Rescuing Food for Hungry Delawareans

Oftentimes when we think of food banks, images of canned goods and other nonperishable foods come to mind, but did you know we can also accept rescued foods from restaurants, caterers, delis, bakeries and others in the food industry? In an effort to feed more Delawareans and to help alleviate the amount of food that is wasted, we have implemented a food rescue program. The program works on the simple premise that good food should not be wasted especially when there are 241,600 Delawareans at risk of going hungry.

A look at how the program works:
Perishable and prepared foods are typically collected from:

  • Restaurants
  • Caterers
  • Corporate Dining Rooms
  • Hotels
  • Other Food Establishments

Donating surplus food is safe, efficient and cost-effective. It reduces disposal costs, while helping to feed hungry Delawareans. And donations are tax-deductible!

Whether a company would like to donate surplus food routinely or as it becomes available, we can ensure that food gets to the people who need it the most. The vast majority of the rescued food is made up of meat, fresh produce and dairy – some of the most difficult food to get into the diets of hungry men, women and children.

Potential donors have several options to consider:

  • Scheduled daily/weekly/monthly pickups
  • Occasional/on-call pickup for donors who have excess food less often than
    once a week
  • One-time-only pickup for donors who have minimum storage space

 Pick-ups work in two ways:

  • Trained Food Bank of Delaware staff will pick up your donation and deliver to one of our 440 hunger-relief program partners. Poundage will be tracked and the donor will be receipted.
  • A representative from the feeding program will pick up the food directly to bring back to their program. Poundage will be tracked and the donor will be receipted.

To learn more about this program or to start donating, please contact Jim Weir, Operations Director, at or (302) 444-8073. For a list of frequently asked questions, visit


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