We cut the ribbon on our newly-expanded Milford branch this morning. The $2.6 million expansion includes the new Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware Culinary Kitchen, DuPont Volunteer Room and Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Culinary Classroom.
The expansion doubles the size of the existing 8,000-square-foot warehouse on Mattlind Way. The project, designed by Delaware Architects, and managed by Richard Y Johnson & Son, allows the Food Bank of Delaware to increase hunger-relief programming through the creation of a new volunteer room and train adults for the food service industry and prepare meals for the food bank’s Children’s Nutrition program through the new industrial-sized kitchen.
“We are so happy to welcome everyone here today, a day, that at times, we thought would never come,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We have this beautiful new facility, and it’s already being used. On September 9 we welcomed fourteen members of the inaugural class here at the Milford Branch. And best of all, I’m happy to report that the project is paid for in its entirety. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we didn’t borrow a penny for this project.”
Patricia was joined at the podium by Rita Landgraf, Delaware’s Secretary of Health and Social Services, Ellen Vollinger, legal director for the Food Research and Action Center, Senator Colin Bonini and other community and government leaders.
“Today, we are grateful for the services and support that this Milford Branch of the Food Bank of Delaware will provide to people who are hungry,” said Landgraf. “Across the state, the food bank and its network of hunger-relief partners serve more than 240,000 Delawareans – more than a quarter of the people who live in our state.”
“Nutritious food is a basic health requirement – a community that is hungry cannot be healthy,” said Tim Constantine, Highmark Delaware’s president. “Similarly, individuals need to have access to jobs to attain general well-being. Highmark Delaware is pleased to support this project, which addresses hunger from two directions – providing food for immediate relief, and providing job training to help people build a better future.”
“The Food Bank of Delaware is a recognized leader in the fight to end hunger in the United States,” said Vollinger. “The Milford Branch expansion strengthens its capacity to make a real difference for Delaware through greater volunteer involvement, direct service delivery, and policy advocacy.”
Guests enjoyed tours of the new facility and lunch prepared by students from The Culinary School following the ceremony.
The expanded facility now allows us to accommodate larger volunteer groups during both day and evening hours, for a list of available opportunities in Milford, visit http://www.fbd.volunteerhub.com. To learn more about The Culinary School, please contact Brenda Palomo, Culinary Program Manager, at (302) 424-3301 ext 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.