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Bank of America and Food Bank of Delaware Unveil Brand New Community Nutrition and Education Vehicle

Bank of America and the Food Bank of Delaware unveiled a brand new Community Nutrition and Education vehicle this morning at an event outside Bank of America’s downtown Bracebridge complex. In addition to unveiling the truck, Bank of America presented the Food Bank with a $75,000 to help support day-to-day operations of the truck. This is in addition to a $150,000 investment from the company last year to support the purchase of the truck, allowing the Food Bank to deliver food to families in rural areas or those living in a city where convenient access to a grocery store can be a challenge.

“Individuals continue to struggle to provide basic necessities for their families, including food and shelter. In fact, 1 and 5 Delaware children live in poverty,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president, Bank of America. “One of the ways Bank of America can make a difference is by continuing our long-time and ongoing support of the Food Bank of Delaware. Our investments will allow the Food Bank to expand its food delivery and educational services to reach families in our area that need this support most.”

The truck unveiling and check presentation was held in conjunction with a mobile food distribution for more than 100 families from Wilmington, including families from the Community Education Building (CEB). Bank of America donated the building to the Longwood Foundation in 2012 for the purpose of creating the CEB, which currently houses two schools. Twenty Bank of America employee volunteers distributed emergency meal boxes filled with nonperishables, frozen items and more.

“This truck is significant to our operations and to the food security of Delawareans,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “In order to alleviate hunger in our state, we must think outside the box. This truck will enable us to develop creative strategies to feed and educate more in our community. From feeding children during the summer months to providing hands-on training opportunities for our Culinary School students, this truck allows us to focus on two major priorities – feeding children and workforce development.”

The 26-foot-long Community Nutrition and Education vehicle is a multi-purpose truck that features a generator, roll-out grill, portable water tank and canopy. The new truck will enable the hunger-relief organization to host mobile summer meal distributions for children, provide students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware an opportunity to sell food and hold cooking demonstrations at community events, distribute food through other mobile distributions and more.

 

 

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Turkey Round Up’s success helps hungry Delawareans

14_Turkey01 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.

14_turkey02Since 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.

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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation donates $30,000 towards Food Bank of Delaware “Thanksgiving for All” food distribution

Check presentationThanks to a $30,000 donation from Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, 1,000 families in Kent and Sussex Counties will have a hot Thanksgiving meal.

More than 200 families received a holiday meal box – containing a frozen turkey, all of the trimmings and a roasting pan — at a distribution at St. Bernadette’s Church in Harrington on Monday.  Another 325 families were served outside Chesapeake Utilities’ Dover office on South Queen Street on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, 300-plus families were served at Long Neck United Methodist Church in Millsboro. The remaining boxes will be distributed at a mobile pantry in Dover early next week.

Approximately 165 Chesapeake volunteers spent three days packaging holiday meals last week and three days assisting the Food Bank of Delaware with this week’s holiday distribution. In both rain and frigid temperatures, committed volunteers loaded grocery carts with holiday boxes and turkeys and helped recipients load their cars.

“We are pleased to partner with the Food Bank of Delaware to give back to our community by providing Thanksgiving meals for 1,000 local families,” said Michael P. McMasters, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “This is just one way that we connect with our communities and it is something that our teams look forward to all year long.”

Chad Robinson, the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch director, expressed gratitude for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s ongoing generosity. “Thanks to this generous donation from Chesapeake Utilities, we can meet the needs of 1,000 families, our neighbors, throughout downstate Delaware. The kindness and community spirit shown by Chesapeake’s workplace team is proof of their dedication to help the communities in which they live and work,” he said.

One recipient who wished to remain anonymous said, “This is such a blessing. Your staff, volunteers and donors have given us this wonderful box of food. It was cold and windy, but everyone pushed on. From my family and myself, thank you and have a blessed Thanksgiving.”

In addition to the holiday food distribution, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is also making funding available to ensure that the elderly, ill and those facing financial hardship are not forgotten during the cold winter months when energy bills are at their peak. Grants are available to income-eligible customers of Chesapeake Utilities and Sharp Energy with additional amounts available for those over the age of 60. Also, the SHARING program has additional grants for appliance purchases or repair; the recently unemployed; and customers who are in need due to serious illness or family tragedy. Learn more about SHARING at www.chpk.com/sharing.

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Food Bank of Delaware inherits Newark home: Open house scheduled for Sunday

Imagine the surprise when our President and CEO, Patricia Beebe, learned earlier this year that the Food Bank of Delaware inherited $100,000 and a home owned by a deceased Newark woman who once utilized emergency food services.

“I couldn’t believe it when we received a letter from the attorney of the estate indicating that the individual left her estate to the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Beebe. “It was an incredible surprise; we were all so deeply humbled by her generosity. As a recipient of emergency food services at one point in her life, she wanted to give back. This was her way of doing so. She wanted to leave a legacy, and in doing so, has ensured that the mission of the organization will be sustained well into the future. We hope others will consider making similar plans.”

To help fund the organization’s hunger-relief operations, the Food Bank of Delaware has put the house at 19 Sentry Lane in Newark on the market. Michael Haritos, a realtor for Keller Williams in Newark, is selling the home and will donate his commissions back to the food bank.

An open house is scheduled for Sunday, November 2 from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. The 1,650-square-foot house, listed for $199,900, has three bedrooms, two full baths, fresh paint throughout, new carpet and is move-in ready. The home has an updated roof and HVAC system. Located off Harmony Road, between Route 273 and Kirkwood Highway, the home is centrally located.

Theresa Thomas from Stage Right Home Staging will volunteer her services to stage the home for the open house.

“The Stage Right team and I could not be more thrilled to partner with the Food Bank of Delaware and Keller Williams on this great project,” said Thomas. “Our core beliefs include a cooperative spirit and community involvement, so this staging project is one we all have been eagerly awaiting!  Once the Stage Right team has completed the staging, the food bank can expect the same amazing results our happy clients have seen time and time again: A home that attracts more buyers, resulting in a faster sale and greater profit!”

What: Open house of Food Bank of Delaware property
When: Sunday, November 2, 2014; 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 19 Sentry Lane, Newark, Del. 19711

To view the listing for the home, visit http://www.kw.com/homes-for-sale/19711/DE/Newark/19-Sentry-Lane/3yd-KW-501_6472037.html.

Buyers’ agencies are encouraged to donate all or part of their commission on the sale of the property to the food bank. For more information about planned giving options at the Food Bank of Delaware, please contact Larry Haas, Food Bank of Delaware Development Director, at lhaas@fbd.org or (302) 294-0185.

 

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

We kicked off our annual Thanksgiving food and funds drive today. We need the community’s assistance in collecting food items and monetary donations in order to create 4,000 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 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 7. Food received after that time will be distributed to our network of Hunger-Relief Program Partners.

Most-needed items include:

  • Juice
  • Coffee/tea
  • Cereal/oatmeal
  • Canned ham
  • Cornbread/bread/muffin mix
  • Gravy packets/canned gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Sweet potatoes/yams
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Corn
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Pudding boxes
  • Pumpkin
  • Mixed fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Frozen turkeys (must be dropped off to our Newark or Milford facilities)

In addition to hosting food drives, fundraisers are also a helpful way to collect much-needed funds to purchase food. Bank of America’s Give A Meal program is an easy way for Delawareans to help support hunger-relief efforts in the First State. For every $1 donated, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more, up to $1.5 million. The program enables individuals to make a donation to Feeding America nationally or support the Food Bank of Delaware. Donations can be made at www.bankofamerica.com/give.

“More than 10,000 people in our community rely on the Food Bank’s network of Hunger-Relief Programs for assistance each week,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president at Bank of America. “Putting food on the table is a challenge that many hard-working Delawareans face, but fortunately they don’t have to face it alone. The Give A Meal program allows people to extend the impact of their giving so our neighbors don’t have to choose between feeding their families and paying their bills.”

“It takes all of us working together to meet the emergency food needs of Delawareans, not just during the holiday season, but year round,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Together, we can make sure seniors, children, hardworking families, veterans, active members of the military and others who rely on our services have a hot Thanksgiving meal.”

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 food bank’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 holiday food drive, please visit http://www.fbd.org/holiday-food-drives/.   Organizations who are interested in serving as a drop-off location for holiday food donations may contact Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator, at ccuster@fbd.org or (302) 292-1305 ext 253.

To sign up to receive holiday meal boxes, please contact Naty Russo at (302) 444-8077 or nrusso@fbd.org. 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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Food Bank of Delaware receives $29,000 from the Potter Trust at the CenDel Foundation

0921_CenDel_ checkThe Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch was the recipient of a generous donation of $29,000 from the Potter Trust from the CenDel Foundation.

The check was presented by Donna D. Stone, Delaware Community Foundation senior vice president for Central Delaware, to Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware CEO, Chef Instructor Tim Hunter, Culinary Program Training Manager Brenda Palomo and students from the fourth culinary class at the Milford Branch.

“When the Food Bank applied for funding for sending individuals, many of whom may have been incarcerated or on the edges of survival, to their Culinary School training program we thought this was a good fit,” said Kathleen Hawkins, president of CenDel’s Potter Trust grant committee. “The program gives individuals the opportunity to learn a trade and to be able to support themselves,” she said.

The Potter Trust was established by Col. Benjamin Potter, through his will in 1843, when he evidenced great concern for children who were orphaned, for young men that they develop a trade to support themselves, and for families who were on the verge of being sent to the “poorhouse.”

The mission of The Culinary School is two-fold. First students are taught skills that are highly desirable to employers in the food industry and second, these newly-developed skills have the potential to lead to jobs in the industry that provide job security and economic sustainability.

Under the instruction of Food Bank of Delaware Chef Instructor Tim Hunter students spend 14 weeks developing their skills and passion for the culinary arts. From proper knife handling techniques to Serve Safe certification and completing a two-week internship, the training program prepares students for entry-level jobs in the food industry.

To learn more about The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, visit http://www.fbd.org/the-culinary-school/.

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Food Bank of Delaware receives BJ’s Charitable Foundation Grant to Provide Fresh Way to Fight Hunger

BJs donationThe Food Bank of Delaware today announced that they are one of 30 food banks awarded grants this September from BJ’s Charitable Foundation. The foundation is distributing grants in celebration of BJ’s Wholesale Club’s 30th anniversary. A member of the Feeding America network, the Food Bank of Delaware is among those awarded gifts to increase the food storage capacity for local anti-hunger organizations.

To commemorate the $21,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, the Food Bank of Delaware and representatives from the Elsmere BJ’s Club presented a brand-new refrigeration unit to the Cedars Church of Christ food closet this morning. In addition to presenting the refrigeration unit, volunteers from BJ’s distributed fresh foods to 20 families in need.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded one of the 30th anniversary grants by BJ’s Charitable Foundation,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Because of this grant, we will be able to work with our local partners to help them obtain more healthful foods and ensure that food makes it into the hands of more Delawareans in need.”

The $21,000 donation will enable the Food Bank of Delaware to increase partner capacity for fresh foods. While food banks often have immense space and storage to provide product for the food pantries and shelters they support, these smaller partner organizations and charities often have limited equipment abilities. Limited equipment hinders their ability to serve the community.

“BJ’s Wholesale Club is proud to reach our 30-year milestone and share our enthusiasm by expanding our role in the fight against hunger,” said Charlie Tirney, general manager of the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Elsmere. “Supporting the Food Bank of Delaware and their local agencies’ need for capacity building will ensure that perishable food can reach the people who need it most in our own backyard.”

By providing anti-hunger partners like food pantries, shelters and meal programs with the necessary equipment, they can transport and store a larger amount of perishable items and thus distribute more food to local families struggling with food insecurity. The Food Bank of Delaware will provide a total of two glass door display refrigerators, four upright freezers, four chest freezers and 25 48-quart capacity coolers to partner agencies.

“The Cedars Church of Christ Food Pantry greatly appreciates the partnership we have with BJ’s Wholesale Club,” said Cedars Church of Christ Minister Brad Carman. “The donation of a new refrigeration unit is a great help in our efforts. BJ’s generosity in helping us feed the hungry with regular food donations and the gracious spirit with which they do it is wonderful. We at Cedars try to model that spirit as we pass it along to those in need food. These kindnesses are essential in our ongoing efforts to help.”

 

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