At a time when more and more families in Delaware face the threat of going hungry, Chase Bank USA President Keith Schuck, presented us with a donated state-of-the-art food delivery truck this morning at our Newark warehouse. In addition Chase made a donation of $16,676 to help with operations of the truck and our mobile pantry program.
We are so excited about this new truck! John, one of our warehouse associates and drivers, is probably the most excited member of our staff as he will get to drive it! The truck still has everyone’s favorite “new car smell”!
In his remarks to a crowd of about 65 FBD supporters, Keith said, “JPMorgan Chase is proud to be here today and proud to be part of this community. We strive to be a catalyst for meaningful, positive, and sustainable change within our highest need neighborhoods and communities across the globe”
This new truck alone will allow us to distribute an additional 250,000 pounds of fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and dairy products to 241,600 Delawareans at risk of going hungry. The truck will be used to pick up food donations, drop off food to our network of 440 Hunger-Relief Program Partners and for the mobile pantry program.
“Thanks to Chase’s generosity and commitment to ending hunger we will be able to reach more Delawareans in the coming year who oftentimes are faced with the difficult decision of choosing between buying a bag of groceries and paying their rent or mortgage,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This new truck is a symbol of hope – hope for a community free of hunger.”
We were happy that Congressman Mike Castle and Delaware Health and Social Services Cabinet Secretary Rita Landgraf were able to join us to celebrate Chase’s generosity and our new vehicle.
“I commend Chase Bank for their donation of the new food delivery truck, and the Food Bank of Delaware for its steadfast dedication to feed hundreds of thousands of Delawareans in need,” said Congressman Castle. “This effort is a testament to the strength of our community and our shared goal of ensuring that Delawareans do not go hungry, particularly during this challenging economic time.”
“The generous gift of the refrigerated truck will go a long way to help fight hunger in our state,” said Secretary Landgraf. “Similar to the program in which DHSS partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware to put food closets in each of our state service centers, the use of the truck in the Mobile Pantry program will make it easier for people to get the help they need by bringing the food bank to them.”
Chase’s donation is part of a $5 million national grant to Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks.
The national donation will support hunger-fighting initiatives, supplying 34 trucks to 20 food banks in communities hit hard by the recession. The trucks’ destinations include Feeding America network food banks in 19 cities and local communities nationwide. With the new trucks, food banks can transport up to 1.5 million pounds of food — the equivalent of 1,171,185 additional meals — annually.