By Natosha Bratcher, Communications Intern
My experience here at the Food Bank of Delaware as an intern in the Newark location for the spring 2014 semester has been a wonderful and enlightening experience. It has really been a time of learning for me. Before becoming an intern, I was not familiar with the organization and the numerous programs that they have. The number of people who benefit from the Food Bank’s daily operations is astounding, and the work that they do for the Delaware community is much needed.
I did not realize how prevalent the issue of hunger is here in the state of Delaware and how many people are participants in each program. These include the Children’s Nutrition Programs (After-School Nutrition Program, Backpack Program, Summer Food Service Program), The Culinary School, the Supplemental Nutrition Education Assistance Education Program (SNAP-Ed), Kid C.H.E.F, Senior Nutrition, Mobile Pantry, SNAP Outreach, School Pantries and the Community Supported Agriculture Program. From young children to the elderly, the Food Bank of Delaware ensures that all Delaware residents in need of assistance are helped.
I also did not realize how much the Food Bank of Delaware relied on volunteers to help with its daily operations. Volunteers do countless duties including helping with mailings, assembling meal boxes for the seniors and bags full of food for the children participating in the Backpack Program. The Food Bank of Delaware constantly is bustling with volunteer activity. Different organizations including schools, churches, local companies and corporations send their members every week to help with these duties and help sort the daily food donations that come into the Food Bank.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience and had a great time interacting with fellow volunteers and staff members at the Food Bank of Delaware!
Thank you, Natosha, for your work this semester! Everyone at the Food Bank of Delaware will miss you!