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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

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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:


  • 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


  • 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

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


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

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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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Capital One spends week of service at Food Bank of Delaware; donates $10,000

During this season of thanks, we are thankful for the amazing partnerships we have here in the First State. We can’t feed one in four Delawareans without the support of our community! Last month Capital One spent an entire week at our Newark facility for their annual week of service, OneWeek.

Three-hundred associates donated more than 900 hours of their time to help feed Delawareans during the week. They packed emergency meal boxes for seniors, packed meals for our weekend Backpack Program, assisted at our mobile pantry and donated $10,000 in order to create 600 meal boxes for our Thanksgiving for All distribution that will take place later this month!

“At Capital One we believe community engagement is more than just providing funding, and our associates are proud to volunteer with the Food Bank of Delaware during OneWeek and year round,” said Capital One’s Senior Manager of Community Affairs Leslie Kosek. “By giving of their time and talent, our associates are helping to improve the communities where we live and work.”

Last year Capital One donated $52,000 and associates collected more than 5,600 pounds of food through food drives. They have also proudly participated in our DelawareCAN competition every year since its inception in 2011!

“Capital One remains consistent in their support for a community free of hunger,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We can always depend on them to provide programming support, volunteers and food. We are grateful they chose the Food Bank as one of the locations for their OneWeek service project.”

Check out some photos from the week!

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DelawareCAN partnerships help bring in food

By Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator

DelawareCAN, now just wrapping up its third year, is an event where businesses, organizations and youth groups compete against each others can structures for awards, while doing their part to help out in the community. This year, 15 build teams signed on and came up with some very impressive structures. The business competitors this year were: Chase, Barclaycard US (Wilmington & Newark), Capital One, KBR and DuPont, Delmarva Power, TD Bank, Bank of America and Delaware State University. The youth organizations competing were: Layton Prep and Centreville School, Wilmington Montessori School, St. Mary Magdalen School, Zakat Foundation, Sussex Tech and St. Ann’s Youth Group. Each team did a great job collecting food within their organization and coming up with innovative and interesting food structures. Food Bank employee judges had the pleasure of going around to all of the sites this week and scoring each structure.  Awards will be given out next week in both the business and youth categories.

There were two teams that utilized key partnerships to help with their builds:

delstateDelaware State University partnered with the Acme Foundation to build a race car out of food at Dover International Speedway for last month’s race weekend. Eleven health promotion students and three physics students made up the members of the build team. In honor of race weekend festivities, Acme and DSU created a race car that was on display in the Monster Mile Fan Zone. Acme generously donated 9,086 pounds for the build. We want to extend our thanks to all of the members of Delaware State University who worked hard on the build and the Acme Foundation for their donation!

WMS 1Students at the Wilmington Montessori School (WMS) were very methodical in their structure design, incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and planning out how many of each item they would need to collect in order to finish each structure. Classrooms were assigned specific items for collection, and the entire community was tasked with helping to collect items. When they came up a little bit short, a parent went in to Giant on Concord Pike to see if they could offer their help.  Giant stepped up and donated 104 boxes of cereal, 48 cans of Tuna, 4 boxes of crackers, 6 jars of Nutella, 11 cans of green beans and 128 jars of peanut butter! WMS students used every aspect of the competition as a learning opportunity; they documented all the quantities of food items collected as well as the servings per container, serving size, calories per serving and a total dollar amount. They continue to use this as a learning experience involving math, science and writing. Thanks to the hard-working students of Wilmington Montessori School and to Giant for their generous donation.

Pictures of all the structures are posted on our Facebook page, and you have the chance to pick one of our winners! Voting in our People’s Choice Category closes at 4:00 p.m. today (Friday, October 25)! Get your votes in – to vote in the youth category, click here. To vote in the business category, click here.  

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Food Bank of Delaware’s Oktoberfest Blue Jean Ball to be held October 5

Masskrug beer, Pretzel and Hat with GamsbartWe will host our annual signature event on Saturday, October 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in our Newark warehouse at 14 Garfield Way in the Delaware Industrial Park. This year’s theme is Oktoberfest, and Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant will work alongside students from The Culinary School to prepare the event’s menu!

Guests can leave their black tie gala attire at home for this annual event. Blue Jean Ball attendees are asked to don their favorite blue jeans. Ticket prices have been lowered from $100 to $65 this year, and the evening will feature a German small plate menu, Iron Hill’s own brews, German wines, entertainment from Club Phred and a silent auction.

Food stations will be set up throughout our warehouse, and guests can expect to see traditional German fare such as jaeger schnitzel, sauerbraten tenderloin, bratwurst, salmon gravlax, roasted root vegetables, German potato salad and more.

Iron Hill’s team of chefs will assist students from The Culinary School with kitchen prep and cooking, organizing food stations and executing plate presentation on the night of the event.

“After last year’s Blue Jean Ball we regrouped and decided we needed to put a fresh spin on our annual event,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We decided to lower ticket prices in hopes of drawing a larger crowd, and we were thrilled when Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant stepped up as our presenting sponsor. This year’s Blue Jean Ball should be our best yet.”

The Blue Jean Ball is held each year to raise awareness of the acute problem of hunger in Delaware and the important role the food bank plays in combating hunger, as well as its root cause – poverty.

Live entertainment will be provided by local classic rock and roll band, Club Phred. Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on a wide selection of items during the silent auction.

By utilizing the warehouse space and the culinary skills of students and its staff of chefs, we are able to significantly reduce costs. Last year, close to 90 percent of event proceeds went directly back to the organization’s hunger-relief efforts.

Tickets are available for $65/person and may be purchased by calling (302) 444-8074 or by visiting

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Food Bank of Delaware and T.S. Smith & Sons celebrate season’s harvest with Dinner in the Orchard

In partnership with T.S. Smith & Sons, we will celebrate the harvest season with our second annual Dinner in the Orchard event on Thursday, September 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at T.S. Smith & Sons’ farm in Bridgeville.

The evening will feature fresh foods straight from local farms, beer, wine and entertainment from jazz band, the Swing Notables. Food for the evening will be prepared by students from our Culinary School at the newly-expanded branch in Milford. The event will take place in a pavilion located in one of the farm’s many fruit orchards. Circle K Outfitters will provide carriage rides of the farm. Proceeds benefit our Milford branch expansion project.

Construction on the 2.6 million dollar expansion project began last September. The newly-expanded branch includes a full-sized industrial kitchen to house The Culinary School and a volunteer room to increase hunger-relief programming in Kent and Sussex Counties. A grand opening will take place on September 20.

“TS Smith & Sons is honored to be hosting this fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford location,” said Charlie Smith, fourth generation farmer and partner, T.S. Smith & Sons. “We are happy to do our part to end hunger close to home and hope for another sold out event like last year.”

“Last year’s event was incredibly successful,” said our Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “The food was absolutely delicious, and it was a great opportunity to not only gather with fellow community members, but also raise money for a very worthwhile cause – alleviating hunger in Kent and Sussex Counties. We’re excited to show off the skills of our culinary students, while also showcasing fresh foods that are grown right here in our own backyard.”

Tickets for the event are $50/person. The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. To purchase tickets, please contact Kim Turner at (302) 444-8074 or Online registration and directions to the event are available at

Event sponsorships are still available. To learn more about event sponsorship, contact Turner. The following organizations have signed up to sponsor: Gold: Accessible Home Builders; Silver: Harrington Raceway & Casino; Bronze: BASF Corp.; Betts and Biddle Eye Care; Muncie Insurance and Financial Services; Subway of Milford

Check out some pictures from last year’s event:

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