Helping Individuals & Families
Food insecure families and individuals in our territory are invited to visit us during our hours of food distribution, which are currently:
- Wednesday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m.
- Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m.
- Saturday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m.
Please bring with you proof of residency (such as a current utility bill) and a photo ID (such as a driver’s license). Pantry volunteers will help you by filling out the necessary paperwork and by answering any questions you may have.
If you have any questions prior to visiting the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry, please call us at (610) 489-5540. We are here to help!
The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry is currently open on Wednesdays from 9 – 11 a.m., Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 – 11 a.m. On Thursday afternoons and Friday evenings, the pantry welcomes volunteers who restock shelves and prepare for service the following morning. The pantry is also open during the week, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – Noon to accept donations and during food emergencies to accept food drop-offs from community partners.
Holiday Baskets & Holiday Party
During the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter holidays, the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry collects special holiday meals for program participants. Inside each holiday “basket” is the fixings for a complete meal, including a main dish, side dishes, and dessert.
In addition to the holiday baskets, the food pantry offers donated toys and the opportunity for pantry participants to “shop” for their loved ones. Dark colored trash bags are provided so that children visiting the food pantry with their parents do not see the gifts being selected for them. Food pantry volunteers care for participants’ children during this time.
Small gifts are available for adults, as well. Each year, the gifts are different based on what is donated. Most often, there has often been a display of warm hats, gloves, and scarves. Sometimes there are new shoes or winter coats donated by a local store.
Beyond the Christmas food and gift baskets, the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry presents a festive, annual Christmas party, offering dinner, special holiday entertainment, and camaraderie. Many local musicians of all ages have played Christmas carols during the party, and puppet plays and craft workshops have been offered for children. Additionally, the food pantry has provided Christmas pictures with Santa for families to keep as a happy reminder of the evening.
School Supply Drive
Recognizing the cost and need of school supplies, Heidelberg UCC in Schwenksville researches the school supply lists of all local schools – and every grade – attended in its service area. Using donations from volunteers, civic organizations, churches, and retail stores, the food pantry offers school book bags filled with the items youth need, from writing utensils, folders, and flash drives, to hand sanitizer, tissue boxes, and binders.
The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry offers coupons for discounted haircuts. The food pantry is able to offer this free service because of the generosity of a local salon owner who volunteers at the pantry and recognizes the value a stylish haircut.
Understanding the nutritional value of food selections and the benefits of meal planning is important for individuals and families. As a result, the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry has provided nutrition counseling once each month, as well as an assortment of recipes that can be made using ingredients obtained from the food pantry.
In addition, volunteers from the food pantry provide, at least once each month, free samples of meals made using a list of healthy ingredients, as well as a copy of the recipe for all pantry participants.
Assistance with Home Projects
The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry has close partnerships with active local churches that understand that house projects often do not receive the attention they need because of many other pressing matters vying for attention. Volunteers from these churches form teams that attend to house projects of all kinds, from yard work and house organization, to painting and repairs.
Information & Referral
Many food pantry participants have significant needs that exceed the receipt of emergency food. At nearly every opening of the food pantry, volunteers help to connect participants with Montgomery County service providers who can help, as well as state and community resources that are available. For example, the food pantry provides a Montgomery County provider resource directory for participants to review, as well as a list of routinely updated, affordable housing rentals owned by private landlords whose properties are located in the pantry service area.