KENNETT SQUARE—For the past 15 years, the Manfredi family of Kennett Square quietly and anonymously donated more than 1,000 turkeys and chickens annually to the Kennett Food Cupboard. The donations took place every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it was the family’s way of giving back to the community.

This year, word got out that the Manfredi family was responsible for the huge influx of chickens and turkeys over the holidays, and food cupboard officials decided to publicly acknowledge their generosity.

“The Manfredi family has a heart of charity and great love for this community,” said Leah Reynolds, executive director of Kennett Area Community Service (KACS). “We are fortunate they call this area home. We are thankful they ‘love thy neighbor,’ and emphasize its importance by their generosity.”

Reynolds said the Manfredi family’s donations have made the holidays brighter for families who otherwise would have gone hungry.

“For the past 15 to 20 years, that family has supported the food cupboard at Thanksgiving and Christmas and they have donated all of the meat during those times,” Reynolds said. “Not one time over all these years have they even allowed people to talk about what they do.”

Reynolds said Manfredi Cold Storage has grown into an integral part of the Kennett area community providing employment opportunities while engaging in quiet philanthropy.

“Frank, John and Frankie Jr. have always been guys that this community can count on,” Reynolds said. “Their inconspicuous giving has been the norm with Manfredi.”

In 2020, 16,447 visits were made to our the Kennett Food Cupboard. Last year, 306 families living well below the poverty level received Thanksgiving meals through the Kennett Food Cupboard.

Since the 1930s, the Manfredi has provided cold storage, international repacking, logistics services, inland transportation, and national freight services.

KACS, home of the Kennett Food Cupboard works to end poverty, strengthening the community in Southern Chester County through food, housing and crisis services. Located in Kennett Square, KACS services the Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove and Unionville Chadds-Ford school districts.

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