We are excited that this generous gift has been offered as a solution to KACS's need for a permanent home for the future. Kennett Area Community Service (KACS), home of the Kennett Food Cupboard has been serving the community of southern Chester County with food, emergency assistance, crisis services, and facilitating workshops based on the Bridges Out of Poverty model. Despite the challenges this past year has created for organizations, this nonprofit has continued to meet the ever-increasing need for help. KACS has undergone many challenges and hardships itself this year. First the fire in the food cupboard, then COVID19’s overwhelming demand causing KACS to create new systems and ways of responding to the hundreds of families that have come to KACS because of the devastating economic fallout from the shutdowns, quarantines, and layoffs. This past August, KACS’s Resource Center was flooded multiple times from storms that went through the region. The small building at 138 West Cedar Street flooded multiple times from groundswells of rainwater underneath the building. The heavy rains that occurred in the area caused over 5 inches of water to come up through the flooring in multiple places – multiple times. The water-saturated the flooring and walls. The flooring and walls had to be removed. KACS is leasing two small trailers to help provide some office space for the caseworkers. However, there are no longer offices in the building at 138 West Cedar for our caseworkers, nor are there offices for the many partner agencies that used to meet with participants at KACS (before COVID19), nor a conference room. There is no access now for the homeless to shower or wash their clothes. KACS’s situation is dire. In 2020, KACS has had over 17,000 visits to the food cupboard. Our emergency assistance team has helped more than 516 unduplicated families with case management and many others with crisis services. KACS has paid out $679,710 in emergency assistance. We have seen housing emergencies result from layoffs, temporary school and business closures, positive COVID tests, hospitalizations, and household quarantines due to a family member testing positive or dying from COVID. Additionally, KACS has stably rehoused 35 households from homelessness or imminent homelessness in 2020. In November of 2019, a few weeks after the fire in the Food Cupboard, Michael and Nancy Pia’s 8-year-old granddaughter and her classmates dropped off the food they had collected in school. After the visit to the Food Cupboard, Nancy Pia received a phone call from her 8-year-old granddaughter. She said, “Mimi! You have to help KACS.” Nancy Pia called Leah Reynolds, the Executive Director of KACS the next day. They arranged a time to meet, and Nancy visited KACS and saw the two buildings, and met some of the staff and volunteers. Michael and Nancy Pia called Leah Reynolds again right after March 13, 2020, and asked how they could help KACS help families. Michael and Nancy Pia made an immediate grant to KACS to help families. Throughout 2020 the Pia’s kept in contact with KACS. Recently, understanding the multiple issues KACS is experiencing with the limited, small space they have, the Pia’s have generously committed to providing the land and initial funding to begin to create a permanent home for KACS. As you may imagine, being forced to be outside, in the street to work with someone in crisis puts undo added stress on the individual and families that are already burdened, overwhelmed, and isolated by poverty. Michael and Nancy Pia are 'living kindness' in action and hopefully the springboard for others to support this important project: a home for KACS. To keep up to date on this project and other exciting news at KACS, please go online at www.kacsonline.net and sign up to receive our newsletter.
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Nuevo horario de la despensa en el mes de diciembre Updated Food Distribution Hours
April 2021 4/2, 4/19, 4/16 & 4/21 11am-6pm
Non-perishable Food Donations
We are excited to announce our new food donation location. Beginning January 12, 2021 we will be accepting ALL food donations at 600 South Broad Street in Kennett Square (across from the Kennett High School). Your generosity during this difficult time is greatly appreciated!
Connecting our neighbors in need with food, shelter and a path forward.
KACS has been connecting our neighbors in need with food, for more than 60 years. We feed over 1.000 people per month and are one of the largest food cupboards in Chester County. Our Food Cupboard is an open-choice pantry allowing participants to make their own food selections from the shelves. We rely on the generosity of the community for donations and a team of approximately 75 volunteers every month.
KACS is the premier agency for southern Chester County. We work with Chester County and the Decade to Doorways program to end homelessness, along with many other social service agencies and organizations. We strongly believe that everyone should have a place to live, and no-one should have to worry about where they will sleep or put their children to bed. Our case management team works with vulnerable individuals and families to create sustainable living solutions. We do this by providing emergency assistance and case management. Together, with the help of our partner agencies we connect families and individuals with short/long-term options for rapid rehousing. Due to COVID-19, our laundry and shower facilities are not currently available for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Our case management team continues to work with participants via phone and by appointment.
Reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community are goals on which most communities agree. The Bridges Out of Poverty community support program at KACS provides a family of concepts, workshops, and products to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.
Are you in need of transportation? Usted necesita transportacion?
The SCCOOT bus is available for transportation throughout Chester County. The nearest bus stop to KACS is on the corner of West Cedar & Center Streets in Kennett Square. Please click the button below for more information.