Food Bank of Delaware and T.S. Smith & Sons celebrate season’s harvest with Dinner in the Orchard

In partnership with T.S. Smith & Sons, we will celebrate the harvest season with our second annual Dinner in the Orchard event on Thursday, September 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at T.S. Smith & Sons’ farm in Bridgeville.

The evening will feature fresh foods straight from local farms, beer, wine and entertainment from jazz band, the Swing Notables. Food for the evening will be prepared by students from our Culinary School at the newly-expanded branch in Milford. The event will take place in a pavilion located in one of the farm’s many fruit orchards. Circle K Outfitters will provide carriage rides of the farm. Proceeds benefit our Milford branch expansion project.

Construction on the 2.6 million dollar expansion project began last September. The newly-expanded branch includes a full-sized industrial kitchen to house The Culinary School and a volunteer room to increase hunger-relief programming in Kent and Sussex Counties. A grand opening will take place on September 20.

“TS Smith & Sons is honored to be hosting this fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford location,” said Charlie Smith, fourth generation farmer and partner, T.S. Smith & Sons. “We are happy to do our part to end hunger close to home and hope for another sold out event like last year.”

“Last year’s event was incredibly successful,” said our Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “The food was absolutely delicious, and it was a great opportunity to not only gather with fellow community members, but also raise money for a very worthwhile cause – alleviating hunger in Kent and Sussex Counties. We’re excited to show off the skills of our culinary students, while also showcasing fresh foods that are grown right here in our own backyard.”

Tickets for the event are $50/person. The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. To purchase tickets, please contact Kim Turner at (302) 444-8074 or Online registration and directions to the event are available at

Event sponsorships are still available. To learn more about event sponsorship, contact Turner. The following organizations have signed up to sponsor: Gold: Accessible Home Builders; Silver: Harrington Raceway & Casino; Bronze: BASF Corp.; Betts and Biddle Eye Care; Muncie Insurance and Financial Services; Subway of Milford

Check out some pictures from last year’s event:


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