State Service Center Food Closets

It’s been a busy week here at the Food Bank of Delaware! On Monday our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe, was joined by Delaware Health and Social Services Cabinet Secretary, Rita Landgraf, Jane Vincent of the Delaware Community Foundation, Michael Acierno of the Frank Acierno Foundation Fund and AstraZeneca to announce a new partnership with the Delaware State Service Centers.

Thanks to the support of AstraZeneca and the Frank Acierno Foundation Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation all state service centers will have fully-operating food closets.

The new partnership will enhance current state service center food closets with the needed resources to effectively serve Delawareans utilizing the centers for human services. Through the partnership, the food closets will now be able to accommodate a variety of food and nonfood products, including frozen foods.

 “During these tough economic times for the state as well as all of its residents, it’s crucial that we’re able to form partnerships with agencies throughout Delaware that share our mission,” said Rita M. Landgraf, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services.  “Working with the Food Bank of Delaware within our social service network gives us an even better opportunity to help provide an essential service to our fellow Delawareans when they are most at need.”

“This partnership is an important example of nonprofits, corporations, foundations and state government all coming together to provide more services even during a tough economic climate,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “When we pull our resources together we can accomplish much more.”

“The Frank E. Acierno Foundation Fund is pleased to be a key supporter in enhancing food closets in Delaware’s state service centers,” noted Michael Acierno, Vice President of Allied Properties. “It’s good to know that our funding will help those in need of emergency food assistance throughout the state.”

 Based on state service center needs, food bank volunteers will be responsible for inventorying product at the center, ordering from the food bank’s agency menu and stocking the closets. Volunteers are currently needed to help with the partnership. For more information, please contact Kat Caudle, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@fbd.org.

Clients currently utilizing state service centers can expect to receive enough food for three days based on family size, as well as personal products and baby products if necessary. For a complete listing of state service centers, please visit http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/ofclocations.html.

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