Bank of America Responds to Sharp Increase in Food Assistance Demands

We can always count on the support and generosity of our friends at Bank of America! They are true advocates in our fight against hunger. Yesterday close to 30 Bank of America associates gathered outside New Destiny Fellowship on Wilmington’s eastside to distribute emergency food and school supplies to 289 households and 775 individuals in need.

Families received a seven-day supply of nonperishable goods, fresh potatoes, bananas and tomatoes, bread, a whole chicken, paper products, beverages and more.

During the volunteer event, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced a $55,000 grant to our mobile pantry program. Through the program, a food bank truck travels to a designated underserved area during hours when clients find it easier to receive assistance. Emergency meal boxes, fresh produce, bakery items and other available food and non-food products are distributed from the back of the truck.

“This food is really going to help me because I don’t have anything in my refrigerator right now,” said Christine Thomas, a mobile pantry recipient. “I just started a new job so I won’t get paid for awhile.”

“In these challenging economic times, nonprofits like the Food Bank of Delaware have been nothing short of a lifeline for countless families and individuals,” said Chip Rossi, Bank of America Delaware market president.  “With funding much harder to come by, coupled with a dramatic increase in demand, providing financial and volunteer support to organizations addressing basic human needs is more important than ever.”

 “We are incredibly appreciative of Bank of America’s generosity and commitment to our mission,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “They are truly advocates in our fight against hunger. This critical funding will allow us to distribute even more nutritious foods to some of Delaware’s most vulnerable, including children and seniors.”

Thanks again to Bank of America!

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