As summer’s crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, string beans and more begins to sprout, we encourage local gardeners and farmers to keep the food bank in mind as they harvest their summer bounty – surplus fruits and vegetables may be donated to Delawareans in need.
Produce donations are critical in ensuring that low-income adults and children receive proper nutrition. Oftentimes low-income individuals must choose between paying their rent or mortgage and buying a bag of groceries. To stretch food dollars, disadvantaged shoppers typically choose foods that are inexpensive, high in calories and lacking nutritional value.
A recent study by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation indicates that Delaware is the 20th obese state in the country. And disparities exist between obesity rates and income. More than a third of adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese compared with roughly a quarter of adults earning $50,000 or more per year. By placing an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income Delawareans we hope to close these disparities.”
Last year the Food Bank of Delaware distributed close to three million pounds of produce from the food industry, local gardeners and farmers to Delawareans in need. It doesn’t take much produce from an individual’s garden to make a real impact. The average harvest from a packet of lightweight vegetable seeds such as snap beans weighs about 20 pounds. And dense vegetables such as carrots produce about 100 pounds.
To donate your surplus, stop by our Newark (14 Garfield Way) or Milford (1040 Mattlind Way) warehouse weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Farmers interested in making a donation to the Food Bank of Delaware may contact Charlotte McGarry at (302) 294-0194. All donations are tax-deductible.