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Feeding America President and CEO Vicki Escarra visits Food Bank of Delaware

Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity, spent the morning volunteering at our Newark warehouse and learning more about how our organization is alleviating hunger in the First State.

Our staff, United States Senator Chris Coons, State Representative Darryl Scott and other community representatives greeted Escarra with a breakfast reception before she headed to our industrial-sized kitchen to experience firsthand what it takes to feed hungry children in the state through the food bank’s Summer Nutrition Program. We operate the largest food bank-run summer feeding program in the country!

Wearing plastic gloves and hairnets, Vicki and our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe helped prepare more than 1,200 turkey and cheese sandwiches. In addition to making sandwiches, they also packed lunch bags filled with fruit and other snacks for children in need.

“It was a great day to be at the Food Bank of Delaware witnessing firsthand the work the organization does to alleviate hunger in the First State,” said Escarra. “I was especially impressed by the volume of meals produced by staff and volunteers to ensure that no child goes hungry during the summer months.  I applaud the Food Bank of Delaware’s commitment to achieve our network’s collective vision of a hunger-free America.”

“When Vicki told me she was wanted to visit the Food Bank of Delaware to see our Summer Nutrition Program for children, I was thrilled,” said Beebe. “When we told her she was going to be making sandwiches and packing lunches she jumped right in – hair net and all! She is truly an advocate for a community free of hunger. The Feeding America network is incredibly lucky to have her as a leader in our fight against domestic hunger.”

In addition to spending the morning volunteering, Vicki also met with our management team to learn more about our programs, operations, policy work and finances and how Feeding America and the food bank can work together with the nonprofit, business, education and government sectors to feed more people.

Thank you Vicki for visiting! We hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we did! To learn more about how the Feeding America food bank network is working to fight hunger on the national level, please visit www.feedingamerica.org.

Check out some photos from today’s visit!

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