WEST CHESTER (April 13, 2020) – The Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau recently made a $1,000 donation to the Chester County Food Bank in honor of state Senator Andy Dinniman.

In a letter and certificate accompanying the donation, Farm Bureau President Dan Miller wrote that the donation was made “in recognition and appreciation of the dedication and service of Senator Andrew Dinniman to the farming community of Chester County.”

Dinniman, who is retiring at the end of this year, said he was honored and humbled by the gesture and encouraged others to support local nonprofit organizations and food cupboards, which continue to fill a vital need in our communities during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“We’re all continuing to work to meet the challenges and obstacles of this unprecedented emergency. I know many farmers, businesses, and families are facing tough times and this shows just how important it is that we continue to work together and support each other as a community,” Dinniman said. “I want to thank them all, as well as the staff at the Chester County Food Bank, for their important and vital work.”

Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said the honor combined two areas – agriculture and food banks – that have always been an important part of his work as first a Chester County Commissioner and now a state Senator.

More than 25 years ago, Dinniman helped found the Chester County Gleaning Program, in which local farmers would donate a portion of their crops to feed the hungry. The successful initiative grew into the Chester County Food Bank, a nationally recognized program.

“I grew up on a dairy farm, so agriculture always has held a special place in my heart,” Dinniman said. “And here in Chester County and Pennsylvanian, farming is not only a big part of our economy and our heritage, but farmers and family farms also continue to lead the way in terms of civic service and giving back to those in need.”

The Chester County Food Bank is continuing to operate during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The organization is working with the Chester County Health Department to help ensure safety. In that regard, the Food Bank has suspended volunteer activities and is currently only accepting monetary donations.

“Like many organizations, Chester County Food Bank has been forced to take some steps to limit interaction, mitigate potential risks, and help ensure health and safety,” Dinniman said. “However, it’s important that people know that the food bank continues to operate as an essential service.”

For more information, visit https://chestercountyfoodbank.org/