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Food Bank of Delaware receives BJ’s Charitable Foundation Grant to Provide Fresh Way to Fight Hunger

BJs donationThe Food Bank of Delaware today announced that they are one of 30 food banks awarded grants this September from BJ’s Charitable Foundation. The foundation is distributing grants in celebration of BJ’s Wholesale Club’s 30th anniversary. A member of the Feeding America network, the Food Bank of Delaware is among those awarded gifts to increase the food storage capacity for local anti-hunger organizations.

To commemorate the $21,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, the Food Bank of Delaware and representatives from the Elsmere BJ’s Club presented a brand-new refrigeration unit to the Cedars Church of Christ food closet this morning. In addition to presenting the refrigeration unit, volunteers from BJ’s distributed fresh foods to 20 families in need.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded one of the 30th anniversary grants by BJ’s Charitable Foundation,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Because of this grant, we will be able to work with our local partners to help them obtain more healthful foods and ensure that food makes it into the hands of more Delawareans in need.”

The $21,000 donation will enable the Food Bank of Delaware to increase partner capacity for fresh foods. While food banks often have immense space and storage to provide product for the food pantries and shelters they support, these smaller partner organizations and charities often have limited equipment abilities. Limited equipment hinders their ability to serve the community.

“BJ’s Wholesale Club is proud to reach our 30-year milestone and share our enthusiasm by expanding our role in the fight against hunger,” said Charlie Tirney, general manager of the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Elsmere. “Supporting the Food Bank of Delaware and their local agencies’ need for capacity building will ensure that perishable food can reach the people who need it most in our own backyard.”

By providing anti-hunger partners like food pantries, shelters and meal programs with the necessary equipment, they can transport and store a larger amount of perishable items and thus distribute more food to local families struggling with food insecurity. The Food Bank of Delaware will provide a total of two glass door display refrigerators, four upright freezers, four chest freezers and 25 48-quart capacity coolers to partner agencies.

“The Cedars Church of Christ Food Pantry greatly appreciates the partnership we have with BJ’s Wholesale Club,” said Cedars Church of Christ Minister Brad Carman. “The donation of a new refrigeration unit is a great help in our efforts. BJ’s generosity in helping us feed the hungry with regular food donations and the gracious spirit with which they do it is wonderful. We at Cedars try to model that spirit as we pass it along to those in need food. These kindnesses are essential in our ongoing efforts to help.”

 

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Chase presents $58,000 to Food Bank of Delaware in support of Culinary School

CheckChase presented a $58,000 donation to the Food Bank of Delaware yesterday at La Fia Bakery + Bistro + Market to help continue supporting The Culinary School, the Food Bank’s 14-week culinary employment training program.

The success of The Culinary School is dependent on both corporate and culinary partnerships. To highlight these partnerships, the check presentation was held at La Fia. Since opening its doors in the LOMA section of Wilmington in March, La Fia has played an active role in developing The Culinary School’s students. Most recently, Owner/Chef Brian Sikora hired Culinary School graduate Andrew Morley on a full-time basis.

“We are proud to support The Culinary School,” said Sikora. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Andrew as an apprentice and now a full-time employee. Supporting our community is what we are all about at La Fia.”

“Small businesses are a key engine of job creation, and JPMorgan Chase helps connect small businesses – and local residents – with the resources they need to grow,” said Daryl Graham, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “We are proud partners to the Food Bank and First State Community Loan Fund because of their focus on growing our local economy and increasing job opportunities in the City of Wilmington.”

“We were happy to be able to offer a loan to La Fia, which provided some of their startup capital. They’ve been great borrowers,” said Vandell Hampton, President and CEO of First State Community Loan Fund. “Connecting with the Food Bank has been good for La Fia, as it has enabled them to identify top caliber employees as the business grows.”

Since its inception in 2002 The Culinary School has graduated close to 400 students. The mission of The Culinary School is two-fold. First, students are taught skills that are highly desirable to employers in the food industry. Second, these newly-developed skills have the potential to lead to jobs in the industry that provide job security and economic sustainability.

“We can always count on Chase to help ensure that Delawareans have the job skills training needed to find sustainable employment,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Thanks to their support we will be able to provide 10 Delawareans with scholarships to attend our training program. Our graduate, Andrew, was recently hired full-time here at La Fia. He is a great example of the wonderful opportunities that exist through our program.”

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Food Donor Spotlight: Vanguard

By Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator

On July 14, Vanguard held its 18th annual All Cans on Deck food drive in Malvern, Pennsylvania. This is the second year I have had the pleasure of attending, and it did not disappoint! This is a nationwide food drive among Vanguard offices that exemplifies their core values of Crew, Clients and Community. The drive benefits multiple organizations including local food banks, crisis centers and meal programs. Worldwide, Vanguard raised 414 tons of food, or around 828,000 pounds!

Food drives like Vanguard’s come at a crucial time during the summer when donations are down and pantry shelves are beginning to become bare, and while the bulk of our food drives are held during the fall and winter months, we desperately need donations throughout the spring and summer as well.

Each year employees take part in different events and food drive activities to raise the donations needed to give out to their community. This year crew members, as they are called, created can structures from their items (much like our DelawareCAN competition coming up in September) and building captains created a mini-golf course out of cans. There were also karaoke and free- throw contests to engage crew members and create involvement around the issue of hunger in the Delaware Valley. The management team also sponsored barbecue lunches, and there were dunk tanks set up with managers offering themselves up to be dunked for donations, which were used to purchase items for each organization.

Vanguard stepped in this year and offered to provide items specifically for our Backpack program along with their donation of canned goods. The Backpack Program offers students across the state that rely on the federal school lunch program for meals during the school week, the ability to take a kit home which provides four meals and two snacks to keep them fed over the weekend. Some of the other items, like cases of canned green beans, peas and corn will be used in our Thanksgiving for All holiday meal boxes.

Vanguard’s total donation this year brought in a whopping 43,893 pounds for the Food Bank of Delaware! We needed three trucks to bring all of the donations back! Luckily, Angel (Fleet and Routing Coordinator), Brian (Lead Warehouse Associate) and Bryan (Driver) were each available to drive a truck up that morning, but we still had to go back for one more round. We were fortunate again this year that Vanguard crew members were able to come to the Food Bank the next morning to volunteer and sort through some of their donations so we can get it out as quickly as possible.

Congratulations to Vanguard for beating their record from last year; we appreciate all of the pounds and hours donated!

If you would like to hold a food drive, please contact me at ccuster@fbd.org!

Check out some more pictures from All Cans on Deck!

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St. Anne’s Episcopal School second graders purchase $1,629 worth of food for Food Bank of Delaware

By Kim Turner, Communications Director

Last month an enthusiastic group of second graders from St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown visited our Newark facility to tour and drop off 1,262 pounds of food! They raised $1,629 and used the money to purchase an assortment of our most-needed items!

The students raised the money by hosting their own in-school book store. The book store served as the second grade’s annual service learning project. The project incorporated learning about economic concepts such as goods and services, consumers and producers, income, expenses and profit. More importantly, the students learned the value of giving.

The book store itself was the culmination of several weeks of work. This annual service project is integrated into the second grade curriculum starting with the identification of charities submitted by the students and a grade level vote to select the recipient of the bookstore profits. Students took a field trip to 2nd & Charles in Newark, DE to learn the book store business and all of the different jobs required. “I was surprised that a manager can get fired,” said one second grader. Another student learned that sometimes books are priced under retail in order to attract customers.

When they returned to school, the students discussed their trip, learned how they could apply their findings at their own school and applied for positions at their bookstore. The students also planned their marketing strategies, named their bookstore, and created signs and sandwich boards to advertise. With the help of second grade parents who sorted and priced the gently used donations and helped with set up and supervision, the students ran the four day book sale from April 29th to May 2nd. They worked as cashiers, salespeople, advertisers, baggers, managers, “holds” takers and accountants.

When the second graders visited us last month we were so proud and appreciative of their hard work and enthusiasm.  As the students got off the bus, they helped unload two vehicles filled with the fruits of their labor. After unloading the vehicles, the students enjoyed a tour of our 36,000-square-foot warehouse. They were impressed by our operation, especially by the size of our refrigerators and freezer. They were respectful, eager and had great questions!

Thank you, St. Anne’s second graders, for your hard work!

Here are some more pictures from the book store and Food Bank visit:

 

 

 

 

 

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TD Charitable Foundation announces $95,000 donation to Food Bank of Delaware

TD check presentationThe TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, announced a $95,000 donation to the Food Bank of Delaware at an evening event held yesterday at Stubbs Elementary School in Wilmington.

Fifty-thousand dollars will be used to help fund our mobile pantry program, while the remaining will be used towards other hunger-relief efforts. Our 30-foot-long mobile pantry truck features both dry and cold storage and is stocked to meet the needs of the state’s most-vulnerable communities.

“TD recognizes the critical need to feed our neighbors,” said Terry Kenny, TD Bank Market President for Delaware. “We are proud to contribute to the crucial work the Food Bank of Delaware does in the area through this TD Charitable Foundation grant, and hope it will help support the needs of many in Delaware.”

Volunteers from the bank and the University of Delaware read stories to children, while adults participated in a financial literacy class facilitated by a TD employee. At the conclusion of the financial literacy class, parents were invited to visit the pantry.

Attendees walked away with close to 100 pounds of food including fresh produce, chicken, an emergency meal box filled with 30 pounds of nonperishables and assorted foods of their choosing.

“We are incredibly grateful for the TD Charitable Foundation’s support of our efforts to alleviate hunger in Delaware,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “The mobile pantry is an important program as it allows us to travel directly to some of our state’s most at-risk communities.”

Since the mobile pantry hit the road last March, close to 374,000 pounds of food have been distributed to more than 4,000 households.

 

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Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday!

By Natosha Bratcher, Communications Intern

This Saturday, Delaware letter carriers will again Stamp Out Hunger in order to provide food assistance to Delawareans who rely on our network of hunger-relief partners for support!

To help Stamp Out Hunger, simply leave a bag containing non-perishable foods next to the mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Postal customers will receive a special Stamp Out Hunger plastic bag in their mailbox a few days prior to the drive to collect and store their items.

Now in its 22nd year, Stamp Out Hunger effort is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. Last year, letter carriers in Delaware collected more than 270,000 pounds of food for Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table.

“This annual food drive is not only very important to our organization, but also our hunger-relief partners across the state,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This food drive allows us to stock the shelves of our partners just in time for the critical summer months, when we see more of a food shortage due to school being out of session. Last year, Delawareans went above and beyond with their support of this project. We had so many donations that we had trouble finding enough people to help unload postal trucks. We hope this year will be even better.”

The Food Bank of Delaware’s most needed food items include:
• Tuna fish
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Peanut butter
• Cereal
• Pasta
• Macaroni and cheese
• Canned soups
• Canned meats

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger effort visit http://www.helpstampouthunger.com. Volunteer shifts are still available at local post offices. To learn more or sign up, visit http://www.fbd.volunteerhub.com and scroll to shifts available on May 10.

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Help us Stamp Out Hunger on May 10!

By Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator

Each year, the National Association of Letter Carriers holds a massive one-day food drive with the support of the community. Last year, Stamp Out Hunger brought in more than 270,000 pounds of food in just one day! This year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive takes place nationwide on Saturday, May 10. The Food Bank of Delaware and other hunger-relief organizations throughout the state are the recipients of donations collected in the First State.

Wednesday or Thursday before the food drive, a bag will be delivered to homes all over Delaware. Simply fill the bag with nonperishable cans and leave by your mailbox prior to mail delivery on May 10! Your letter carrier will take care of the rest!

As one of the Food Bank of Delaware’s coordinators for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, I volunteered to help unload postal trucks for last year’s one-day food drive (and I wanted to ensure that everything was running as smooth as possible!). I recruited some strong and willing friends and showed up at 2:00 for my shift at the Lancaster Avenue post office in Wilmington.

As volunteers, it was our job to help the letter carriers that were returning from their routes with bags of food to get them unloaded and placed on our onsite trailer. Later, the trailers were collected and weighed for our food drive total. We worked quickly, trying to clear out the postal trucks as fast as possible, so that we could move on to the next one. It was a busy few hours, but coming with a group of people made it go by quickly. Larry, our Development Director, brought his six-year-old son Brody who was happy to help out and just as willing to amuse us during down time between drop offs.

It was a great experience; I was able to assist the letter carriers on the day of their drive and help out my community, while enjoying time with friends. A big thanks goes out to Brian, Jon, Jack and Angela for making the day a blast! Each of them told me afterwards that they wanted to participate again this year and to be sure to let them know when they could sign up.

Well… sign up is now open and you can help too!

There are still shifts available on VolunteerHub at post offices throughout New Castle County. Participating offices are: Talleyville, Marshallton, Edgemoor, Johnson’s Way, Newark, Bear, Hockessin, Newport and Lancaster Avenue. Bring out a group of friends or family (kids can come too as long as they are at least seven years old!). Sign up today by clicking here!

Thank you to this year’s local sponsors!

  • Bayshore
  • Capital One
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Barclays
  • CMI Electric
  • Delmarva Power
  • DuPont
  • Giant
  • Food Lion
  • Safeway
  • Troy Granite

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