If you're looking to donate goods, please bring them by our front desk during normal business hours. Learn more about the YMCA Community Resource Pantries made possible with support from generous donors and the United Way.
Where are the community resource pantries located?
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine hosts three community resource pantries - at the Brandywine YMCA in Coatesville, the Lionville Community YMCA in Exton and the Oscar Lasko YMCA in downtown West Chester, Pa.
What items can I donate to the community resource pantries?
We accept donations year-round. Here are examples for each location.
- The Brandywine YMCA location collects, Shelf-stable food, personal care items, and school supplies. Shelf-stable food includes cereal, canned fruits and veggies, instant meals, rice, beans, bottled water, healthy snacks, canned goods, oil, pasta & sauce, grains, oatmeal, and spices. Personal care items include shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush & toothpaste, soap, feminine products, diapers, paper towels, dryer sheets, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry pods, lotion, brown paper bags, Ziploc bags, garbage bags, and unused Tupperware. School supplies include backpacks, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, binders, folders, pens & pencils, and highlighters. You can also help by volunteering your time at the food and resource pantry.
- The Lionville Community YMCA branch welcomes donations of non-perishable food items, personal care items, school supplies and toiletries for babies and young families. Items include: canned soup, rice, pasta, granola bars, tomato paste, tuna fish, beans (canned and bagged), healthy snacks for kids, cereal, condiments, bottled water, diapers sizes 1-6, baby formula, baby wipes, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower sandals and seeds for vegetable gardens.
- The Oscar Lasko location collects toiletries - including shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, conditioner, feminine products, diapers, etc. We are working to be supplemental to the items available at food banks.
How can I use the pantry?
The resource pantry is available for everyone. Period.
Brandywine YMCA: please contact,ext. 2426 or by stopping by the front desk after 5:00 PM on Fridays.
Lionville Community YMCA: Located in our main lobby, our pantry is open to all members of the community, no questions asked. Anyone may access the pantry to select items during regular branch hours -- "Take what you need, give what you can."
Oscar Lasko YMCA: Simply stop by the front desk and let them know you would like to collect items from the pantry.