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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

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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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Starbucks volunteers pack 7,500 meals at Milford Branch

By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

Last Wednesday, Delawareans at risk of hunger benefitted from a dedicated team of 28 volunteers from Starbucks (also our 2014 Group Volunteer of the Year!) who came out to spend a morning at our Milford Branch.

There was a sense of enthusiasm in the Bistro as the green-shirted team members listened to a warm welcome from Chad Robinson, the Milford Branch Director. Matt Brandi, volunteer coordinator, explained the day’s work assignment.

Before heading to the volunteer room, Dana Krieg, a Rehoboth Starbucks store manager, took volunteers on a coffee journey to the mountainous regions of Peru in an exquisite Starbucks Reserve “Cold Press” tasting paired with a delicate combination of both sweet and savory offerings.

After the tasting, the group headed to the volunteer room.

Starbucks partners really embraced the challenge as they sorted, packed and stacked a record-breaking meal count: 7,500 meals or 9,000 pounds.

Jeff Danley, regional district manager for Starbucks in Delaware and Maryland, reports that to date, this event contributed to the now over 32,000 packed meals processed by the Starbucks and SiTEL families (one of Starbucks’ vendors!).

When all the work was finished, volunteers were treated to a fantastic lunch prepared by Chef Tim Hunter and the newest class of culinary students.

The Food Bank of Delaware appreciates the positive attitudes and helping hands of each and every volunteer. Anyone who is interested in contributing as a volunteer can find more information on our website by clicking here!

Check out more pictures from Starbucks’ volunteer day!

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Culinary Spotlight: Graduate Phillip Kizer and Chef Hari Cameron of a(MUSE.)

0424_phillip3By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

Phillip Kizer (on the left in the photo) has an opportunity many would covet: he’s working at
a(MUSE.), one of the Delaware resort’s most highly-acclaimed restaurants.

Phillip, 22, of Dover, is a recent graduate of the Food Bank of Delaware’s Culinary School in Milford’s second class.

On the day of our visit to the Baltimore Avenue restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Chef Hari Cameron prepared the staff meal with an Indian theme, so while we talked we savored lentil dal, rice seasoned with rice syrup and cardamom accompanied by raita.

Hari says he’s pleased to mentor Phillip.

“There’s a long-standing tradition of mentorship,” he said, adding that early in his career he was mentored by chefs at Ram’s Head and Kevin Reading, formerly of Nage’ and now at Abbott’s Grill in Milford.

“I was a blank canvas,” said Hari.

“You can teach knowledge but you can’t teach a sense of urgency. It’s a race against the clock, the ability to do both, push yourself forward and do it faster,” he said.

“It’s about coming into work with your head and mind in the right place.”

Phillip takes notes at work; he is expected to bring his notebook and pen, and this chef expects him to follow directions.

“It’s a team effort. Each person is doing their job, and the person who is the newest gets support. I’m never going to yell at Phillip,” said Hari.

“It’s also about discipline. For example, Phillip had to spend an hour shelling fava beans,” he added.

While the tedious task of shelling those beans might not be the most glamorous work, it’s all part of the learning curve for Phillip.

He’s also learning other aspects of the culinary world, making stock, turning vegetables, how to plate. He’s tried new and different foods.

“I don’t quit and I try to work hard. Even if it’s hard, I keep going,” Phillip said.

He also has a new goal: working in Europe.

“Everyone in the kitchen talks about their experience in Europe, that it made them that much better. I want to go to culinary school and study abroad,” he said.

And who knows where his dream will take him?


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Volunteer Spotlight: Kayla White

Kayla WhiteApril is Volunteer Appreciation month, but here at the Food Bank of Delaware we appreciate and love our volunteers every month out of the year! We can’t serve one in four Delawareans without their support.

To date this year, we have had 16,219 volunteer visits for a total of 44,030 donated hours! Volunteers come to the Food Bank for a multitude of reasons. Some volunteers come during the work day as part of a corporate team, others are members of scout troops or faith-based organizations, while some are students who need community service hours. Regardless of their reason for being at the Food Bank of Delaware, we appreciate the contributions of all of our volunteers.

Kayla White falls into the student community service hour category. She started volunteering at the Food Bank in mid-December as part of her Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management program at the University of Delaware. Her reasons for choosing the Food Bank of Delaware were simple – the Food Bank is close to her home!

Kayla can be found in the Newark volunteer room on Mondays or Wednesdays. She’s done a little bit of everything, including sorting donated food, packing emergency meal boxes and plastic bags for the Backpack Program and more!

“I like to give back to those who are not fortunate to have a meal everyday,” she says. “It makes me feel good to volunteer and makes me appreciate what I have. No matter how bad you think you have it, someone else has it worse. We all might as well help while we can.”

Thank you, Kayla, for your contributions!

Are you a student in need of community service hours? The Food Bank of Delaware has flexible volunteer hours with a variety of dates and times! As we head into the summer months, we will need volunteers to help us prepare and pack meals for children who participate in our Summer Nutrition Program! To learn more, visit



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Food Bank of Delaware honors outstanding supporters at annual dinner

Last night we honored ten supporters who have played a critical role in the organization’s efforts to alleviate hunger in Delaware this year! More than 125 guests joined us at our newly-expanded Milford Branch to celebrate our accomplishments. A delicious dinner was prepared by Chef Tim Hunter and past graduates of The Culinary School at our Milford Branch!

This year’s honorees include:

Volunteer of the Year – Mary McGowan: Mary McGowan is dedicated to the mission of the Food Bank of Delaware. She has been volunteering at the Newark facility since March 2012 and has donated more than 1,000 hours to the organization. Mary volunteers at the Food Bank several times a week and helps with a variety of tasks including sorting foods, packing emergency meal boxes, packing bags for the Backpack Program, stocking shelves, preparing meals for our children’s nutrition programs and much more.

Board Member of the Year – Scott Sukeena: Board Member Scott Sukeena has been on the Food Bank of Delaware Board of Directors for more than seven years. He served as Chairman of the Board for two of those years. As Senior Vice President of Commercial Enterprise Banking at Citizens Bank, Scott brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Food Bank’s board. He serves on the Financial Committee and works with key Food Bank of Delaware staff and board members to ensure that the organization’s financials are healthy.

Corporate Donor of the Year – TD Bank: TD Bank has significantly increased their level of support over the past two years helping to fund an array of programs. Their contributions have totaled $156,000. TD Bank supports the following programs/initiatives: Mobile Pantry Program, Backpack Program, Coalition to End Hunger, Blue Jean Ball and Ending Hunger Conference. TD Bank has successfully engaged their employees in unique ways to address the issue of hunger in Delaware, including participation in DelawareCAN.

Group Volunteer of the Year – Starbucks: Since the new volunteer room at the Milford Branch opened in September, Starbucks has regularly volunteered. The group is so engaged that they have even brought one of their customer service vendors, SITEL, on board to volunteer alongside with the coffee-loving team. Together, Starbucks and SITEL have had a total of 69 individual visits for a total of 224 hours and packed more than 25,000 meals.

Legislator of the Year – Senator Colin Bonini: Senator Bonini has been an advocate for the Food Bank of Delaware and numerous other community organizations. Senator Bonini was instrumental in the completion of our Milford Expansion. This past September, he spoke at our Milford Expansion grand opening event, where he provided a demonstration of his gratitude for the work of the Food Bank of Delaware.

Advocate of the Year – Karen Williams: As a social studies teacher at Lake Forest High School in Felton, Karen makes it a priority to educate her students about the problems of hunger in Delaware. William’s Leadership class at the high school frequently volunteers at the food bank’s Milford Branch and the Lake Forest Church Association, one of the Food Bank’s Hunger-Relief Partners. As a result of Karen’s leadership, Lake Forest High School was one of the first schools in the state to start an in-school food pantry.

Partner of the Year – Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant: Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant has significantly increased its support of the Food Bank of Delaware in recent years. Iron Hill first became involved with the organization through The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware. Serving as a member of the advisory committee, Iron Hill helped develop the school’s earliest curriculum and advised on topics that were relevant to Delaware’s restaurant owners and operators.

Retailer of the Year – Walmart: The Food Bank of Delaware honors Walmart as its Retailer of the Year. Over the past five years, Walmart has donated more than 1,376,000 pounds of fresh foods to Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table. Using a refrigerated truck, donated by Walmart, Food Bank of Delaware drivers pick up from 10 Walmart stores up and down the state each week. Walmart donates a variety of foods including bakery items, fresh produce, meats and more. In addition to donating the truck and fresh foods, Walmart has donated more than $300,000 to Food Bank programming over the past five years

Food Donor of the Year – Lunch with a Purpose: The ladies of Lunch with a Purpose are making a difference in the community. On the first Friday of the month from September to May, 250 ladies attend the special luncheon in Sussex County. Each month a different charity partner is highlighted, but a canned good drive for the Food Bank remains a constant. Since 2010, the group has collected close to 20,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank through the monthly luncheon.

Hunger-Relief Partner of the Year – Calvary Assembly of God: Calvary Assembly of God in Dover offers a wide variety of programs to meet the community’s most basic of needs, food. Through partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, Calvary hosts the Food Bank’s mobile pantry truck two times a month, holds a monthly food box distribution for senior citizens through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and operates a weekly food closet program for those in need.

Check out some photos from the evening!

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Combs

Kathy Combs Volunteer SpotlightVolunteers are the heart and soul of our organization.

Kathy Combs started volunteering at the Food Bank just three weeks ago, but has already demonstrated her commitment to a hunger-free community. Kathy’s interest in hunger was sparked through a class she is currently taking at Wilmington University. She wrote a paper on food insecurity and researched the Food Bank’s impact on the local community.

“I was really interested in the Food Bank’s programs,” she explains.  “They have a lot of innovative programs that address the issue of food insecurity and hunger in Delaware. I was very impressed with just the statistic of how many people are hungry in our state. The Food Bank addresses the problem from a lot of different innovative angles. They are not just supplying food, but also [offer] a lot of innovative programs on how to get food to people.”

Kathy has been helping out in the Newark warehouse a few times each week. Some typical projects she helps with include packing bags full of weekend food for at-risk children who participate in our weekend Backpack Program and packing food boxes for senior citizens who participate in our monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Kathy says that volunteering makes her feel good.  “I enjoy meeting others here and finding out why they like to volunteer.”

She enjoys it so much that she’s working to schedule a time for both her family and coworkers to come in to help out on a Saturday.

Thank you to Kathy and the thousands of other dedicated volunteers who visit our facilities each year!

To learn more about volunteering at the Food Bank of Delaware, please visit


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