Monthly Archives: July 2011

Vanguard’s “All Cans on Deck” food drive collects 31,070 pounds

By Larry Haas, Development Director

I was excited to be a part of Vanguard’s “All Cans on Deck” food drive earlier this month! The company’s associates in Wayne, PA were successful in collecting more than 31,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Delaware! The campaign, now in its 15th year, benefits food banks and hot-meal programs that are within communities where Vanguard operates. A special thanks to Vanguard Chairman and CEO, Bill McNabb, for supporting the initiative. He is here pictured with other Vanguard team members!

Thanks to 12,000-plus crew members at Vanguard’s three U.S. locations, this year’s drive was their most successful ever! The crew collected 1.16 million food, personal-care and pet items for at-need families across the country. The 2011 drive surpassed 2010’s record by more than 200,000 items!

To help surpass last year’s total, Vanguard employees organized numerous company and department-wide events including, chili and dessert cook-offs, car shows, Hawaiian-shirt days, water balloon tosses, volleyball and tug-of-war games, can structure events and more!

We’re so happy that Vanguard recognizes the critical need for food donations during the summer months. Their donation will help us replenish empty shelves and provide 23,900 meals to Delawareans in need!

The “All Cans on Deck” drive was coordinated by Vanguard Community Volunteers, a volunteer-led program that coordinates activities throughout the year to assist diverse groups of children, families, people with disabilities, the elderly and others in the community.

Here are some more photos from the drive, including a few FBD staff members with our friends from Vanguard!

If your company is interested in holding a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware, please contact Jim Weir, Operations Director, at (302) 444-8073 or jweir@fbd.org.

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Mike Castle to serve as Capital Campaign Chairman

We are very excited to announce that former Congressman, Mike Castle, has signed on to serve as Campaign Chair for our capital campaign to expand the Milford Branch.

Through the expansion, we are planning to essentially double the size of our current facilty in Milford. The demand for food assistance especially in Kent and Sussex Counties, where rural landscapes and limited transportation infrastructures dominate, has sharply increased. Because of these new demands we must expand soon. Currently, volunteers do not have enough space to work out of, more storage is needed for food and, most importantly, we need space to house our Culinary School so we can provide valuable job training skills to residents of our state’s southern counties.

“We’re thrilled to have Mike’s leadership on this important initiative for our organization,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “As a Delawarean who is committed to the wellbeing of all residents of the First State, Mike Castle is the perfect person to help lead our state towards a community free of hunger.”

“It has been a great pleasure to work with the Food Bank of Delaware through the years,” said Castle. “I agreed to serve as Chairman of the Capital Campaign because I believe in their vision and trust in their work ethic.  It is our goal in launching this campaign to raise $3.2 million – allowing the Food Bank to double the size of the Milford Branch, leverage new partnerships, increase program efficiency statewide, and provide more effective resource allocation to feed hungry Delawareans. I hope that you’ll consider working with us to help achieve this goal, and ultimately work toward a community free of hunger.”

To learn more about the expansion project, please visit www.fbdfeedingourfuture.org.

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Enjoy “An Evening in the Garden”

We’re excited to celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community with our friends from the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) on Thursday, August 11 at our third annual Evening in the Garden! The event will be held under a tent outside the Garden for the Community (off Route 896 in Newark behind the Girl Scouts building).

The evening will feature garden-fresh foods prepared by from our culinary team, wine and beer tastings from local wineries and breweries including Paradocx Winery, Victory Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. In addition, there will be tours of the garden, ice cream from the UD Creamery and a great assortment of raffle items from local businesses!

The evening’s menu features foods straight from the Garden for the Community. Our culinary team will serve Gulf shrimp and cucumber soup, flame-broiled vegetable terrine, juice watermelon and Grecian feta salad, summer sweet corn and Chesapeake crab salad, Indian eggplant parmesan rolls, slow-roasted chimichurri chicken with fried okra, fresh triple berry trifle and more.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Royal Palm Steel Band.

“We’re proud to be able to continue our partnership with the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “Last year close to 170 guests had a
wonderful time touring the garden, tasting local wines and enjoying a fresh menu straight from the garden. We hope that this year more members from the community are able to join us to help raise money for Delawareans who are struggling to put meals on the table.”

“The Garden for the Community represents the core mission of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources—helping to feed the world in a sustainable manner,” said Tom Sims, deputy dean of CANR and the T.A. Baker Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry. “During 2009 and 2010, the Garden for the
Community produced more than six tons of fresh produce. The goal is to have an even more bountiful harvest in 2011.”

Tickets for the event are $40/person or $15/student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. To purchase tickets, please contact Kim Kostes at (302) 444-8074 or kkostes@fbd.org. Online registration is also available at http://www.fbd.org/an-evening-in-the-garden/. Guests are also asked to bring a bag of nonperishable goods to assist the Food Bank in meeting increased demands for food assistance.

To learn more about the Garden for the Community, please visit http://ag.udel.edu/communitygarden/.

 

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Barclays responds to increased demand for food assistance by sponsoring mobile pantry

Barclays responded to news that food donations to the Food Bank of Delaware were down three million pounds by sponsoring a mobile food pantry in Wilmington on Friday.

A team of Barclays volunteers distributed a seven-day supply of nonperishable goods, fresh tomatoes, bread, a whole chicken and more to close to 300 families who lined up on the 700 block of North Monroe Street in Wilmington. The distributed boxes were packed earlier in the week by a group of Barclays volunteers who spent the day volunteering in the food bank’s Newark warehouse.

“We have volunteered with the food bank for years but taking part in the mobile pantry was a particularly meaningful experience,” said Sarah Tanner, a member of Barclays Community Relations team. “To see firsthand how great the need is in the local community was humbling. We are proud to partner with the Food Bank of Delaware and help them in their mission to help those on need.”

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support of Barclays,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “To assist us in distributing food, despite Friday’s scorching heat, shows Barclays true commitment to alleviating hunger in the First State. It’s because of these type of partnerships we’re able to provide much-needed food to nearly one in four Delawareans.”

Sponsorships of additional Food Bank of Delaware mobile pantries are available. To learn more about the opportunity, organizations and individuals may contact Larry Haas, Development Director, at (302) 294-0185. To learn more about volunteering at the Food Bank of Delaware, please visit www.fbd.org.

Check out some pictures from Friday’s distribution!

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Citizens Bank makes $5,000 gift to Backpack Program

The Citizens Bank Foundation announced yesterday a $5,000 grant to our Backpack Program as part of its hunger awareness initiative throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Deborah Khan (left), Senior Vice President, Community Relations for Citizens Bank, joined Scott Sukeena (middle), our Board Chairman and Senior Vice President of Citizens Bank, and our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe, yesterday for an official check presentation! We will use Citizens Bank’s generous grant to provide nutritious weekend meals to 25 children for a full school year!

The Backpack Program provides food to at-need children for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available. Backpacks are stocked with kid-friendly, nutritious food including shelf-stable milk and juice, peanut butter and jelly, granola bars, apple sauce, cereal and more. They are distributed on Fridays or the last day before a holiday or vacation in a discreet manner at sites where children normally congregate after school. These sites include churches, community centers, childcare centers, Kids Café sites and more.

Last year we distributed 55,846 backpacks through 48 statewide sites.

“The Citizens Bank Foundation believes helping children to get the food they need is critical,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President & CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “Agencies such as the Food Bank of Delaware perform vital work every day and we are happy to lend a helping hand.”

“We’re thankful for the help Citizens Bank provides in tackling the persistent problem of hunger, particularly as it relates to children,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “This contribution will significantly improve the quality of life for some of our residents.”

To learn more about the Backpack Program or the become a distribution site, please contact Stacy Stevens, Children’s Nutrition Program Coordinator, at (302) 444-8128 or sstevens@fbd.org.

Thanks again to Citizens Bank for their commitment to alleviating childhood hunger in the First State!

 

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Bringing the harvest home

(Video courtesy of University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources)

Volunteers spent this morning harvesting a cornucopia of fresh peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, tomatillos and more from the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community. Once they finished harvesting our mobile pantry truck was loaded and headed to Sparrow Run Park in Bear where volunteers distributed fresh produce, 30-pound meal boxes, chicken, fresh bread and other food items to 387 individuals.

“Working with the food bank’s mobile pantry allows our volunteers to experience theresult of their hard work in the garden and connect with the community,” said Dr. Tom Sims, University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Deputy Dean.  “Our students not only gain valuable lessons in what it takes to produce food, they start on a path of service.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a steady stream of fresh, locally-grown produce from the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “Because of the garden and other local partners we are able to provide families with healthy foods that they otherwise may not be able to afford.”

Renee Connor, a University of Delaware student and intern for the Garden for the Community said that contributing fresh produce to our  mobile pantry is important because it provides those in need with healthy foods. “Obviously feeding people in need is an important part, but it’s also important to give families healthier food, like fresh-picked produce. We’re giving them basil, peppers, eggplant, okra, squash, zucchini and tomatoes,” she said. “The partnership is a good way for people in the community to get involved and do something helpful for people who are in need of assistance.”

Through the mobile pantry program, a  truck travels to an underserved area during hours when clients find it easier to receive assistance. Thirty-pound meal boxes filled with enough nutritious food to feed four people for up to five meals are distributed.

The garden is located on a third of an acre on the University of Delaware’s CANR
campus. For more information about CANR, please visit www.ag.udel.edu.

To celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community, in partnership with our friends at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, we will hold our third annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held outside the garden. Tickets are $40/person. The price includes dinner, wine and entertainment. For more information or to attend the event, please visit www.fbd.org.

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Baked Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes … Potatoes everywhere

Q: What does a highway cleanup team do with tractor trailer load of potatoes scattered all over Route 113 in Milford? Make mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes or French fries?

A: Nope! They donate the salvaged potatoes to the Food Bank of Delaware!

Thanks to the generosity of the Delaware Department of Transportation’s (DelDOT) Highway cleanup team, hungry Delawareans will have an influx of potatoes in the coming days!

According to a report from The News Journal, a tractor-trailer driver pulling a load of potatoes failed to stop for an oncoming train on Sunday afternoon causing a collision. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but you can imagine the cleanup that was involved. Route 113 was closed in both directions for several hours. Highway officials separated the spilled spuds in two loads – salvagable and nonsalvagable. The potatoes that were not salvagable were dumped, but all of the potatoes that were still in good condition for consumption were donated to us!

In the coming days we’ll have volunteers help us sort through all of the potatoes and bag them up for hungry Delawareans.

Check out some pictures from this morning’s drop off:

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The Culinary School celebrates 27th graduating class

Thirteen students from our Culinary School were honored this morning for successfully completing the  Culinary Arts Skills Training program.

Under the instruction of Chef Instructor Mark Saunders, students have spent the past 12 weeks developing their skills in the culinary arts. From proper knife handling techniques to sautéing and braising, the
students are prepared for entry-level jobs in the culinary arts. A significant portion of their training included preparation of several large catering jobs for the food bank and other outside customers. In addition to culinary skills, the students also spent time developing skills in conflict resolution, anger management, interviewing, resume writing and more.

“This is the first step in what I hope and I’m sure will be a successful career in our industry,” said keynote speaker, William Tillinghast, VP Northeast Region, American Culinary Federation and Director, The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. “There is a level of human dignity that is
found in getting up, going to work and giving your best every day.”

“The empowerment life skills aspect of the program has really helped me grow as a person,” said graduate Lupe Hernandez. “I came to school very shy, but am now outgoing and really looking forward to my job prospects.”

Congratulations to the following graduates: Lionel Cardwell, Wilson Duckett, Tanisha Fullwood, Nyea Goldsberry, Antoine Hastings, Guadalupe Hernandez, Dylan Lathem, Keenan Midgette, Mossess Millner, Jackqueline Mims, Jon Sippel, Toni Williams and Denise Zuber.

The following students received special recognition for their accomplishments:

Perfect Attendance:
Lionel Cardwell
Keenan Midgette

Best Attitude
Wilson Duckett

Bank of America Most Improved-Bronze
Lupe Hernandez

ING Direct Leadership Award *New award-Silver
Lionel Cardwell

JP Morgan Chase Bank Most Dedicated Award-Gold
Keenan Midgette

Desserts by Dana Internship *New award
Lupe Hernandez

Culinary School C.A.R.E.S. Award *New Award
Chef Gaylan Maxson

Congratulations to the following students for landing employment post graduation!

  • Lionel Cardwell-Sodexo Discover Card *new account for Sodexo
  • Wilson Duckett- Sherms Café at the City/County Building
  • Mossess Milner- Sherms Café at the City County Building
  • Jacqueline Mims- Sherms Café at the New Castle County Government Center
  • Denise Zuber- Mary’s Kountry Kithcen
  • Dylan Lathem- Embassy Suites

Following today’s graduation ceremony, students showed off their newly-developed skills and prepared a “Summer Celebration” lunch for all. Guests enjoyed Tuscan garden grilled vegetables, sea island shrimp kabobs, back west beef kabobs, sweet tooth apple pie turnovers, very berry trifle and more.

Check out some pictures from today’s graduation:

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