Recently PentaHealth, The Chester County Food Bank, and Hillsdale Elementary School in the West Chester Area school district partnered in supporting the building and in maintaining a large, beautiful community garden. The Garden is located behind Hillsdale school, and it is in very close proximity to the outdoor classroom. It has been a great educational resource for the children as a learning tool and for the community as a source for fresh produce. 

The Garden is run by very dedicated volunteers, teachers, and students, and supported by the school’s PTO. PentaHealth has been a financial beneficiary of the Hillsdale Community Garden through the PTO since its inception. Since the Garden has been created more than 800 lbs. of food was able to be delivered to the Chester County Food Bank in the 2022 growing season. In 2023 with continued support the Garden will have 3 growing seasons with hopes of a larger amount of food supplied to the Chester County Food Bank. The plants and seedlings are supplied by Chester County Food Bank. 

This effort is to ensure the children at Hillsdale Elementary continue to learn the importance of growing and eating healthy food as well as providing an incredible resource to their community. PentaHealth loves being able to support and be part of this community!