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Volunteers needed at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford Branch

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A volunteer helps out in the Milford kitchen with the After-School Nutrition Program for children

We are in need of volunteers at our Milford Branch to help pack and sort food, prepare meals and assist with administrative duties.

Volunteers are needed on most weekdays from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Occasional weekend and weeknight hours are also available.

“Since one in five children in Delaware live in poverty, when you volunteer at the Food Bank of Delaware you are truly making a local impact,” said Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “Volunteers help make bags for our Backpack Program knowing that a child will be able to eat over the weekend. Making a senior meal box means that local senior citizens can breathe a little easier because they have food to eat. It is quite eye opening to realize the prevalence of people in need in our own community.”

Volunteers can sign up as individuals or groups. Volunteering is a great team-building activity for local businesses, nonprofits, school groups, faith-based organizations and others. Helping at the Food Bank is also a perfect opportunity for youngsters to experience the benefits of community service. Children as young as seven years old can help; those ages seven-15 will need an adult chaperone.

Volunteers must wear sneakers or closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Some volunteer jobs require the ability to lift 50-pound boxes, though not all jobs require lifting. A minimum or regular commitment is not required, and volunteers can help according to their own time schedule.

Volunteers may view available opportunities and sign up online by visiting www.fbd.volunteerhub.com. Groups of five or more should call or e-mail Lyndsay Humphreys, Volunteer Coordinator, at (302) 393-2011 or lhumphreys@fbd.org to arrange a volunteer time.

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Food Bank of Delaware receives $29,000 from the Potter Trust at the CenDel Foundation

0921_CenDel_ checkThe Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch was the recipient of a generous donation of $29,000 from the Potter Trust from the CenDel Foundation.

The check was presented by Donna D. Stone, Delaware Community Foundation senior vice president for Central Delaware, to Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware CEO, Chef Instructor Tim Hunter, Culinary Program Training Manager Brenda Palomo and students from the fourth culinary class at the Milford Branch.

“When the Food Bank applied for funding for sending individuals, many of whom may have been incarcerated or on the edges of survival, to their Culinary School training program we thought this was a good fit,” said Kathleen Hawkins, president of CenDel’s Potter Trust grant committee. “The program gives individuals the opportunity to learn a trade and to be able to support themselves,” she said.

The Potter Trust was established by Col. Benjamin Potter, through his will in 1843, when he evidenced great concern for children who were orphaned, for young men that they develop a trade to support themselves, and for families who were on the verge of being sent to the “poorhouse.”

The mission of The Culinary School is two-fold. First students are taught skills that are highly desirable to employers in the food industry and second, these newly-developed skills have the potential to lead to jobs in the industry that provide job security and economic sustainability.

Under the instruction of Food Bank of Delaware Chef Instructor Tim Hunter students spend 14 weeks developing their skills and passion for the culinary arts. From proper knife handling techniques to Serve Safe certification and completing a two-week internship, the training program prepares students for entry-level jobs in the food industry.

To learn more about The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, visit http://www.fbd.org/the-culinary-school/.

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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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Capital One presents $50,000 to Food Bank of Delaware at 37th Culinary Class Graduation

DSC_0393webCapital One presented a generous $50,000 grant to the Food Bank of Delaware yesterday at the 37th graduating class of The Culinary School. Capital One’s funding will help support student scholarships for The Culinary School, the Mobile Pantry program and other Food Bank of Delaware hunger-relief programs.

Jim Kelly, Head of Direct Banking, Capital One, provided keynote remarks for the graduation ceremony.

Students have spent the past 14 weeks developing their passion for the culinary arts. From proper knife handling techniques to Serve Safe certification and completing an internship, the students are prepared for entry-level jobs in the food industry. Student internship sites included Desserts by Dana, Domaine Hudson, Two Stones Pub, Westin Hotel and more.

“The Culinary School is all about providing Delawareans with the skills they need in order to obtain jobs in the thriving restaurant industry. We can’t do what we do without the support of partners like Capital One,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “I am proud of the progress our graduates have made. They are not the same individuals they were 14 weeks ago. Each and every one of them has worked hard to get to today’s graduation. There were challenges, but they all made it.”

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.

Students are referred to the program through the Criminal Justice Council, Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and other community-based organizations.

“This was one of the greatest experiences that I’ve ever been through,” said graduate Markevis Clark. “I would recommend this program to anyone looking for a positive change in their life.”

The graduates include:

  • Kasha Allen (Highest GPA award)
  • Tyrone Brooks (Perfect Attendance award)
  • Kawyne Carter
  • Markevis Clark
  • Dave Coverdale (Perfect Attendance award)
  • Kevin Deler
  • Glynise Dillard
  • Kendall Gibbs (Most Improved award)
  • Larry Kelley
  • Stanford Pierce
  • Rory Price (Best Attitude award)
  • Katrina Repetti

To learn more about The Culinary School, please visit http://www.fbd.org/the-culinary-school/.

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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 Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware to host sixth annual Evening in the Garden

The Food Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will work together to raise money to alleviate hunger in the First State with their sixth annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, September 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s menu includes garden-fresh foods straight from the university’s Garden for the Community. Students and chefs from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware will serve peppers stuffed with shrimp, grilled corn and quinoa, braised chicken with tomatoes and peppers, eggplant stuffed with Italian cheeses and more in a food station set-up. The UDairy Creamery will scoop ice cream.

The evening will also feature wine and beer tastings, live entertainment from The Ellen Lebowitz Quartet, a four-piece Jazz group with piano, drums, bass and voice and tours of the Garden of the Community.

“Our annual Evening in the Garden event is a great opportunity for us to showcase the skills of our talented students from The Culinary School,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Workforce development is important to us at the food bank, and this annual event gives students real-world experience working a catered fundraising event.”

Tickets for the event are $40/person or $20/student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. Attendees must RSVP by August 25. If tickets are available after the RSVP deadline, price increases by $10.

To purchase tickets, please contact Kim Turner at (302) 444-8074 or kturner@fbd.org. Online registration is also available at http://www.fbd.org/an-evening-in-the-garden/. Attendees are also asked to bring a bag of canned goods for the food bank’s hunger-relief efforts.

To learn more about the Garden for the Community, please visit http://ag.udel.edu/communitygarden/.

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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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