Monthly Archives: May 2012

Eastpoint Community Church to host Saturday food drive

Recognizing the need for food assistance in our community, Eastpoint Community Church and Starbucks are partnering with us to conduct a community-wide food drive on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the People’s Plaza Shopping Center in the Glasgow area.  

Several drop-off locations will be set up for public drop off. They include:

 Main Drive-Up Location

  • Starbucks – 2470 Pulaski Hwy, Newark, DE. – live music will be provided!

Drop-Off Locations  (All of these stores are located in the People’s Plaza shopping center)

  • Starbucks
  • First State Seed and Garden Supply
  • British Bell Tea Room
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Hibachi Grill Buffet
  • Home Budget Center
  • La Piazza di Caruso
  • McGlynn’s Pub
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Town Hair Salon
  • Safeway
  • Applebee’s

The Food Bank of Delaware will provide donation barrels at the participating stores in People’s Plaza as well as a truck at Starbucks. The event and donation sites will be hosted by the people of Eastpoint Community Church, and all donations received will be delivered to the Food Bank that day!

Thank you to the members of Eastpoint Community Church for their commitment to a community free of hunger!

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Sanford School’s Empty Bowls event raises $9,018 for Food Bank of Delaware

Thank you to Sanford School for raising $9,018 from their recent Empty Bowls ice cream social! Staff and students, led by art teacher, Alex Ball, spent the past year crafting hundreds of handmade bowls specifically for the event. On Thursday, May 17 all of the bowls were on display for attendees. For a $10 donation individuals received one bowl and ice cream donated by Hy-Point Dairy. From the youngest children in kindergarten to students in the upper school, everyone at Sanford got involved with the project.

Three Food Bank of Delaware staff members had the opportunity to attend the event and purchase a bowl! It was so hard for the group to make a decision as all of the bowls were beautiful! The day’s festivities were well-organized and demonstrated Sanford’s  commitment to alleviating hunger in Delaware.

“We’re so thankful for the support of Sanford School,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “It’s wonderful when groups approach us with unique ideas to help raise money for hungry Delawareans and build awareness about the work we’re doing in the community. Sanford really hit this one out of the park!”

Check out the bowls and other pictures from the event!

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Delawareans help Stamp Out Hunger

By Christine Evans, Community Outreach Coordinator

On Saturday, May 12, families and residents all over Delaware helped Stamp Out Hunger for the 20th annual Letter Carriers’ Postal Food Drive.

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Postal Food Drive was first held in 1993. It has since grown to be the nation’s largest single-day food drive! On the day of the drive, residents place a bag filled with non-perishable food items by their mailbox. The letter carriers then collect the bags with the day’s mail and bring it to the Food Bank to be sorted and distributed to those in need. Last year a record breaking 77.1 million pounds were collected nationwide and Delaware postal customers donated more than 85,000 pounds alone.

This year the FBD set out to break last year’s Postal Food Drive poundage record with the help of seven sponsors and Delaware’s letter carriers. In an effort to increase donations made through the Postal Food Drive, the Food Bank of Delaware distributed more than 376,800 plastic donation bags to Delaware homes a week before the Stamp Out Hunger event. Other food banks across the country have found that the plastic bags help to increase donations by up to fifty percent!

Thank you to these companies for sponsoring the bags!

  • Agilent Technologies
  • ARS Fleet
  • Dupont
  • Harvey Hannah
  • Giant
  • Safeway
  • TD Bank

The plastic bags proved to be an enormous success, as donations from this year’s Postal Food Drive increased by 232% over last year! The total poundage collected came to an astounding 202,652 pounds.

I had the pleasure of volunteering at the post office on Governor Printz Boulevard on May 12 and the amount of food brought in by the postal workers was overwhelming! In only two-and-a-half hours we filled all 13 totes on our tractor trailer and there were still more than 25 postal workers that had not dropped off their food yet! Some workers said they collected between two and six times more food this year compared to last year, and many had to drop off the donations half way through their route to make more room!

The increase in donations to this food drive came at the perfect time of the year! During the holiday months food drive donations are at their highest levels, but once the holidays are over, our food drive numbers drop significantly. Check out the chart showing the total pounds of food donated by month in 2011!

Unfortunately, the need for food assistance in Delaware remains high throughout the year. Thanks to all the United States Postal Service and all of those who participated, the FBD will be able to provide more than 81,061 meals to the 241,600 Delawareans in need of food assistance! We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your commitment to the fight against hunger!

Check out some more photos from the Postal Food Drive!

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House Concurrent Resolution 49 recognizes Food Bank of Delaware

Our staff spent the day at Legislative Hall last Thursday educating Delaware’s elected officials on the issues of hunger in the First State. Our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe, kicked off the day by presenting to the Delaware Kids Caucus on childhood hunger in Delaware. She outlined the many ways the Food Bank is addressing childhood hunger and efforts the Anti-Hunger Coalition has made to increase school breakfast participation by utilizing a Grab and Go breakfast in the classroom format.

Here are just a few of the ways we have impacted Delaware children this year:

  • Distributed 304,108 meals to children through our Afterschool Nutrition Program
  • Distributed 405,000-plus meals in just nine weeks last summer through the Summer Nutrition Program
  • Distributed 71,674 bags through the Backpack Program – just last week we served 3,158 children
  • Distributed 12,731 pounds of food through our School Pantry Program
  • Taught children about healthy eating and ways to cook at home through our Kid C.H.E.F. program

Representative Ed Osienski sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 49 during the afternoon legislative session recognizing the Food Bank of Delaware’s commitment to ending hunger in the First State. Our President and CEO spoke to members of the House of Representatives and said,from Senate District 1 in Wilmington to Senate District 4 in Chateau Country and Representative District 40 in Laurel, hunger impacts each and every part of our state.” Members of both the House and Senate received a packet of information outlining the Food Bank of Delaware’s impact on their district’s constituents.

Despite making a tremendous impact on the First State’s economy and its people, only 5 percent of our funding comes from state government. Patricia encouraged our elected officials to get involved in our fight against hunger, because it truly takes everyone working in collaboration to help meet the needs of our most vulnerable!

Check out some pictures from Legislative Day!

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Kent County Levy Court presents $50,000 to Food Bank of Delaware Milford expansion project

The Kent County Levy Court has presented us with $50,000 to help fund the expansion of our Milford Branch!

The expansion project, estimated to cost approximately $2.7 million, will allow us to nearly double the size of the current 8,000-square-foot facility. An additional $1 million is needed to break ground.

“I personally cannot think of a better use of county funds than this project that will be so beneficial to so many Delawareans. To me this is an outstanding program with very positive results,” said P. Brooks Banta, Kent County Levy Court Commissioner.

 “We are so thankful for the generosity of the Kent County Levy Court,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “They truly recognize and understand the critical needs of residents of not only Kent County, but the state of Delaware. It takes all sectors – government, nonprofit, business, faith-based, education and others – working together to come up with solutions to make our state better. With more than one in four Delawareans depending on our network of hunger-relief partners, the need to come together to feed those struggling to make ends meet is needed now more than ever.”

Plans call for the construction of an industrial-sized kitchen to prepare hot meals for children in after-school enrichment programs, house The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, a volunteer room to eliminate the need for volunteers to work in warehouse aisles, and additional space to increase hunger-relief programming for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties. The Culinary School will serve under- and unemployed adults, individuals in prison re-entry programs and the disabled. The school is currently operated out of the organization’s Newark warehouse.

As a result of the expansion we will increase the number of meals delivered through the children’s nutrition programs by 25 percent, resulting in 275,000 more meals for children in need. The creation of the volunteer room will allow us to double the number of volunteers from 6,000 to 12,000 and enable volunteers to pack meal boxes for senior citizens and emergency meal boxes for the mobile pantry program.

To learn more about the expansion project, please contact Larry Haas, Development Director, at (302) 294-0185 or lhaas@fbd.org or visit www.fbdfeedingourfuture.org.

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JPMorgan Chase Foundation announces $125,000 gift to Food Bank of Delaware

Twenty-five students from Bancroft Elementary joined Senator Chris Coons and representatives from JPMorgan Chase, Christina School District, Children and Families First and the Food Bank of Delaware for a community service food packing project this morning to mark a $125,000 donation from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

The Foundation’s grant award will allow us, in partnership with Children and Families First and the Christina School District, to support three new school food pantries at the Eastside Community School, serving Bancroft, Elbert-Palmer and Stubbs Elementary Schools, and will provide hundreds of students with weekend food through the food bank’s Backpack Program.

“JPMorgan Chase has a long and successful history of partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Keith Schuck, president, Chase Bank N.A. “We are proud to help provide much-needed food and supplies to the children attending Elbert Palmer, Bancroft and Stubbs Elementary Schools.”

Through the new program, at-risk families with students enrolled at the schools will be able to access emergency food and hygiene products by visiting a food pantry within the school. Twenty-five to 30 families will be discretely identified by school officials, and the new pantry will offer a variety of nutritious food products and hygiene items. Families will select food based on their household’s needs each week.

“We’re so thankful for the support of JPMorgan Chase,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Children are the future. Without proper nutrition children cannot grow, learn or play. They cannot develop into the leaders needed for the future. During these difficult economic times it’s going to take all of us working together in partnership to meet the needs of our community.”

“Giving families access to the basic necessities that many of us take for granted, like food and hygiene products, will make a significant difference in their lives,” Senator Chris Coons said.  “JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s generous donation will give many local students the energy and nutrition they need to find success in school and to have positive interactions with friends and family.  Partnerships like the one between the Christina School District, Children and Families First and the Food Bank of Delaware truly have an impact and make a tremendous difference in our community.”

In addition to school pantries, the funding will also allow us to provide 353 children with backpacks full of weekend food for an entire school year. The Backpack Program provides food to at-risk 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.  

“Having food pantries located in schools is an innovative idea that supports the Christina School District’s ongoing goal of making schools places where families are welcome and supported,” said Christina School District Superintendent Dr. Marcia V. Lyles. “On behalf of the children and families in our community who will benefit from the food pantries and the Backpack Program supported by this grant, I wish to sincerely thank the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Children & Families First, and the Food Bank of Delaware. This is a wonderful example of how community partnerships can bring about positive changes for our children.”  

To learn more about both the School Pantry and Backpack programs, please contact Larry Haas, Food Bank of Delaware Development Director, at (302) 294-0185 or lhaas@fbd.org.

 

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Delaware Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Board awards Kid C.H.E.F. program $4,000

We recently received good news from our friends at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF). Our Kid C.H.E.F. (Cooking, Healthy, Easy, Food) program was awarded $4,000 by the DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Board! Thanks to their generosity, we’ll be able to provide 112 children in New Castle and Sussex Counties with a week’s worth of Kid C.H.E.F. classes.

KID C.H.E.F.  is a skills and knowledge-building program utilizing the nutrition recommendations of the 2010 Dietary guidelines and the new Choose MyPlate. This program focuses on teaching children about healthy eating and how they can learn to prepare nutritious easy foods on their own.  It includes a series of five interactive sessions highlighting the key groups in the USDA’s Choose MyPlate for Kids: grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein. Each sixty-minute session focuses on one group and includes child- centered discussions, hands-on activities, recipe making and testing, wearing chef hats and aprons and take -home information for parents. Children receive their own apron, chef hat, oven mitt and drawstring bag of utensils to keep for preparing recipes in each class. 

The program began in April 2010, and this past March our 500th student participated in the program! Throughout the week kids prepare smoothies, healthy pizzas, vegetable fried rice and more! Kids love the Kid C.H.E.F. program!

“We’re so thankful to the Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board for this generous gift,” said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “It’s rewarding for us to see children excited not only about cooking their own food, but cooking healthy food that they enjoy.”

The DCF’s Youth Philanthropy Boards (YCB) for each county function as though they were a nonprofit organization’s board of directors. YPB members do research about their community’s needs and really learn about the nonprofit organizations throughout the First State. As active board members, they plan their meetings, develop their grantmaking focus and process and conduct site visits with the nonprofits seeking their grants. They learn the value of teamwork and develop leadership skills. Last year three YPBs distributed $35,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving young people!

Thank you to the Youth Philanthropy Board!

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