WEST CHESTER (October 20, 2021) – State Senator Carolyn Comitta and state Representative Melissa Shusterman are organizing a food drive this November to benefit residents, families, and seniors in need throughout the Phoenixville area.

Donations can be dropped at Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS), located at 101 Buchanan Street in Phoenixville, on Thursday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Drive-through contactless drop-off is available.

All nonperishable food, cleaning and personal care items are appreciated, provided they are unopened and unexpired.

Holiday needs, include:

  • Stuffing
  • Gravy (packets)
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Cake mix
  • Canned:
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Fruit
    • Green beans
    • Corn
    • Cranberry sauce
  • Cereal 
  • Vegetable oil and canola oil
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper, tissue, and paper towels
  • Diapers and pull-ups

“Food insecurity has become a greater concern for many households during this pandemic. No family should have to worry about putting food on the table,” state Senator Carolyn Comitta said. “I appreciate PACS and all our local agencies for working to support and uplift Chester County families during these difficult times. As we approach the holidays, I encourage those who can to donate, volunteer, or help out in any way possible. Together, we can ensure that the joy of the holiday season reaches every corner of the community.”

State Representative Melissa Shusterman added, “Food insecurity has the potential to affect anyone. I am so pleased to partner with Senator Comitta to facilitate this food drive to help those in need. No one deserves to go hungry, and I know our community is eager to support our most vulnerable.”

Since 1972, Phoenixville Area Community Services, a registered nonprofit organization has served as a food pantry, meal provider, referral service and food security resource for residents of Phoenixville and the surrounding region.

At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, their work was more important than ever. PACS received over 45,000 requests for food, five times their usual requests for assistance. PACS has also served to assist over twelve local agencies and nonprofits with food security concerns.

Learn more about their PACS’ mission or how to donate at www.pacsphx.org