By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator
A band of a dozen kids from three families, the Moores, Taylors and Gosnears, collected nearly 7,000 pounds of food and $5,000 in cash donations through neighborhood holiday food drives since 2010.
The kids, now students at Worcester Prep Academy, Sussex Arts & Science and Cape Henlopen, started when some were as young as six years old.
The first year, 2010, the collection started with a Halloween haunted house, where admission was either two cans of food or a cash donation. Although parents decided the haunted house was too large to tackle in successive years, the youngsters, some now in high school, decided to continue the project by passing out letters and bags in The Glade and Henlopen Acres neighborhoods two weeks prior to the collection day.
Last year’s effort was the most successful, according to Dakin Moore.
All concur that the collection, which involves picking up the donations in a box truck, is the most run, since some of the kids follow along on skateboards. The collection and weighing process also involves a party of sorts.
“The best part is hanging out together,” said Meg Lingo.
Dakin describes “the weighing system is very efficient, like Henry Ford’s assembly line.” Abby Taylor is designated to record the weight of the donated food.
“We like having fun and helping people at the same time,” said Leigh Lingo.
The Glades neighborhood in Lewes has hosted a food drive each year since 2010. They deliver paper grocery bags asking for donations of food and money for the Food Bank. In four years they have brought in nearly 7,000 pounds of food and $5,000 in cash donations.
This year they collected $1,350 and 1,500 pounds of food.
You, too, can make a difference! To host a food drive for the Food Bank of Delaware through the Share a Second Helping winter giving campaign, a collaboration with the Coalition to End Hunger, Delaware Health and Social Services and Delaware 2-1-1, please click here!