MARCH 2017 – Stock the Box! (Community Food Box Project)

MARCH 2017 – Stock the Box! (Community Food Box Project)

***SPONSORSHIP CLOSED (for now). Goto our home page to see the latest goings on! Once we have the food boxes installed, we’ll update this post with instructions on how to help us stock them on an ongoing basis!***

STOCK the BOX!!!

For our March sponsorship we are undertaking a community project!! Eric and Jess Lupacckino along with Rosaria Hawkins and Annawyn & Nathan Laing of Habitat Studios have all collaborated to bring us the IT TAKES A VILLAGE COMMUNITY FOOD BOX PROJECT!!!!! Similar to ‘blessing boxes’ these open access containers will be installed along the business Rt. 30 corridor from Downingtown, through Caln to Coatesville. In addition, the boxes will spread the healing nature of art as 4 local artists (and your kiddos!) have generously volunteered to paint the boxes with ‘Good Neighbor’ themed murals!

We need you to ‘Stock the Box’ and donate non-perishable food items and personal toiletries that will be available to anyone in need. See below for guidelines on what to bring. Now, could you just stop by on a quick fly-by mission, drop your donations, get a smile, and move on? Sure thing, we’ll be there from 10-12. HOWEVER, should you choose to take your time and stay a while, you can:

Not only will we have music, if you stay a while, you can participate in these fun activities:

  • Kids can PAINT THE BOX we have onsite!
  • Enjoy coffee, cocoa and DONUTS!
  • Enter to win one of our many RAFFLE PRIZES! (Vera Bradley Weekender Bag, Lula Roe Leggings, a Free 5 Week Vitality Plan a Free Couples Dance Lesson, a Free Piano Lesson, a special gift from the Artists, an Fun Gardening Item, a Free Organic Gardening Consult at your home, a $25 Wegmans Gift Card, and more!!!)
  • Meet your NEIGHBORS and other like minded generous souls!
  • Sign up to be on the BOX COMMITTEE to help maintain and protect our positive intentions!
  • Chat with Deborah Kates** with LET’S GET DIRTY! Learn to Love Organic Gardening! She’ll be there to answer any and all of your organic gardening questions (swing by to earn extra chances in the raffle!)


253 Municipal Drive, Thorndale PA 19372
Saturday, March 11th, 2017
10 am – 12 pm


  • Non-perishable food items in cans or plastic packaging, food staples with long shelf life
  • Foods with protein like tuna, jerky, peanut butter, tuna/chicken salad kits
  • Gloves, socks, bandaids, deodorant
  • Chapstick, Lotion, Sunscreen
  • Tissues, Toothbrush/Paste, Wet-wipes
  • Things in small personal packages
  • Feminine Products
  • Pet Food


  • Items in glass, paper or other non-weather and varmint safe packaging
  • Razors or anything potentially unsafe
  • Soap, shampoo, hand sanitizer, mouthwash
  • Anything in large containers
  • Anything with alcohol
  • Use your best judgement but don’t over-think it, anything considered not ‘box safe’ will still be used and will be donated to the Lord’s Pantry

WITH SINCERE THANKS: We couldn’t have pulled this off without the help of representatives from all three communities who coordinated and planned the placement and installation of these boxes, as well as a generous local business who donated the materials. Many thanks goes to Josh Maxwell, Mayor of Downingtown; Kristen Denne, Caln Township Manager, gets MAJOR KUDOS for also helping with our last minute location change; Coatesville Council Member Marie Lawson; AGS of Exton is our major corporate sponsor and donated all materials to build the boxes. Other sponsors include: Wegmans, Dunkin’ Donuts and everyone who donated to our raffle! Also, our local artists who have donated time, talent and creativity to make our boxes unlike any others…Nathan Laing, Josh Ruggeri, Mark Flemming and Faith Davis!!

**Let’s Get Dirty! Learn to Love Organic Gardening is a force of Nature in Chester County and beyond! Through her wellness presentations at libraries, corporations, hospitals, schools and garden clubs, founder/instructor and avant gardener Deborah Kates loves helping people grow food without toxic chemicals, so they can dig on stress relief, exercise, nutrition, money-saving, and positive mental outlook!


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