Our staff spent the day at Legislative Hall last Thursday educating Delaware’s elected officials on the issues of hunger in the First State. Our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe, kicked off the day by presenting to the Delaware Kids Caucus on childhood hunger in Delaware. She outlined the many ways the Food Bank is addressing childhood hunger and efforts the Anti-Hunger Coalition has made to increase school breakfast participation by utilizing a Grab and Go breakfast in the classroom format.
Here are just a few of the ways we have impacted Delaware children this year:
- Distributed 304,108 meals to children through our Afterschool Nutrition Program
- Distributed 405,000-plus meals in just nine weeks last summer through the Summer Nutrition Program
- Distributed 71,674 bags through the Backpack Program – just last week we served 3,158 children
- Distributed 12,731 pounds of food through our School Pantry Program
- Taught children about healthy eating and ways to cook at home through our Kid C.H.E.F. program
Representative Ed Osienski sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 49 during the afternoon legislative session recognizing the Food Bank of Delaware’s commitment to ending hunger in the First State. Our President and CEO spoke to members of the House of Representatives and said, “from Senate District 1 in Wilmington to Senate District 4 in Chateau Country and Representative District 40 in Laurel, hunger impacts each and every part of our state.” Members of both the House and Senate received a packet of information outlining the Food Bank of Delaware’s impact on their district’s constituents.
Despite making a tremendous impact on the First State’s economy and its people, only 5 percent of our funding comes from state government. Patricia encouraged our elected officials to get involved in our fight against hunger, because it truly takes everyone working in collaboration to help meet the needs of our most vulnerable!
Check out some pictures from Legislative Day!