WEST CHESTER, PA — Dunkin’ franchisees and crew members celebrated National Volunteer Month by lending a helping hand to the Chester County Food Bank. On March 31st, from 9 am to 12 pm, volunteers worked in the warehouse packing bags of food for the Chester County Food Bank’s Backpack Program.
National Volunteer Week was first established in 1974 as an annual celebration to promote volunteerism and show appreciation for those who volunteer their time and energy. It has since grown into National Volunteer Month, which is observed every April. This year, Dunkin’ wanted to do its part in giving back to the community and chose the Chester County Food Bank as a recipient of their generous donation of time.
The volunteers spent the morning filling up bags with fresh produce such as apples, oranges, bananas, and cereal boxes. They also packed non-perishable items like macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables, soups, and more that will be distributed through the Backpack Program to children throughout Chester County who are facing hunger.
“Our team was thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to our local community during National Volunteer Month here at Dunkin’,” said one of the franchisees onsite that day. “It was a great experience seeing everyone come together with a common goal – doing what we can do to help those in need in our own backyard.”
The Backpack Program is an invaluable asset for families struggling with food insecurity in Chester County. Through this program, children are able to receive meals over weekends or school vacations when they don’t have access to school cafeterias or free/reduced lunch programs.
National Volunteer Week is just one of many ways Dunkin’ gives back and works toward making a positive difference in people’s lives. This year, more than ever before, it was important for us all to come together for a common cause – fighting hunger and helping each other out during these unprecedented times.
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