• Food items in a grocery bag

  • Stock the Shelves!

    Chester County Head Start and Pre-K Counts programs at the Gordon Early Literacy Center (GELC), are excited to announce the opening of The Market Club, a place where families of students at GELC are able to “shop” at no cost for essential food and household items. This project, in partnership with Chester County Food Bank, will rely on community donations to meet the needs of families and keep the shelves stocked.

    Please help us stock the following items:

    Pantry Items

    • Beans (black beans, vegetarian, pinto)
    • Canned fruit (mixed fruit, applesauce, peaches, pineapples, pears)
    • Canned tomatoes (crushed, diced, and/or sauce)
    • Canned tuna and chicken
    • Canned vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, carrots, kale, collard greens, mixed vegetables)
    • Cereal (low sugar)
    • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo)
    • Cooking & vegetable oil
    • Grains (white rice, brown rice)
    • Peanut & nut butter
    • Pasta (elbow, spaghetti)
    • Rice cakes
    • Saltine crackers
    • Soup & beef stew
    • Spices
    • Tortillas

    Refrigerated/Frozen Items

    • Cheese
    • Eggs
    • Fresh fruits & vegetables
    • Frozen proteins (poultry/fish)
    • Organic milk
    • Yogurt (variety of flavors)

    Household Items

    • Dish soap
    • Laundry detergent
    • Paper towels
    • Toilet paper

    *Important notices: no glass; donated items should be in date.


  • Donation Drop Off:

    Gordon Early Literacy Center (351 Kersey St, Coatesville, PA 19320)

    Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon (closed on school holidays)

    Need an alternate drop-off time? Please contact Terry Kenworthy at TerryK@cciu.org or 610-383-6800.


    More ways you can help:

    1. Donate a gift card (grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Amazon)

    2. Monetary donation

    3. Shop our Amazon wish list