It was a great day for the Food Bank of Delaware! Local officials, donors and anti-hunger advocates joined our Board of Directors and staff, campaign chairman Mike Castle and Senator Tom Carper for the official groundbreaking of our $2.6 million expansion project this morning outside the current Milford facility.
The 8,000-square-foot expansion project, scheduled to be completed in August 2013, calls for the construction of a full-sized industrial kitchen to house The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware and a volunteer room to house volunteer activities and increase hunger-relief programming in Kent and Sussex Counties.
“Even in the best of times, there are individuals and families who are in need and turn to the food bank’s network for help,” said former congressman and capital campaign committee chair Mike Castle. “In tighter economic times such as now those needs increases. The expansion of the Milford Branch will help the southern part of our state meet that need and will provide valuable employee training for individuals. We extend our thanks to all who have made this expansion a reality and to all who provide volunteer help to the Food Bank of Delaware.”
Since The Culinary School’s inception in 2002, more than 265 students have graduated. The Culinary School at the Milford Branch will allow our organization to train 45 students each year for entry-level employment in the food service industry.
“This is a great day and sign of hope for all of those facing hunger in Kent and Sussex Counties as we mark the groundbreaking of the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford expansion,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper. “This project will not only enable the Food Bank to better provide food for those in need, but it will also generate 75 to 100 construction jobs and create a school for an additional 45 students to enroll in the Food Bank’s culinary training program and eventually secure good, stable jobs. That’s what I call a win-win for Delaware.”
To date we have raised $1.6 million of the needed $2.6 million. We hope to raise the remaining million during construction. “We are so thankful for those who have recognized that hunger is a critical issue in our state,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Delawareans in Kent and Sussex Counties are depending on us to deliver these much needed services and we cannot do it without the support of the community.”
To date the following organizations and individuals have donated:
- Longwood Foundation
- Welfare Foundation
- Delaware Federal Delegation, FY 2010 Appropriations
- USDA Rural Development Grant
- Delaware Community Foundation
- Perdue Foundation
- IG Burton and Company, Inc.
- Bank of America
- Crestlea Foundation
- Marmot Foundation
- M&T Bank
- Kent County Levy Court
- Sussex County Council
Check out some photos from today’s ground breaking!