Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Please note our new office phone number: 484-278-4214.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the food bank has moved to a delivery model for residents of Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough. If you have never been to the food bank, and if you are a resident of Lower Merion Township or Narberth Borough, please visit us at 201 Sabine Avenue on Tuesdays between 10 am and 2 pm. We can provide food upon your first visit, and we’ll help you sign up for future Tuesday deliveries. If you live outside Lower Merion or Narberth, you are welcome to visit the food bank on any Tuesday between 10 am and 2 pm to receive food. All that’s required is a completed TEFAP Self-Declaration of Need form in English or in Spanish. If you do not have access to a printer, the form can be filled out when you visit the food bank for the first time.
So many of you have shared your generosity with the food bank and we are ever thankful. We again ask for your patience during this unprecedented time. We are feeding three times the number of households we were before Covid-19. Due to Covid-19 we are operating at a 45% reduction in staff and we may not be able to answer phone messages or email immediately. Many of our previous on-site tasks have been outsourced, and physical mail services are taking four to five weeks longer than in 2019. Please understand we are possibly facing Covid-19 every time we serve guests at our site and we have the same scares, sleepless nights, and anxiety as many of you. We appreciate your consideration. Thank you from all of us!
We will be closed to external business on Fridays as we attempt to re-focus internally on continuing to meet the ongoing crisis. Please give us an opportunity to recover and schedule a different day for visits, calls, or donations.
If you have an infant or child under the age of 5, or if you’re pregnant, or breastfeeding in the first year of your infants life, or not breastfeeding in the first six months of your infant’s life, and would like to apply for Pennsylvania WIC, their website explains further eligibility requirements and how to apply by phone or online.
If you are unemployed, you can begin your initial claim online.
If you have low income and limited resources, you may be able to receive cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
These items are currently of most need (Updated 4/26/2021):
Canned fruit/fruit cups
Canned chili/beef stew
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, bbq sauce)
Baking soda and baking powder
Dried fruits and nuts
Canned salmon and chicken (but we have plenty of tuna!)
Spray cleaning products (409, Windex, etc.)
Covid-19 Response Information
As you are aware, the situation regarding Covid-19 is changing rapidly. The Narberth Community Food Bank is in contact with county, state and federal governments and health officials to ensure our procedures help slow the spread of the virus. We are following recommended guidelines to protect our guests and our volunteers.
Food pantries and soup kitchens are considered an essential service and will remain open in Montgomery County. The Narberth Community Food Bank will remain OPEN.
We know our lines may be long when the food bank is open. Cars may be parked on Sabine Avenue for extended periods. The Food Bank may be asked to participate as a prepared meal pick-up site for students, seniors, and delivery teams. We ask for your patience and understanding while we attempt to meet the needs of our neighbors.
Our county-wide food networks (The Montco Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN), the Share Food Program, and Philabundance) are working with us to fill the meal gaps facing Narberth and Lower Merion Township residents due to the closing of area schools and senior day centers. We need your help too!
We are asking for your direct help in three ways:
Donate Food: Shelf stable items; see our updated “Most Needed” list at https://narberthcommunityfoodbank.org/donations/
Volunteer: We need additional volunteers to pack bags and additional delivery drivers for Tuesdays. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial donations: Funding in this time is crucial. The crisis requires we are open additional hour and days of service, purchase additional equipment, additional insurance, and other unforeseen expenses. Visit https://narberthcommunityfoodbank.org/donations/ and click the yellow Donate button to contribute via PayPal or credit card.
Our response to Covid-19 as stated above is available as a PDF for download and distribution to anyone who needs help, or can volunteer to help us assist others.
As always, we thank you for your support!
Be safe and be well,
Gigi Tevlin-Moffat, and all of us at NCFB.
The Narberth Community Food Bank is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the Pennsylvania Board of Charitable Organizations. The food bank was formed to provide food to people in our community who need assistance. We are an equal opportunity provider and adhere to the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.
The NCFB is located at 201 Sabine Ave, 2nd Floor, Narberth, PA 19072. We are open to Narberth borough and Lower Merion Township residents on Tuesdays between 10 am and 2 pm.
The Narberth Community Food bank operates with the generous support of the Narberth and Lower Merion communities. If you are an individual who would like to volunteer, please fill out our volunteer contact form below. If you want to make a donation, please see the details on our Donation page.
The food bank is operated by a core of dedicated local volunteers who value the right of access to healthy food for every community member. Please understand that our volunteer team donates their time and services and cannot always be available to receive donations or respond to inquiries. Our regular donation times are Tuesdays between 9 AM and 2:30 PM. If another time is convenient for you, there is a donation box through the front doors in the first floor lobby (Monday to Friday access to the building only).
Volunteer Contact Form
If you would like to volunteer your time at the Food Bank, please complete and submit the form below and someone will respond to you as soon as we can.