Baby Food Fund is a Chester County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organization that donates food for babies in need. Since its founding in 2014, Baby Food Fund has donated more than 2 tons of baby food to benefit babies throughout Chester County.

Baby Food Fund is the dream-come-true of its young founder, Mary Hyson. In 2014, at 6 years of age, Mary was sad that there were many people who could not get enough food to eat. She built a donation box, placed it in her neighborhood, and soon collected $30. When she talked with her parents about how $30 could help the millions of hungry people in the world, Mary decided to focus on helping babies because “They can’t help themselves.” She used the $30 to buy baby food that she donated to a local shelter.

In November 2014, with the help of her parents, Mary collected the money necessary for Baby Food Fund to incorporate and become a nationally recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Baby Food Fund hosts an annual baby food drive in collaboration with Mary’s school. The Fund is also generously supported through the Share the Plate program at her church, the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester.

Baby Food Fund has established a collaborative relationship with Chester County Food Bank. The Fund purchases baby food with financial donations and delivers the food to Chester County Food Bank, which distributes the baby food wherever it is most needed in the county.

In the future, Mary hopes to expand Baby Food Fund to meet the need in all of Pennsylvania, the United States, and eventually go international.

Mary’s first visit to Chester County Food Bank, with former Executive Director Larry Welsch