Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive

The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board’s (VFTCB) 8th Annual Freedom from Hunger Food Drive has surpassed its 40k goal by raising the monetary equivalent of 45,000 pounds of food. That means the organization’s fundraiser has contributed 100,000 pounds of food over the lifetime of the drive, which began in 2015.

Several businesses in the region donated $500 or more:

  • Wegmans - $1,000 (12,000 pounds)
  • GIANT – 100 turkeys (1,000 pounds)
  • Valley Forge Casino Resort - $500 (6,000 pounds)
  • TD Bank - $500 (6,000 pounds)

MAHN provides resources to almost 70 food pantries and soup kitchens, and all are struggling with less to feed more people - in some cases, anywhere from 150% to 364% increases - 10 to more than 50 or even hundreds more additional households: 

Eastern Montgomery County/Willow Grove – 364% (125 households a month in 2021 to 580 in 2022)
Soup kitchens – more than 100%
Lansdale – more than 60%
Main Line – almost 60%
​Norristown – almost 40%

Money from Freedom from Hunger will also go to purchasing much-needed personal care items such as: toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, diapers, underwear, t-shirts, etc. Some pantries are also in need of halal/kosher meat. 

Canned goods and non-perishables are placed on a table in front of a #MakeItMontco sign

MAKE A MONETARY DONATION

In place of a physical donation, monetary contributions are accepted and appreciated. Monetary donations are handled by the MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN). MAHN will use the funds to purchase food to feed Montgomery County residents in need.

Food Resources

If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, we encourage you to view the list of food pantries and soup kitchen in the MontCo Anti-Hunger Network.

@visitvalleyforge Together, we've collected more than 75,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry in Montgomery County. We're committing to 100,000 lifetime, to support those less fortunate in our community. #fooddrive #hunger #donate #food #montco #pennsylvania #makeitmontco ♬ original sound - visitvalleyforge

 

About Freedom from Hunger

The Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive was created as a farewell "gift" to Pope Francis in 2015 when the Pontiff stayed in Montgomery County at the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Now in its eighth year, the drive continues to support the community that the tourism board diligently promotes to visitors across the nation and around the world.