The Delaware State Police announced today that they are hosting a community-wide food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. Members of the public may drop off nonperishable holiday food donations to the collection barrel located within each Delaware State Police Troop location statewide. Click here for a list of locations. The Food Drive will run from December 7 through December 19.

All donations collected through the effort will be used to help stock the shelves of hungry Delawareans this holiday season.

“We are very proud and thankful to join forces with the Food Bank of Delaware in an effort to help those challenged in these economic times,” said the Director of the DSP Public Information Office, Sergeant Paul G. Shavack.  “Our Troopers often get to see Delawareans struggling with hunger during the course of their normal duties, and this is what motivates us to partner with the Food Bank of Delaware, making sure that these struggling families can enjoy meals during this holiday season.”

“We continue to be thankful of the outpouring of support from the Delaware State Police,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “They have been a friend from the beginning. From their help with locating our stolen vehicles during the “Great Chicken Heist of 2008” to the numerous food drives they hold throughout the year, the Delaware State Police department is a valuable supporter. With close to 242,000 Delawareans struggling with hunger each year, the help of our community is needed now more than ever.”

 The Food Bank of Delaware needs the following items:
• Hot and cold cereals
• Instant or shelf-stable milk
• Fruit juice
• Canned meats: ham, tuna, spam, vienna sausage, corned beef, turkey and chicken
• Peanut butter and jelly
• Pork and beans, refried beans, beans and rice
• Canned soups and stew
• Kidney, pinto, lima, black beans (dry) and green beans
• Mixed vegetables, corn, carrots, peas and other canned vegetables
• Long-grain rice and rice mixes;
• Pasta, macaroni and cheese and instant potatoes
• Applesauce, pineapple, peaches, apricots, pears, mixed fruit and other canned fruits
• Baking mixes for pancakes, waffles, muffins and cakes
• Spaghetti sauce

 Holiday Items:
• Canned sweet potatoes
• Canned gravy
• Cranberry sauce
• Stuffing mix 

Supplemental items:

• Adobo seasoning
• Coffee
• Tea
• Hot cocoa mix
• Evaporated milk
• Cooking oil
• Condiments; ketchup, mustard, and syrup

Nonfoods:
• Diapers and wipes
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Shampoo
• Conditioner
• Bar soap
• Paper products such as towels, plates, napkins, tissues and toilet paper
• Plastic utensils

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December 7, 2011 · 3:48 pm

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