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Food Bank of Delaware’s Halloween Blue Jean Ball to be held October 24

Halloween_vintage2 [Converted]The Food Bank of Delaware is transforming its Newark warehouse into a haunted house for its annual signature event on Saturday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Presented by Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, the evening will feature a fall seasonal small plate menu prepared by Iron Hill’s team of chefs and students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware. Guests will enjoy pork tenderloin crostini with roasted apple chutney, braised lamb and marsala mushrooms, sweet potato latkes, salmon, beef tenderloin, duck ragout pasta and more. Dessert for the evening will be provided by the UDairy Creamery.

Iron Hill’s team of chefs will assist students from The Culinary School with kitchen prep and cooking, organizing food stations and executing plate presentation on the night of the event.

“Partnering with Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant is a wonderful opportunity, not only for our culinary students who get to work alongside their chefs, but for our event attendees who have the opportunity to enjoy both their brews and fine seasonal foods,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe

“Our Blue Jean Ball continues to evolve, and over the past several years, we have realized that our guests love dressing the part for this annual event. We thought it was only fitting to host a Halloween-themed event. You can count on us to throw a scary good time!”

A costume contest will take place with prizes being awarded to the top three costumes. For guests who prefer not to come in costume, blue jeans are acceptable at this casual fundraiser. Tickets are just $75/person and include unlimited beer from Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, wines, a fall seasonal small plate menu, entertainment from Mike Hines and The Look and a raffle.

The Blue Jean Ball is held each year to raise awareness of the acute problem of hunger in Delaware and the important role the food bank plays in combating hunger, as well as its root cause – poverty. By utilizing the warehouse space and the culinary skills of Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant and students from The Culinary School, the Food Bank of Delaware is able to significantly reduce costs. Last year, close to 90 percent of event proceeds went directly back to the organization’s hunger-relief efforts.

Tickets are available for $75/person or $750/table of ten and may be purchased by calling (302) 444-8074 or by visiting

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Food Bank of Delaware tees off for outdoor fun

By John Esposito, Communications Intern

The peaceful sound of a golf ball clattering against a 9-iron echoed victory across the fairway of Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville on Monday, September 14. Monday’s skies were crystal clear blue – you couldn’t ask for a better day on the links.

Nineteen foursomes set out to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors, testing their skills in 18 holes of golf and a challenging putting contest. Most importantly, funds raised from the day’s outing benefited the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program.

Described by many participants as one of Delaware’s most-exclusive golf outings, each golfer was welcomed by Fieldstone’s courteous staff, and a representative from Calloway Golf was on hand with a special give away for each golfer. Each participant had the opportunity to choose from a putter, driver, duffle bag and one dozen balls or two dozen balls. The golfers were impressed!

After quick remarks from the golf pro, the golfers headed out! Some had purchased mulligans in advance, while others bought their way in to participate in a putting contest. Putting contest participants had a chance to win $10,000. In order to win the prize, participants were instructed to make a 10-foot putt, followed by a 30-foot putt, and later on presented with the challenging task of a whopping 50-foot putt. All golfers also had an opportunity to win a brand-new Infinity… if they got a hole in one on the eighth hole!

Unfortunately, few made it past the 10-foot put and nobody was able to make the hole in one. This did not put a damper on the mood!

To close out the day, participants enjoyed a cocktail hour featuring a sushi bar from Okura in Hockessin, passed hors d’oeuvres, a Grey Goose tasting and an awards ceremony! Food Bank of Delaware Board of Director Andy Larmore and his foursome took home the first-place prize!

Thanks to the excitement of all of the golfers, we successfully raised $53,000!

Kris Wilson, President and CEO of The Littlest Golfer once said, “The first thing golf teaches is humility, the second empathy, and the third patience.”

These three qualities are not only ideal traits to have for golf, but also in life. Here at the Food Bank, we strive to go above and beyond to achieve these traits. The smiles left behind by the golfers during the event orchestrated the smiles for the children who will receive bags full of weekend food through the Backpack Program. Thanks to their generosity, bellies will be full when access to school meals is not available.

Special thanks to Fieldstone Golf Club and our golf committee for making the day possible. They include:

  • Kevin Davies, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
  • Mack Wathen, Delmarva Power
  • Andy Larmore, Bayshore Transportation
  • Shawn Williams, Brynn Mawr Trust
  • Scott Sukeena, WSFS Bank
  • Larry Haas, Food Bank of Delaware
  • Trevor Turner, Food Bank of Delaware

To learn more about participating in next year’s tournament, please contact Larry Haas at

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Orchard dinner benefit wows attendees; helps FBD Culinary School

By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

Let’s just say our Dinner in the Orchard was an over-the-top success, so if you missed it, you might want to be on the lookout for announcements about next year’s event.

The benefit for The Culinary School at the Food Bank’s Milford Branch took place on Thursday, Sept. 3 at T.S. Smith & Sons near Bridgeville. The setting itself was rustic and relaxing. Dinner was served under an open pavilion bordered by a cornfield on one side and an orchard on the other. Nothing like dining al fresco at the end of a long work week!

Guests traveled down a dirt road (You don’t find many of them anymore!) to park in an open field before they enjoyed the cold beer from Mispillion River Brewing, fine wines from Great Shoals, and a hearty buffet dinner prepared by our culinary instructors, Tim Hunter and Sean McNiece, along with students from The Culinary School.

The menu featured farm-fresh produce from appetizers to dessert, so everyone enjoyed such treats as gazpacho, fried eggplant, gourmet coleslaw and potato salad, fried chicken, steak, black bean tacos, potato and zucchini casserole and more, topped off with watermelon sorbet and apple tarts for dessert.

The Swing Noteables played music for dining.

In addition to seasonal fare, Circle C Outfit provided carriage rides of the beautiful farm setting.

Thank goodness the weather cooperated because nearly 100 guests came out for the event, some of whom drove from as far as Wilmington and Baltimore to savor a great dinner that benefits an even better cause.

The Culinary School is a 14-week training program for unemployed and under-employed people who want to enter the food service industry. In addition to classroom and kitchen instruction, the program includes a two-week paid internship, training in kitchen skills, life skills, such as financial literacy and resume’ writing and an opportunity to become ServSafe certified.

Students in the FY15 program had an 85 percent graduation rate and a 70 percent employment rate.

At the Milford branch, six students graduated last Thursday, and a new class of seven started today!

Special thanks to the Smith family for hosting us at their beautiful pavilion!

For more information about the Food Bank of Delaware’s programs and services, please visit

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You’re Invited to an Evening in the Garden

The Food Bank of Delaware and the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will work together to raise money to alleviate hunger in the First State with their seventh annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, September 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s menu includes garden-fresh foods straight from the university’s Garden for the Community. Students and chefs from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware will serve stout braised local lamb, black garlic mashed potatoes with crispy shaved shallots, sweet corn and edamame succotash, pigtail shrimp, finished with an optional drizzle of chili oil and squash blossom goat cheese taco with jalapeño toasted almond pesto and pickled red onion and more in a food station set-up. The UDairy Creamery will scoop ice cream.

The evening will also feature wine and beer tastings from Dogfish Head Beer, Mispillion River Brewing, 3rd Wave Brewing Co., Twin Lakes Brewing Company, Painted Stave Distilling, 16 Mile and 2SP Brewing Company, live entertainment from The Ellen Lebowitz Quartet, a four-piece Jazz group with piano, drums, bass and voice and tours of the Garden of the Community.

“I am proud of our partnership with the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This annual event gives our culinary students real-world experience working a catered fundraising event. In addition, we are able to celebrate the harvest of the Garden for the Community with the community, while showing off the newly-developed skills of our students. These skills ultimately help them acquire sustainable employment in the food service industry.”

“UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is very proud of its longstanding partnership with the Food Bank,” said Mark Rieger, dean, UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “This is the seventh year that the greater Delaware community has been welcomed to campus to feast on the bounty grown by its students in UD’s Garden for the Community. I can’t think of a more rewarding event than one that helps raise money to provide food for those who need it most and, at the same time, provides our students with an experiential learning project that is connected directly to the everyday lives of people living in our own community.”

Tickets for the event are $40/person or $20/student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. Attendees must RSVP by August 31. If tickets are available after the RSVP deadline, price increases by $10.

To purchase tickets, please contact Kim Turner at (302) 444-8074 or Online registration is also available at Attendees are also asked to bring a bag of canned goods for the food bank’s hunger-relief efforts. To learn more about the Garden for the Community, please visit

Check out some pictures from last year’s event!

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Food Lion Offers Customers an Opportunity to Gain Free Admittance to Delaware State Fair during “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” on July 27

IMG_8325Food Lion, the Delaware State Fair and the Food Bank of Delaware announced today that the fourth annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” will take place on Monday, July 27 at the Delaware State Fair.

Fair attendees who bring five Food Lion brand canned or boxed goods will in exchange receive free gate admittance to the Delaware State Fair from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Monday, July 27. This community effort is part of the fourth annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” at the Delaware State Fair.

“At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries,” said Bob Mills, Food Lion’s execution and implementation specialist for the Delaware market. “That’s why we’re so passionate about helping to end hunger in our local communities. We know the community’s help from past events has helped us to feed people who otherwise would have to make those tough choices.”

Donations received through this year’s effort will assist families in Kent and Sussex Counties struggling to put food on the IMG_8312table. More than 43,000 residents of Kent and Sussex counties are considered food insecure, meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.

“Last year was a great success as we collected 26,238 meals for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties who are struggling with hunger,” said Food Bank of Delaware Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “With the help of our community, we hope to exceed last year’s total and stock our local food pantries with much-needed essentials.”

“The Delaware State Fairs is thankful for the continued support from Food Lion as we continue to work year after year in collecting the much-needed food to help support the community,” said Assistant General Manager for the Delaware State Fair, Danny Aguilar.

Volunteers from Food Lion, Lake Forest School District, the Delaware State Fair and the Food Bank of Delaware will accept donations at all gates. No items stored in glass will be accepted. Some of the Food Bank of Delaware’s most-needed items include the following:

  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned soups
  • Tuna fish
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meats
  • Cereal
  • Pasta

For more information about the Delaware State Fair, please visit

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Food Bank of Delaware kicks off “Hunger-Free Summer”

We kicked off our 2015 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) with a Summer Fun Fair for kids and adults at Newark’s Dickey Park on Friday afternoon!

More than 60 children and adults gathered for a free lunch provided by students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, activities, a cooking demo and inspiring words from retired NFL punter Sean Landeta. At the conclusion of the event, adults received a 30-pound meal box from the food bank’s mobile pantry. Special thanks to the team from Bank of America for helping out with the afternoon event!

The kickoff event was made possible thanks to a $20,000 Hunger-Free Summer grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation. In addition, the generous grant will allow us to operate mobile meal sites in New Castle County. A driver will travel from site to site delivering meals, and a Food Bank of Delaware park coordinator will distribute the meals.

Children will be able to visit one of three park sites, Dickey Park in Newark (Monday-Friday; 12:00 p.m.), Centennial Park in Bear (Monday-Friday; 12:45 p.m.) and Wilton Park in New Castle (Monday-Friday; 1:30 p.m.), to receive a free nutritious meal.

Two additional sites are at the Middletown State Service Center (meals served Tuesday and Thursday; 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.) and Hudson State Service Center (meals served Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.). State Service Center sites are available to clients’ children visiting the center.

The Food Bank of Delaware will provide free meals to 92 other sites throughout the summer. Meals are planned to feature healthy, kid-friendly foods, including cereal and milk, bagels, soy butter and jelly, turkey and cheese, grilled chicken on a whole-wheat roll, yogurt, oranges, nectarines, celery sticks and more. No paperwork is needed for a child to visit a SFSP site.

“The Hunger Free Summer grant allows us to provide meals to kids, so they don’t have to worry about food, and have more time to run, play and be kids,” says Charlotte McGarry, Food Bank of Delaware Programs Director. “Working with Feeding America and our partners at ConAgra Foods Foundation through the Hunger Free Summer program, we will be able to provide more healthy meals to more children in our community.”

One more Summer Fun Fair is planned for tomorrow at Centennial Park in Bear.

Children and teens up to age 18 are eligible to receive free meals. To locate free meals, families can text FOOD to 877-877 or dial 2-1-1.

Check out some more photos from the Summer Fun Fair!

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Senior health fair termed success; more than 200 attendees

By Gwen Guerke, Communications CoordinatorIMG_1122

The Food Bank of Delaware’s first, but certainly not last, Health Fair could be described as a huge success, since more than 200 people came out to the Milford branch for health screenings and education related to health and a healthy lifestyle.

Melissa Holochwost, Senior Nutrition and Mobile Pantry Coordinator at the Food Bank of Delaware, was pleased with the response, since 182 of those attending qualified to be served with food, including meat and fresh fruits and vegetables.

“I really couldn’t ask for anything more. The vendors said they were pleased, and the people I talked to said they learned things they didn’t know,” she said.

“We wanted to make it fun and relaxing, and we want seniors to feel like it is OK to ask for assistance.”

Linda Booth Rogers, DCVA, volunteer services coordinator for Volunteer Delaware 50+, said she was pleased with the turnout and the opportunity to talk with people.

“The fair was well attended by individuals in the community. It was wise to have it the same day the seniors picked up food, plus doing the bingo card to make sure each one visited our tables. It was clear that the population attending was in dire need of all the services provided by the many vendors,” she said.

IMG_1134Other vendors agreed.

Trisha Bentley, RN, MSN, a clinical educator with Bayhealth’s education department, staffed a table with two other nurses.

 “We did 28 Diabetes Paper Risk Assessments and handed out lab vouchers for patients to go to either Milford Memorial Hospital or Kent General Hospital outpatient lab for a free diabetes test. There were a significant number of patients who came by the table, but already had diabetes so didn’t take the risk assessment, but they took a wallet ID card and/or diabetes management information. I thought it was well organized, well attended, and I will definitely recommeIMG_1132nd doing it again,” she said.

Missy said the concept for the health fair was a natural offshoot of monthly senior cooking and nutrition classes offered at the Food Bank. The classes and health fair are supported through the generosity of the Palmer Home Foundation.

“From the mobile pantries and senior classes, I can see that seniors are interested in getting more education. They aren’t aware of the existing services,” she said.

“This was an opportunity for them to talk with experts, and for the most part, it was all I hoped it would be.”

For more information about the Food Bank of Delaware’s services for senior citizens, visit

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