community.
  • 3,000 Bags of groceries distributed to families in need – Our food pantry provides groceries to many hard working families and the elderly who cannot make ends meet.

If you are a farm, contact St. Agnes and ask them what they could use.  If you are a home gardener with extra fresh veggies or fruits, why not just contact St. Agnes and drop them off?  If you want to donate other things, think non-perishables – Parmalat milk (that doesn’t require refrigeration until opening), and here is a list from Narberth’s food bank that might help:

Most Needed Items

  • Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk,Pamalat milk
  • Canned tuna, chicken, and turkey
  • Mac and cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cat and dog food
  • Canned fruit
  • Rice
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Jar tomato sauce
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Soup

Narberth Food Bank also asks for things like basics for the household – soap (to wash with), dish soap, clothing soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper.

I have contacted St. Agnes for a list that is current to their needs and will post when I receive it.