Monthly Archives: September 2011

Chase “Drives Out” Senior Hunger

Yesterday was a great day of alleviating senior hunger! We spent the afternoon with more than 350 Chase associates at their downtown Wilmington location. Thanks to their help we were able to create 360 senior meal boxes in one hour for distribution in the coming weeks! Associates lined up and filled up boxes with household staples such as peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juice, pasta and other canned goods!

The tent was buzzing with activity as Chase associates and Food Bank staff awaited the arrival of Jeff Gordon! The Chase event took place as part of AARP’s Drive to End Hunger initiative – an effort to combat the issue of hunger among older Americans. Gordon drives the No.24 Drive to End Hunger Cheverolet and has championed the issue of senior hunger. He lended a hand yesterday and even created his own box for a Delaware senior in need!

In 2011 and 2012, Chase will automatically donate $0.03 for every purchase made with the AARP Visa Card, as well as $1 for each new account opened—up to $2 million each year—to Drive to End Hunger. To date, AARP Foundation has raised more than $12 million to combat hunger among older Americans.  Since the beginning of the NASCAR season, Drive to End Hunger has donated more than 3 million meals through local hunger relief organizations.

This evening we will receive a check for $10,000 at an AARP Delaware-sponsored food drive outside the Dover Mall as part of the NASCAR festivities taking place at Dover International. The first 65 fans to donate a non-perishable food item at the Drive to End Hunger display starting at 4 p.m. today will receive a wristband to the autograph session at 7:15 p.m.

Thank you to Chase and AARP for helping to “Drive Out” hunger from our community!

Here are some more pictures from yesterdays volunteer event at Chase!




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A Claymont Mobile Pantry

Thanks to our great group of volunteers from ING DIRECT who helped us distribute food on Saturday morning at our mobile pantry at the Claymont Fire Company! In addition to helping distribute, ING DIRECT also donated more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to help students start the school year off on the right foot!

We served more than 170 households for a total of 532 individuals! Families received 30-pound meal boxes, whole chickens donated by Perdue and a hygeine kit (in addition to the ING DIRECT-sponsored backpack)! Families and individuals were truly thankful for the assistance they received – everyone left the firehouse with a smile on their face. In fact, we started our workday this morning with an email thanking us for our services…

“Dear Food Bank of Delaware, I just want to say “thank you” for not only the food box I received for myself and my son, but also for the kind, respectful attitudes your workers/volunteers showed the many of us who were lined up today (Sat., Sept. 17).

It has been rough since I resigned from my job in June (for medical reasons), and I usually try to help others as much as I can, but I needed the help this time. It is a very humbling experience and I appreciate all you do! I would love to volunteer in the near future with your organization!”

What a great way to start the day!

Check out some pictures from Saturday’s distribution!

Organizations or individuals who are interested in sponsoring the mobile pantry to help families in need, may contact Larry Haas, Development Director, at (302) 294-0185 or



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We have disco fever!

Walk around our warehouse in Newark and you’ll see traces of what will soon look like a disco straight out of the Saturday Night Fever movie! We have a large sketch of a John Travolta’s signature pose in our isolation room, disco lights have been hung for testing and our warehouse department is busy getting the warehouse in tip-top shape for our Saturday Night Fever Blue Jean Ball!

We will host our annual signature event on Saturday, October 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in our Newark warehouse at 14 Garfield Way in the Delaware Industrial Park.

Guests can leave their black tie gala attire at home for this annual event. Blue Jean Ball attendees are asked to don their favorite blue jeans or hippest outfits for a night at the disco. This year’s theme will take guests back to the disco days; the food bank’s 33,000-square-foot warehouse will be transformed into a space reminiscent of the Saturday Night Fever dance floor.  Special to this year’s event – stylists from Cielo Spa and Salon will be on hand for mini disco makeovers – think glitter makeup and feathered blowouts for the ladies and pompadours for men!  (Donations to the Food Bank will be accepted for these beauty services!)

The Blue Jean Ball is held each year to raise awareness of the acute problem of hunger in Delaware and the important role the Food Bank plays in combating hunger, as well as its root cause – poverty.

The evening will feature beer and wine and fine cuisine prepared by the Food Bank of Delaware’s Executive Chef, Tim Hunter, Chef Instructor, Mark Saunders, and students from The Culinary School. The evening’s menu includes popular foods from the era such as mini monte cristo sandwiches, ambrosia salad, lamb chops with minted demi-glace, a gourmet “shake-n-bake” chicken, salmon, rice-a-roni, macaroni and cheese and more.

Live entertainment will be provided by Strangers, the area’s newest party band. Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on a wide selection of items during the silent auction, including a trip to Hawaii.

“Nearly one in four Delawareans depend on our emergency food assistance services,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We meet thousands of families who oftentimes are faced with the difficult decision of buying groceries or paying their rent or mortgage, and seniors who must choose between buying food and paying for their medications. The funds raised from this year’s Blue Jean Ball will help us provide emergency food so families and individuals aren’t forced to choose between food and other basic necessities.”

 By utilizing the warehouse space and the culinary skills of students and its staff of chefs, we are able to significantly reduce costs. Last year, close to 90 percent of event proceeds went directly back to our hunger-relief efforts.     

Be sure to get your tickets soon for the funkiest party in town! Tickets are available for $100/person and $1,000/table of ten. Tickets may be purchased by calling (302) 444-8074 or by visiting See you on the dance floor!


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A Sabbatical for Hunger Relief

Dr. Nancy Cotugna, DrPH, RD, a dedicated Food Bank board member and Professor at the University of Delaware, is spending her nine-month teaching sabbatical at the Food Bank developing programs to help provide more avenues for Delawareans in need to seek food assistance.

During her time with us she will write two state plans to develop and implement a WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and a Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Delaware is one of only 14 states currently not operating the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

In addition to writing the two state plans, Cotugna will build on the work conducted by our summer interns, Dan Reyes and Nick Rockwell (read more about their work by clicking here), by writing grants for the Community Supported Agriculture Program. Also, she will establish a workplan for the future of the Anti-Hunger Coalition, currently funded by the Delaware Community Foundation.

Dr. Cotugna spent her last teaching sabbatical at the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. During that time she successfully brought the SNAP-education program to state of Delaware.

“I’m looking forward to spending time at the Food Bank,” she says. “It will be a nice change of pace and I’m really excited to work on these projects.”

Dr. Cotugna expects the projects to be completed by June 2012.

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September is Hunger Action Month

Today is September 1 and it’s the start of Hunger Action Month!

September is Hunger Action Month. The Food Bank of Delaware, a member of Feeding America, joins with food banks across the country to ask everyone in Delaware to play a role in fighting domestic hunger. 

Hunger affects communities all across the country—rural, urban, and suburban. Right here in Delaware nearly one in four Delawareans struggle with hunger.  The problem is closer than you think, but so is the solution.

Throughout the campaign, the Food Bank will call on you to take action.  Whether it’s by hosting a food drive, spending a few hours at our warehouses in Newark or Milford, advocating on behalf of the hungry or sharing your Food Bank of Delaware experience with someone else, there is a lot to do to take action!

Our nation is in recovery from a massive recession, and we’re working harder every day to assist individuals and their families right here in Delaware in these tough economic times.

To find out how you can get involved in the fight against hunger right here in Delaware, please visit our website, There’s tons of information on starting a food drive, holding a virtual food drive, donating through our Amazon wishlist, volunteering and more! Just a little will go a long way in our fight against hunger! Take action today!

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