We officially kicked off our holiday food drive season this week! This year will be a difficult one throughout the state of Delaware as more families struggle to afford food. A recent Gallup Poll indicates that Delaware ranks third in the nation for percentage of residents who cannot afford food. To add to the bleak news, we recently learned that one of New Castle County’s largest Thanksgiving meal providers, Basket Brigade, has suspended its operations. We hope that our community will step up in a big way to help fill the cupboards of those struggling to put meals on the table this holiday season!
To help fill Basket Brigade’s void in New Castle County, we will make available 2,500 free holiday boxes to qualified organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizations who previously worked with Basket Brigade and are in need of holiday food boxes to distribute to those in need should contact us by November 9 by calling (302) 292-1305 ext. 206 and leaving a voicemail with the requested information. All organizations receiving boxes must sign up in advance!
“It is our hope that after regrouping later next year, Basket Brigade will come back a stronger organization to help serve the needs of the thousands of Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “However, in the meantime, the Food Bank of Delaware stands ready to ensure that families have a hot meal on the table this Thanksgiving.”
To help fill the 2,500 boxes and ensure that our statewide program partners have plenty of food to distribute to those in need, volunteers are currently needed to help conduct food drives, raise funds to help purchase additional food items and volunteer in both of our Newark and Milford warehouses.
We are most in need of:
- Macaroni and cheese
- Canned or packets of gravy
- Pie crust
- Chocolate pudding mix
- Canned pumpkin
- Cranberry sauce
- Seasoned stuffing mix
- Biscuit mix
- Instant mashed potatoes
- Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, yams and peas)
- Canned fruits (pineapple and apple sauce)
- Pancake mix and syrup
- Apple juice
- Shelf-stable milk (32 oz.)
- Turkey roasting pans
- Frozen turkeys (drop off to Newark or Milford warehouses only)
Groups and individuals that collect more than 20 boxes/bags of donated food may make arrangements with the Food Bank of Delaware to have donations picked up. In an effort to save money on transportation costs, we request that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off.
Food Bank of Delaware – Newark
14 Garfield Way
Newark, DE 19713
Hours: MWF: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
TR: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Food Bank of Delaware – Milford Branch
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE 19963
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For our list of statewide drop-off locations, please click here! For more information about hosting a food drive, please visit http://www.fbd.org/holiday-food-drives/ or contact Christine Evans, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (302) 292-1305 ext 253 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Households in need of food assistance should not call the Food Bank of Delaware, but may call the Delaware Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-800-464-4357).