Food Bank of Delaware kicks off its annual Thanksgiving For All food/funds drive

thanksgivingThe Food Bank of Delaware kicked off its annual Thanksgiving For All food and funds drive today. The hunger-relief organization asks for the community’s assistance in collecting food items and monetary donations in order to create 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for families in need.

Through the Thanksgiving For All holiday box distribution, eligible 501(c)3 organizations in New Castle and Kent counties will have an opportunity to pick up 25 free meal boxes from the Food Bank of Delaware 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 1-800-464-4357.

To help fill the boxes, the Food Bank is 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 13. Food received after that time will be distributed to the Food Bank’s network of Hunger-Relief Program Partners.

The following items are needed:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Evaporated milk/shelf-stable milk
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned fruit
  • Juice
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Frozen turkeys (must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses)

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, the Food Bank asks that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off at the organization’s 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 Thanksgiving For All food drive, please visit http://www.fbd.org/thanksgiving-for-all. Organizations and individuals wishing to hold a food drive are asked to fill out the form on the Thanksgiving For All webpage.

Organizations wishing to sign up to receive holiday meal boxes should visit http://www.fbd.org/thanksgiving-for-all. Organizations in Sussex County wishing to learn more about Mountaire Farm’s Thanksgiving for Thousands distribution may visit http://www.mountaire.com/thanksgiving/. 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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