As you can imagine, last week was incredibly busy at the Food Bank of Delaware as we worked to make sure Delaware families struggling to make ends meet had plenty to eat for the Thanksgiving holiday. From picking up jam-packed holiday food drive barrels to holding two Thanksgiving food distributions, the Food Bank was swarming with activity.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday we fed more than 600 households at mobile food distributions in Newark and Milford. Newly-elected State Representative Ed Osienski (Representative Osienski is in the photo above!) joined our Newark Staff last Tuesday at UAW Local 1183 for our Thanksgiving distribution and State Representatives Darryl Scott and Jack Peterman spent last Wednesday afternoon with 15 Food Bank volunteers and a slew of Food Bankers to help spread holiday cheer at the Milford Branch.
Frozen turkeys, mashed potatoes, pies, bread, 30-pound boxes of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, bags of beverages and more were distributed directly from our parking lot in Milford. Families and individuals began lining up two hours before the free food distribution was scheduled to begin.
“I am so grateful,” said Tracy Tillman of Lewes, who was one of hundreds of individuals who received assistance through the holiday distribution. “I have a husband who has been out of work for two years and I just recently picked up three days a week so this is a blessing.”
“News reports indicate that our economy is improving, but the faces in line today tell a different story,” said Crystal Timmons, our Milford Branch Manager (to the left with Representatives Peterman (left) and Scott (right)). “Local families in Kent and Sussex Counties are still struggling to make ends meet. We hear stories of seniors choosing to buy a bag of groceries or paying for medications and families who oftentimes don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”
“I really believe that help is needed in our community,” said State Representative Peterman. “There are so many smiles out here because people truly appreciate the help they’re receiving.”
Representative Scott added, “There is a great need in our community. It’s so important that we continue to support the Food Bank and their efforts to eradicate hunger.”
If you are interested in helping us to alleviate hunger this holiday season (and all year long!), there are many ways to get involved!
- Volunteer. Check out our volunteer opportunities by clicking here.
- Host a food drive. Holiday food drive donations are down. We need your help. Learn more about hosting a food drive by clicking here.
- Make a gift. Did you know you can make a holiday gift to the Food Bank in lieu of giving gifts to family members? We will send a card to your friend or family member indicating that a gift has been made in their name to help end hunger! For more information, please contact our Development Director, Larry Haas at email@example.com or (302) 294-0185.