Planting Seeds for Delaware’s Hungry

As backyard vegetable gardeners begin to prepare for the spring planting season, the Food Bank of Delaware is encouraging individuals to consider planting a few extra seeds for our hungry neighbors in need.

With nearly one in four Delawareans depending on our network of hunger-relief partners, the need for getting fresh produce into the community is needed now more than ever, especially as low-income Delawareans struggle with obesity issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009 close to 36 percent of Delaware adults making between $15,000-24,999 per year were considered obese (BMI 30.0-99.8) compared to only 26 percent of adults making more than $50,000.

 “To stretch food dollars, disadvantaged shoppers typically choose foods that are inexpensive, high in calories and lacking nutritional value,” said one of our Community Nutritionists, Lisa Harkins. “Produce donations to the food bank are critical in ensuring that low-income adults and children receive proper nutrition.”

Last year more than two million pounds of produce were donated to the Food Bank. This year the we hope to exceed that amount. Produce donations that are most-needed include:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Cantaloupe
  • Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash
  • Carrots

“As gardeners throughout the state begin to start vegetable seeds inside, we hope they’ll keep the close to 242,000 Delawareans struggling to put food on the table in mind,” said ourPresident and CEO, Patricia Beebe.

A complete listing of produce drop-off sites will be be available as the harvest season begins!

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