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Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day at the Delaware State Fair

By Kim Turner, Communications Director

On Monday Food Bank of Delaware staff members headed to the Delaware State Fair for the third annual Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day! It’s one of my favorite days of the year at the Food Bank. Attendees who brought five Food Lion store brand cans received one free gate admission! As fairgoers filtered in from the parking lots, so many hands were filled with plastic bags loaded with canned goods!

One-by-one, volunteers from Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware, emptied bags of canned goods into large tote-sized boxes. By 11:00 a.m. we had already collected close to 2,000 pounds of food! The response from our community was truly amazing. We are happy to report that in just one day we collected 21,865 pounds – 933 pounds more than last year!

In addition to greeting fairgoers, we also had an opportunity to enjoy all that the fair has to offer! New this year, three Food Bank of Delaware staff members presented healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the day!

First up was Alina Wade, our Community Nutrition Educator. As Alina wired her lavalier microphone and organized her ingredients, a small crowd started to gather around the demonstration kitchen. At 11 a.m. it was show time! Alina demonstrated how easy it is to make healthy oatmeal blueberry pancakes. She combined bananas, oatmeal, egg whites, honey, cinnamon and blueberries in the blender. Once everything was blended, it was time to pour the batter out on the griddle. A few minutes later the pancakes were ready! The healthy pancakes received rave reviews from attendees!

While we waited for Tim Hunter, our Chef Instructor at The Culinary School at the Milford Branch, to demonstrate how to make a cool cucumber mango soup, we enjoyed a Kimo’s snow cone, Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson’s interview with television station WMDT 47 and more can collecting!

The clock hit 1:00 p.m. and we were ready for Chef Tim’s cooking demonstration. Tim peeled and cut fresh mangos, red onions and cucumbers. Showing off his skills, Chef Tim amazed the audience with his knife skills! After everything was chopped he used an immersion blender to incorporate all of the ingredients. Tim showed how easy it is to make healthy, homemade soups. In no time, the cucumber mango soup was ready for sampling!

While we waited for Community Nutrition Educator Asia Thurston’s 3:00 p.m. demonstration, how to make a “Delaware Summer Salad,” we dined at the Delaware Farm Bureau stand, had another snow cone :) and collected more cans! As the afternoon progressed, more attendees began to filter in with donations!

When 3:00 p.m. rolled around, we were ready for Asia’s demonstration. She made a beautful Delaware Summer Salad consisting of fresh, local kale, spinach, strawberries, clementine oranges, almonds, goat cheese, chicken and a homemade strawberry vinaigrette. Asia showed audience members how easy it is to eat fresh, healthy foods! In addition, she stressed that we should be eating the colors of the rainbow. She clarified that by rainbow she did not mean skittles! Eating healthy foods of all different colors enables our bodies to get the needed nutrients.

After Asia’s demonstration it was almost time to leave the fair. Before we left, Food Bank of Delaware Operations Director Trevor Turner, tried his luck at the fish bowl game. After throwing almost 20 ping-pong balls, Trevor landed one in a small fish bowl! He won a gold fish and named him Franklin Turner.

We had a great day at the State Fair; in addition to collecting much-needed food for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties, we also showed fairgoers that we do more than just collect food, we also empower Delawareans by providing important educational opportunities about healthy eating on a limited budget and workforce development through the culinary arts.

Check out some more pictures from our day at the Delaware State Fair!

 

 

 

 

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Monday is Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day at the Delaware State Fair

State FairThe third annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” will take place on Monday, July 21 at the Delaware State Fair!

Fair attendees who bring five Food Lion brand canned goods will in exchange receive one free gate admittance to the Delaware State Fair from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Monday, July 21. The community effort is part of the third annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” at the Delaware State Fair.

“At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries,” said Bob Mills, Food Lion director of execution and implementation for the Dover, Del. area. “That’s why we’re so passionate about our renewed focus on ending hunger and working to make the lines shorter at local feeding agencies through Food Lion Feeds. Last year’s hunger relief day helped to provide approximately 17,000 meals for hungry families in Kent and Sussex Counties, and we hope to exceed that donation this year with the help of our customers.”

Donations received through this year’s effort will assist families in Kent and Sussex Counties struggling to put food on the table.

“We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Food Lion and the Delaware State Fair,” said Food Bank of Delaware Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “It was incredible to see the excitement from our community for this annual food drive. Over the past two years we have collected more than 42,000 meals. We hope to exceed last year’s total!”

“Our goal this year is to pass last year’s amazing number and hopefully bring in more than 27,000 meals. This is such an amazing project to be a part of and we thank Food Lion for making this food drive possible through its partnership with the Delaware State Fair,” said Assistant General Manager and Director of Marketing Danny Aguilar

Volunteers from Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware will accept donations at all gates. No items stored in glass will be accepted. Some of the Food Bank of Delaware’s most-needed items include the following:

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned soups
  • Tuna fish
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meats
  • Cereal

For more information about the Delaware State Fair, please visit www.delawarestatefair.com.

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Legislative Day in Dover

DSC_0060compressedBy Dan Reyes, Coalition to End Hunger Coordinator

Every year around the start of summer, those wandering the corridors of Legislative Hall are greeted by a veritable sea of tie-dye—it’s hard to miss the Food Bank of Delaware’s Legislative Day. Staff and supporters travel to Dover to educate elected officials about the hunger crisis in our state and what FBD is doing to help, and in turn, the legislature is kind enough to pass a resolution commending our work.

In years past there has been a conspicuous absence at legislative day—those who rely upon the Food Bank of Delaware and its partners for emergency food assistance. Neighbors struggling with poverty and food insecurity are all too often left out of debates and conversations over the policies that directly impact them. The inclusion of this perspective is critical to ensuring that elected officials are working in the best interest of the constituents that they serve.

This year, when given the floor in the State Senate, our President & CEO Patricia Beebe gave only a few brief remarks, before turning the podium over to Edward Hawkins, a Dover Resident and a client of the Food Bank of Delaware. Edward, a Vietnam-era veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, was widowed after the passing of his wife last August. The loss of his wife was not only emotionally taxing, but also impacted his financial stability. The SNAP cuts of 2013 proved devastating, as he described to legislators:

“Prior to those cuts my food stores ran out approximately four days before the next month’s allotment. Now it has increased to two weeks. During that period, I got the chance to experience ‘true hunger’, which caused a weight loss of 20 pounds.”

Edward found relief through FBD’s mobile pantry program, where he filled out a “story card” expressing his interest in advocacy efforts. Not long after he began working with me to prepare for Legislative Day, culminating in his eloquent and impactful remarks on June 3rd. After speaking, Edward shared, “That was tough…it’s hard to get up in front of people I don’t know and feel so exposed. I don’t like feeling pitied…but I know this is important. I hope that by doing this, it will make it possible for other people in my situation to do the same.”

For both FBD and Edward, this is only the beginning. We are in the process of developing a “Witnesses to Hunger” program, an expansion of a project of Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities that seeks to engage caregivers of low-income households in participant-led advocacy efforts. Ensuring our clients can advocate for policies that will allow for greater opportunity and self-reliance is just as important to us as providing emergency food assistance.

Peace, Love, End Hunger.

 

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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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Bank of America announces Family Ride, Walk or Run

???????????????????Our friends at Bank of America will hold the inaugural Family Ride, Walk or Run event at the Wilmington Grand Prix in downtown Wilmington on Saturday, May 17 at 12:45 p.m. The event will benefit the Food Bank!

“We are proud to be part of the Wilmington Grand Prix again this year and introduce an event that allows people to ride a bike, walk or run on the same course as professional cyclists from around the world,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president of Bank of America. “It’s a great way to connect families to some fun, healthy activities all while supporting an organization helping thousands of Delawareans put food on the table.”

The Family Ride, Walk or Run event will be held on Market Street at 12:45 p.m. with participants reporting to the start line at 12:30 p.m. Those riding their bicycles will ride three laps, a total of three miles, on the race course. Walkers will do one lap for a total of one mile and runners will complete a 5K. The cost to enter is $15 and the proceeds will be given to Food Bank of Delaware. Children under the age of 16 are free.

In addition to benefitting the Food Bank of Delaware, the team, school or organization with the most participants in the event will receive $500!

The Wilmington Grand Prix is a three-day event that kicks off with Monkey Hill Time Trials on Friday, May 16 at 5 p.m. in Brandywine Park. On Saturday, May 17, a Family Street Festival presented by DuPont will take place on Market Street from noon to 5 p.m. and a Wellness Expo presented by HighMark Delaware will take place in Rodney Square. Professional cycling races will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day with the last race at 4 p.m. The Wilmington Grand Prix culminates with the Governor’s Ride and Gran Fondo on Sunday, May 18. Proceeds from the Governor’s Ride and Gran Fondo will benefit the Food Bank.

For more information, or to register for the Family Ride, Walk or Run, visit http://www.wilmgrandprix.com.

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Anti-hunger advocates launch year-long School Breakfast Challenge at Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service conference

Two-hundred-fifty anti-hunger advocates gathered at the Christiana Hilton yesterday for the second annual Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service conference. The highlight of the day-long event was the official launch of the School Breakfast Challenge.

Delaware Department of Education Secretary Mark Murphy officially launched the challenge, announcing that a total of $20,000 is available to schools that increase participation in the school breakfast program.

In the 2012-2013 school year, only 52.1 percent of children in Delaware who received free or reduced-price lunch also participated in school breakfast.

“We know for our children to be able to learn well, their minds need to be free from worrying about hunger pains. Ensuring our children receive nutritious meals is a vital component of their academic health,” Murphy said.

Cash prizes will be available in the following categories:

Districts

  • Highest overall participation percentage – cash prizes for first place ($4,000), second place ($2,000), third place ($1,000) and fourth place ($500).
  • Highest increase in participation – cash prizes for first place ($4,000), second place ($2,000), third place ($1,000), and fourth place ($500).
  • Implementation of an alternative breakfast program or adding breakfast where it was not offered before. Honorable mention

Charter/Nonpublic

  • Highest overall participation percentage. There will be cash prizes for first place ($2,500).
  • Highest increase in participation percentage. There will be cash prizes for first place ($2,500).
  • Implementation of an alternative breakfast program or adding breakfast where it was not offered before. Honorable mention

Winners will be announced at next year’s Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service conference, and funding must be used to purchase equipment to improve the infrastructure of their nutrition programs.

Governor Jack Markell applauded the School Breakfast Challenge and emphasized the state’s commitment to ensuring the all Delawareans, especially children, have access to nutritious foods.

“While Delaware’s economy continues to improve, we know the recovery hasn’t reached all of our neighbors,” Markell said. “We will keep the safety net strong for individuals, families and, especially, children who are vulnerable to hunger. One critical area of our focus is our schools, recognizing that without consistent access to food, children’s physical, emotional and educational growth are in jeopardy. The School Breakfast Challenge is another important step to move us closer to a hunger-free Delaware.”

Administrator of the United State Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Nutrition Services Audrey Rowe discussed USDA’s important role in alleviating hunger for millions of Americans.

“I want to commend the many school districts in Delaware who have brought breakfast into the classroom,” said Rowe. “We hear from teachers who say that when kids eat healthy foods they do better in school. When kids get lots of healthy food choices and exercise at school, they learn good habits for life.”

In addition to the launch of the school breakfast challenge, anti-hunger advocate Joel Berg, Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, provided keynote remarks that focused on the country’s collective will, including government’s, to end hunger.

“Saying we can end poverty and hunger by removing funding is like saying we can get rid of drought by removing water,” said Berg.

Four panels throughout the day focused on community-based advocacy, federal nutrition policies, healthy food access and funding for anti-hunger programs.

“The biggest bang for a federal dollar is SNAP benefits,” said Ellen Teller, Director of Government Relations for the Food Research and Action Center. “However, the SNAP program is the bull’s-eye on Capitol Hill. Anti-hunger advocates must be agile and play defense again the attacks.”

Panelists informed attendees that both national and local advocacy efforts are an important part of the political process as it relates to programs for low-income households.”

“When the stimulus funding ended last November, that meant an annual $16 million reduction in SNAP benefits, which is more than the entire annual budget of the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Secretary Rita Landgraf of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, which administers the SNAP program in the state. “Food is paramount to keeping people safe and healthy in their communities. That’s why we are committed to working with Gov. Jack Markell, our congressional delegation, state legislators and federal officials to find long-term solutions to meeting the basic food needs of vulnerable Delawareans.”

“Today was truly inspiring,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “To have so many individuals from all sectors show their support for a community free of hunger was humbling. We know that we have what it takes to end hunger in our state. Now we just need the political will to make it happen. Hunger is unacceptable in this country.”

To learn more about the School Breakfast Challenge or to sponsor it, please contact Dan Reyes, Coalition to End Hunger Coordinator at the Food Bank of Delaware, at (302) 292-1305 ext 206 or dreyes@fbd.org.

Check out some photos from the day!

 

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Teller Wines’ wine expo benefits the Food Bank of Delaware

By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

We are delighted and very grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of the 2014 Wine Expo presented by Teller Wines, Beers & Spirits.

The event, held Saturday, was a sell-out success, and guests raved about the abundant and delicious foods and wines presented for sampling.

If this had been an outdoor event, the weather would have been labeled “uncooperative.” But on a rainy, foggy, dreary Saturday afternoon, the Lewes Yacht Club was the perfect, comfortable place to be.

Paul Cullen, former Bad Company guitarist who has gained renown as a resort-area musician, provided music for the event.

Kevin and Catherine Hester, owners of Teller Wines, hosted the affair which also benefitted Coastal Concerts, a Lewes-based classical music performance organization.

Guests had the opportunity to taste more than 100 fine wines and sample delectable gourmet offerings. In addition, ticket-holders could order discount cases of wine and participate in a benefit auction.

Food Bank of Delaware Chef Instructor Tim Hunter and students from The Culinary School at the Milford branch were featured as a restaurant vendor at the event, joining Annabella’s, The Buttery, Essential Chef, Lewes Yacht Club, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Patty’s of Georgetown, Plate Catering and Touch of Italy.

Ticket-holders thanked Chef Tim as they praised the butternut squash soup and grilled salmon drizzled with mango coulis served over sweet potato hash. Portions were taste, or tapas, sized, so I’m betting that guests returned for seconds.

Thanks again to Kevin and Catherine, and also thank you to those who bought tickets.

The students who participated in the event are members of the second class at the Milford branch; graduation ceremonies are April 15.

The Culinary School is an opportunity for students to learn hands-on skills during the 14-week program. This training leads them to a 2-week paid internship in the hospitality industry, and often to a job in a restaurant or in institutional food service.

Check out some more photos from the event!

 

 

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Registration open for Ending Hunger conference on April 7

Registration is now open for the second annual Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service conference scheduled for Monday, April 7 at the Christiana Hilton.

The all-day conference, sponsored in part by TD Bank and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, will focus on collaborative efforts to increase access to foods, educate families about available programs and using the state’s collective skills, resources and political will to end hunger. The conference will feature speakers from both state and federal government agencies, education, nonprofit, agricultural and other community-based sectors.

Joel Berg, a nationally-recognized media spokesman in the fields of domestic hunger, food security, obesity, poverty, food-related economic development, national service and volunteerism and Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, will provide keynote remarks during the conference.

Panels throughout the day will focus on community-based advocacy; the farm bill, federal policy and inequality; healthy food access; and funding for anti-hunger efforts.

“The one-day conference offers a unique opportunity to bring together key business leaders, faith based organizations, hunger-relief partners, educators, government officials and nonprofits all collaborating and working together toward real solutions to help empower people and create political will to end hunger in Delaware,” said Coalition to End Hunger Chairwoman Julie Miro Wenger.

“Last year’s event resulted in a lot of enthusiasm from a sold-out crowd for identifying ways to increase our state’s efforts to end hunger,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “As a result we have enhanced our Coalition, are working with educators to increase participation in school breakfast, identifying new ways to bring in more produce for low-income Delawareans and increasing outreach to individuals utilizing food assistance who can serve as advocates in the community. I am excited to see what ideas are generated from this year’s event.”

When: Monday, April 7, 2014; 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Christiana Hilton, 100 Continental Drive

Registration: Registration is $25/person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch

Agenda:

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.; VIP Breakfast (invitation only; featuring remarks from Rick Goff, Executive Director, Office of Children’s Nutrition, West Virginia)

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.; Registration, Breakfast, Exhibit Tables

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. -9:00 a.m.; Announcement of School Breakfast Challenge, Secretary Mark Murphy, Delaware Department of Education

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.; Keynote address, Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger

10:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.; Community-Based Advocacy

11:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.; Farm Bill, Federal Policy and Equality

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Lunch

2:05 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.; Healthy Food Access

3:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Making it Happen – Funding

Complete panel descriptions and speakers, registration and more information can be found at www.coalitiontoendhunger.org.

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Teller Wines to hold 2014 Wine Expo to benefit The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware

Catherine and Kevin Hester, the owners of Teller Wines, paired their love of fine wines and food with a desire to give back to the community.

The result of that effort is the 2014 Wine Expo presented by Teller Wines.

“This will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware, and The Culinary School in particular,” said Mrs. Hester. “There seemed to be a logical association.”

The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware is one of the beneficiaries of the Saturday, March 29 event held at the Lewes Yacht Club from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Teller Wines for the 2014 Wine Expo. It will be a great opportunity to showcase the talents of our culinary students, as well as meet the loyal patrons and customers of the Teller Wines family,” said Chad Robinson, Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford Branch Director.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste more than 90 fine wines and also sample gourmet fare from Matt Haley’s Plate Catering, Nage, The Buttery, Touch of Italy, Annabella’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Patty’s of Georgetown as well as The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware.

A silent auction and 50/50 will benefit Coastal Concerts.

Tickets, at $70 each, are now available by calling 644-7400; only 150 tickets will be sold by advance sale only.

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