By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator
I had the opportunity to participate in my first Turkey Round Up one bitterly cold and windy Friday afternoon earlier this month.
Although I’m relatively new to the Food Bank of Delaware staff, I’m not sure why it was my first. I worked at the Food Bank of Delaware during last year’s holiday season, so I guess my part-time schedule and this annual event didn’t mesh then.
For the initiated, the Turkey Round Up is a Thanksgiving tradition. Hosted by iHeartMedia (formerly Clearchannel), area residents and businesses are encouraged through radio broadcasts and advertising to drop off frozen turkeys or a monetary donation to purchase turkeys at a designated location.
I was assigned to help outside the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Dover.
Since it’s mid-November, no one was surprised that the weather was more than a bit chilly.
That’s an understatement. A polar vortex must have landed in Dover the night before, but that didn’t frost the hearts of local residents. People of all ages, including families with children, brought frozen turkeys and food to be loaded on the truck.
Others brought cash and checks.
The highlight of the two-day event was a $16,000+ donation made by the Delaware Welcome Center!
It was nice to chat with (and thank!) folks who took time out of their day and their budget to contribute.
Late in the afternoon, two representatives from Dover Federal Credit Union drove up with turkeys, food and a generous check for $1,585.83. Employees received a $20 voucher for a turkey then given the option to donate to the Turkey Round Up.
By the end of the two-day campaign, the Food Bank received 383 turkeys, more than a ton of non-perishable products and $33,845.73 in cash and checks.
All of these contributions will help hungry Delawareans have a happier Thanksgiving, including the one in five Delaware children who live in poverty.
Learn more about the Food Bank of Delaware and volunteer opportunities to help our neighbors at http://www.fbd.org.