Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive

In the fall of 2021, the Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive raised more than $6,900 - the equivalent of more than 30,000 pounds of food. The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) is keeping the online donation link open throughout the year to help support those impacted by both the public health pandemic, and storm damage. 

More than 60 individuals or businesses donated to the fundraiser, which was held exclusively online. To date, the VFTCB's food drive has raised enough for more than 75,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry in Montco.

Several businesses stepped up with donations of $500 or more:

  • bartaco in King of Prussia Mall (the largest single donation this year, and to date, of $1,000)
  • The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
  • Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Heritage Coach Company
  • TD Bank

The VFTCB partners with the MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN) – a coalition of hunger relief organizations working together to make healthy foods available to all communities in Montgomery County, and the need has grown: 

  • From 28,566 households to more than 38,060 
  • From 60,000 individuals to to 84,000 
  • From 38 food pantries to 47 

About 28 of those food pantries rely exclusively on donated food to supply distributions. The food pantries span the spectrum in both size and capacity distributing anywhere from 1,200 pounds of food per month to tipping the scale at more than 100,000 pounds of food per month at the largest distributing food pantry in Montgomery County, Catholic Social Services in Norristown. Donations benefit MAHN and its mission to help feed the less fortunate in Montgomery County. 

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 seventh year, the drive continues to support the community that the tourism board diligently promotes to visitors across the nation and around the world.

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.