Food Bank of Delaware kicks off its annual Thanksgiving food drive

We kicked off our annual Thanksgiving food drive today! We need your help collecting food items in order to create 2,700 Thanksgiving meal boxes for families in need!

Through our Thanksgiving for All holiday box distribution, eligible 501(c)3 organizations in New Castle and Kent counties will have an opportunity to pick up free meal boxes for families in need. Organizations in Sussex County may sign up for Mountaire Farm’s Thanksgiving for Thousands distribution. Households in need of holiday food assistance should call the Delaware Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-464-HELP.

To help fill the boxes, we are asking for the public’s assistance in making sure that no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups are encouraged to organize food drives throughout the holiday season. Food for the Thanksgiving boxes must be received by Friday, November 15.

“Starting November 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients will automatically receive a decrease in their monthly benefits as a result of the expiration of the increase provided by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said our President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This will be detrimental for many, especially seniors, families with children and the disabled. With the automatic decrease and the government shutdown, it is possible that our most-vulnerable populations will not receive food benefits in the upcoming months. We are preparing for the worst. To help meet the increased demand, especially during the holiday season, we encourage Delawareans to step up to help their neighbors in need.”

We are 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)

Those who 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 ask that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off at our Newark or Milford facilities:

Food Bank of Delaware – Newark
14 Garfield Way
Newark, DE  19713
(302) 292-1305
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Food Bank of Delaware – Milford
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-3301
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information about hosting a holiday food drive, please visit   Organizations who are interested in serving as a drop-off location for holiday food donations may contact Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator, at or (302) 292-1305 ext 253.

Organizations wanting to sign up to receive holiday meal boxes, please contact Barbara Brkovich at (302) 292-1305 ext 259 or Organizations in Sussex County wishing to learn more about Mountaire Farm’s Thanksgiving for Thousands distribution may visit Households in need of food assistance may call the Delaware Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-800-464-4357).


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