A $450,000 donation will help feed hungry Delaware County residents

DELAWARE COUNTY, PA – Thanks to Aqua Pennsylvania, a sizeable donation will help feed hungry Delaware County residents.

The Share Food Program announced a $450,000 donation from the Essential Foundation, the charitable arm of Aqua Pennsylvania.

Presented by Aqua employees during a volunteer day, the check established a new multi-year partnership to provide famine relief to Delaware County residents served by both organizations.

As a lead sponsor, Aqua’s donation will support the completion of Share Food Programs’ new 9,000 square foot warehouse in Ridley Township and support ongoing operations to improve access to life-saving resources for residents.

“With food prices soaring, we are seeing a record number of people queuing in front of our partners food supplies. Delaware County residents shouldn’t have to choose between paying their bills and buying groceries for their families,” said Ellie, program director for Share Food Crowell’s Delaware County program. “We are so grateful to the Essential Foundation and Aqua for this important funding and support of our efforts to ensure our neighbors have better access to nutritious and decent food and resources.”

Share — the largest food relief organization in the region — became Delaware County’s lead agency for state and federal food distribution last year.

As part of its operations, the organization uses partnerships with local schools and pantries to fulfill its mission to eliminate food insecurity through improved food distribution, education and advocacy.

The donation was presented by Chris Franklin, Chairman and CEO of Essential Utilities, and Marc Lucca, President of Aqua Pennsylvania, during a volunteer event at Share headquarters that brought 30 employees together to help pack over 700 boxes of groceries , which are distributed to low-income seniors through the organization’s Senior Food Box program.

“The Essential Foundation is thrilled to be the Delaware County Lead Sponsor for the Share Food Program, this is such an important community resource that aligns closely with our mission to provide essential resources,” Franklin said. “It’s especially important because we support the county where we were founded, where we grew and where so many of our employees live and work. It is a special moment for us to be able to make such a large donation to our neighbors in need.”

Aqua will also provide volunteer hours and technical expertise through participation on an advisory committee to support Share’s work in Delaware County.

In addition, Aqua employees have the opportunity to learn more about food insecurity and its impact.

“I am so impressed with the work Share employees, volunteers and donors are doing to help those affected by food insecurity in the communities where we operate,” said Lucca. “I am proud to sponsor this organization.”