Senator Tom Carper, Congressman-elect John Carney and State Representatives Jack Peterman, Harvey Kenton and Darryl Scott joined us yesterday morning to officially kick off our campaign to nearly double the size of our current 8,000-square-foot facility in Milford! Carper also announced that Delaware’s federal delegation was successful in securing $194,800 in appropriations funding for the project.
“We don’t want people to go hungry in our community,” he said. “We hope this money will help leverage additional funding to upsize and expand this operation to meet the increased needs.”
“The Food Bank of Delaware is a unique kind of bank,” said Carney. “Deposits go in, but they go to others. The return is the satisfaction of helping others in the community.”
Incorporating environmentally-friendly technology, we plan to expand our children’s nutrition programs, build a professional-sized kitchen to house a Culinary School, a volunteer room, school supply shop and discounted market at the Milford facility.
- The Culinary School is currently operated out of the Newark facility. The 12-week program trains under- and unemployed adults skills in the culinary arts. Because the travel distance is a deterrent, a kitchen to house the program is needed for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties.
- The kitchen will also be used to double the amount of meals produced for our after-school and summer feeding programs.
- The addition of, Trevor, our great Volunteer Coordinator in Milford has put us on the map as a volunteer destination for Kent and Sussex counties! However, space is limited and volunteers oftentimes are forced to work outside or in the aisles of the warehouse.
- The Market at the Food Bank of Delaware will also be housed in the warehouse. This discounted grocery store is open to the public and allows low-income families to stretch their food dollars.
- A school supply shop within the facility will allow teachers from low-income schools to pick up donated school supplies for students in need.
To date, we have been successful in raising close to $1.2 million for the project. An additional two million dollars is needed, said our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe. “The expansion of our Milford facility is imperative in order to meet the increased demand for food assistance services in Kent and Sussex Counties,” she said. “With one in four Delawareans depending on our services, the time to act is now.”
“It is not the responsibility of any one of these groups to feed those in need,” said George Reissig, our board member and President and Chief Executive Officer of Pixstar, Inc. in Lewes. “It’s the responsibility of all of who are able. This needs to be on our minds not only today, but every day.”
It’s an exciting time at the Food Bank as we focus on providing more services to Delawareans! In addition to our expanded role serving those in need, the new facility will also incorporate the latest in green technology! Plans call for solar power, a geothermal HVAC system, rainwater collection system for restroom recharge, use of recycled construction materials and more!
For more information about the Milford expansion, please contact Larry Haas, Development Director, at (302) 294-0184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out some photos from yesterday’s kickoff announcement!