To raise awareness of food insecurity throughout Chester County and to encourage food bank donations, QVC program host David Venable will be delivering 50 complete Thanksgiving dinners to the Chester County Food Bank!
When: November 19, 2013
Where: Chester County Food Bank (650 Pennsylvania Drive, Exton)
Why: To raise awareness during National Hunger and Homlessness Week
BACKGROUND: Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness. In an effort to raise awareness of this critical need, QVC has connected with the Chester County Food Bank in Exton, PA, to raise awareness of this critical need in our region and beyond.
QVC Program Host David Venable will deliver 50 complete Thanksgiving Dinners with all the trimmings on behalf of QVC to the Food Bank.
All of the produce being donated is from QVC’s Community Garden, QGarden, run by QVC employees, on site at QVC. Employees volunteer in the garden all year long and donate the harvest to local food pantries. This year to date, the QGarden has harvested about 1,500 pounds of produce.
About David Venable: A program host at QVC since 1993, David is host of the hit show, In the Kitchen with David®. While not a chef, he is well-known to his dedicated fans as ”QVC’s resident foodie”. In October 2012, he released his first cookbook, In the Kitchen with David: Comfort Foods That Take You Home—which contains 150 hearty, easy-to-make recipes designed with the home cook in mind. David believes that meal time is the ideal time for families to gather, and takes joy “in knowing that our donation will help families in need enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.”
About Hunger and the Chester County Food Bank*
· Approximately 50 million, or one in six people, in America face hunger.
· Each year, more than 900,000 individuals are at risk of food insecurity in the Delaware Valley
· More than 70,000 men, women and children in Chester County will not have enough food to bring to their tables today.
· Last year, the Chester county Food Bank distributed more than 2.1 million pounds of food, equivalent to 2.7 million meals, to more than 90 food cupboards and meal sites throughout the county.
· The Chester County Food Bank has partnered with schools to provide a Nutrition Education Program that focuses on teaching children how to make healthy choices and for families to learn how to incorporate healthy foods into their daily lives.
* Statistics source: Chester County Food Bank and Philabundance
How people can help in their communities:
· Make a monetary donation to local food bank
· Host a food drive
· Buy one, give one during your next trip to the grocery store.
· Donate a turkey and the sides
· When people ask what to bring to a holiday gathering, suggest a donation to the Food Bank.
How to donate: Items can be donated at the Chester County Food Bank:
610 Pennsylvania Drive in Exton,
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm and most Tuesdays until 7pm.
More at www.ChesterCountyfoodbank.org