It’s Holiday Food Drive Season!

We kicked off our annual holiday food drive season yesterday! With the help of our community, we hope to collect more than 200,000 pounds of food for the less fortunate this holiday season.

Earlier this year, we released startling new statistics on the number of Delawareans who utilize emergency food assistance. In 2006, through our network of hunger-relief partners, we served 88,400 Delawareans; today more than 241,000 Delawareans depend on these services, and 44 percent of those households served are children under the age of 18.

 “Close to one in four Delawareans depend on emergency food assistance services,” says Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This holiday season I encourage all Delawareans to take a stand against hunger and help make the holiday season bright for our struggling neighbors in need.”

 We are asking for the public’s assistance in making sure that no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups can organize food drives. Food drives can be a fun way to foster competition amongst departments, groups, classrooms and more!

 We are in need of:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned or packets of gravy
  • Pie crust
  • Chocolate pudding mix
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Seasoned stuffing mix
  • Biscuit mix
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, yams and peas)
  • Canned fruits (pineapple and apple sauce)
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Apple juice
  • Turkey roasting pans
  • Frozen turkeys (drop off to Newark or Milford warehouses only)

Food collected from the holiday food drive will be distributed to people in need through our network of 440 hunger-relief program partners. These hunger-relief agencies include churches, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, rehabilitation programs, senior centers and more.

Those who collect more than 20 boxes/bags of donated food may make arrangements with us to have donations picked up. In an effort to save money on transportation costs and be green, we do ask that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off to one of our facilities:

 Newark
14 Garfield Way
Newark, DE  19713
(302) 292-1305
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Milford
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-3301
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information about hosting a holiday food drive, please visit http://www.fbd.org/take_action/food-drive.html. Organizations who are interested in serving as a public drop-off location for holiday food donations may contact Jim Weir, Operations Director, at jweir@fbd.org or (302) 444-8073.

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