Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 101 Buchanan Street on Monday, Oct. 26. The new location is just a half-mile from the previous location at 257 Church Street.
As a model for community feeding community, PACS works to ensure food is available for those who need it. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 54 million people are expected to experience food insecurity in 2020. Like many communities, Phoenixville is feeling the impact. Since January, PACS has received more than 45,000 requests for food.
Earlier this year, PACS was awarded a grant to purchase a refrigerated van. Both the new location and the van are important to PACS’s vision for the future.
“The food pantry model is changing,” said Mary Fuller, Executive Director. “To help ensure that everyone – individuals and other agencies – have access, food distribution is critical. Our new refrigerated van enables us to pick up and transport fresh food. And our new location provides the space we need to store that food, while continuing to serve our clients with dignity and respect.”
“The new location will help facilitate a partnership with the Chester County Food Bank, which will increase food access in the Phoenixville area,” said Larry Welsch, the Food Bank’s Executive Director.
PACS aspires to be the lead resource for food insecurity in Phoenixville.
“That means we’re helping individuals, families, and other nonprofits access the food they need, particularly during these challenging times,” said Frederick Hubler Jr., Board President and the Chief Wealth Strategist at Creative Capital Wealth Management Group. “Our new building is right in the heart of our community. It provides much-needed space for food refrigeration and storage, while still providing nearby access for many of our clients.”
To help support PACS, please consider donating to the Build the Future of Food Security campaign by clicking here. Donations are currently being matched by Phoenixville Community Health Foundation.
Since 1972, PACS has offered support and hope for local residents. As part of its mission to be the lead resource for food insecurity, PACS is a model for community feeding community. Collaborating with other food pantries and meal providers in the Phoenixville community, it provides its clients with dignity, respect, and healthy, nutritious foods.
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