Monday was a jam-packed day of service at the Food Bank of Delaware! More than 150 volunteers spent time with us at our Newark Branch, Governor Markell and a slew of other volunteers visited our Milford Branch and the afternoon was spent distributing food at our mobile pantry in Dover.
Close to 60 volunteers, including Representative Darryl Scott and Dover City Councilwoman Sophia Russell, helped us distribute food to close to 300 households for a total of 936 individuals. The parking lot at Fulton Street and Governors Avenue was lined hours before the 2pm start time with families hoping to receive assistance at the first-come, first-served mobile pantry.
“The turnout is an indicator of the great need in our community,” said Representative Scott. “It’s reenergized me to work harder to address the issue of hunger in our state.”
Students from Wesley College and other local middle and high schools were on hand to assist the Food Bank staff with the distribution. Sharon Kropf of Dover was out with her 16- and 17-year-old children. Both kids are frequent Food Bank volunteers!
“My kids really enjoy volunteering, especially interacting with those receiving assistance,” she said. “It’s absolutely been an eye opener for them.”
Families attending the mobile pantry received 30-pound meal boxes, which contained enough food to feed a family of four for several days, frozen turkeys, bananas, potatoes, clementine oranges, cheese, beverages, hygeine products and more.
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank of Delaware. Please visit www.fbd.volunteerhub.com.
Check out some more photos from the mobile pantry!