Food Bank of Delaware to break ground on Milford expansion project

Our Board of Directors announced this week that they have voted unanimously to break ground on the Milford Branch expansion project.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested contractors will take place on Wednesday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Milford Branch (1040 Mattlind Way, Milford), and all sealed bids must be received at the Milford Branch by 2:00 p.m. on August 9, 2012. The $2.8 million project will bring approximately 75-100 new jobs to Milford. 

“We’re excited to move forward with this much-needed project,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Residents of Kent and Sussex Counties are depending on us to follow through with our commitment to expand our hunger-relief and job-training programming in the southern part of our state. The time to build is now.”

“Everyone supporting this project is pleased that this expansion plan is coming together,” said Board Chairman and Citizens Bank Vice President Scott Sukeena. “I am personally looking forward to the day that this project is completed so that the food bank can provide the much needed relief to the hungry in Kent & Sussex County.”

Plans call for the construction of an industrial-sized kitchen to prepare hot meals for children in after-school enrichment programs, house The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, a volunteer room to eliminate the need for volunteers to work in warehouse aisles, and additional space to increase hunger-relief programming for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties. The Culinary School will serve under- and unemployed adults, individuals in prison re-entry programs and the disabled. The school will be a second site to the existing Culinary School at the organization’s Newark warehouse.

“This long awaited ground-breaking is incredible news for Kent and Sussex. Delawareans everywhere will benefit from the expansion of services and the jobs creation of the project,” said Board Member, George Reissig, and CEO of Pixstar, Inc. in Lewes, Del.

The creation of the volunteer room will allow our organization to double the number of volunteers from 6,000 to 12,000 and enable volunteers to pack meal boxes for senior citizens and emergency meal boxes for the mobile pantry program.

Construction will be completed within the year, and we will continue to raise funds for the project during construction.

For more information about the campaign, please visit www.fbdfeedingourfuture.org.

Check out some renderings of the project!

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