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Annual dinner showcases culinary students, thanks top supporters and friends

By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

It goes without saying that the Food Bank of Delaware’s Annual Dinner is regarded as a special evening. The event is our opportunity to honor and thank those who support our mission.

Thursday evening’s banquet at our Milford site exceeded any expectations. Tim Hunter, chef instructor, and his nine Culinary School students prepared and served a gourmet meal for our staff and guests. They who also had an opportunity to savor craft beers donated and served by our neighbors, Mispillion River Brewing. The menu, served at buffet stations, was paired with local beers.

Patricia Beebe, our President and CEO, lauded our top honorees of the year. They are: James Buford and Rich Simpson, Volunteers of the Year; The Harry K Foundation, Donor of the Year; Michael Haritos, Supporter of the Year; State Sen. Bryan Townsend, Legislator of the Year, Sussex Community Corrections Center, Partner of the Year.

We are extremely grateful for the time and talent they contribute to the Food Bank of Delaware, and over the next week, we will feature each honoree in a separate blog. Stay tuned!

During the week prior to the dinner, staff members received an email from Pat: tie dye shirts were mandatory for the occasion. Those of us who’ve been here for awhile know that’s code for “auspicious occasion.”

To set the tone for the evening, Pat took an opportunity before dinner to recognize all 60 members of the Food Bank’s staff, calling them by department up to the podium, to thank us for the hard work we’re doing and for our dedication to the people we serve.

After dinner, the evening got a bit emotional as Pat put aside her notes to praise the partnership between the Sussex Community Corrections’ Sussex Work Release Center, noting that the nine Culinary School students who prepared our dinner were associated with the center in Georgetown.

Guests could see that the students were proud of their accomplishments, that they respected Chef Hunter and “Miss Pat,” that the Culinary School made a big difference in their lives, that they were looking forward to internships, to the May 8 graduation ceremonies, and to meaningful employment opportunities.

The details of that story, and more, are left for another day.

For more information on how to volunteer and support the Food Bank of Delaware, visit www.fbd.org.

Check out photos from last night’s dinner!

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Entries for Coming Together Multimedia Creative Challenge due April 3

The Food Bank of Delaware and Brae’s Brown Bags’ are encouraging Delaware students to use their creativity to help spark community change. Entries for the first-ever Coming Together Multimedia Creative Challenge are due April 3.

Delaware students in grades 1-12 are able to submit posters, YouTube videos (students over the age of 13) and essays (5th-12th graders) focusing on food insecurity, food recovery/food waste and healthy eating.

Finalists’ entries will be on display at the Coming Together conference, Delaware’s first anti-hunger conference for both adults and children, on Monday, May 4.

Prizes will be given to the top three selections in each design theme category and in each age group. Age groups will be divided into elementary (1-4), middle school (5-8) and high school (9-12 grades). Each finalist will be awarded a prize, certificate and the honor of their entry being displayed at a statewide conference.

“I think want I want most out of the conference and this design challenge is for kids to think about what it really means to be hungry,” said 11-year-old Braeden Mannering, founder of Brae’s Brown Bags. “I want them to imagine how it feels and how we can fix it if we all work together. For me it is to help all people have a chance to eat healthy. I want kids to know they don’t need a cape to be a super hero. Sometimes you just need the right pen or colored pencil or just the right creative idea. I want to see the kids in Delaware, all ages, join forces to fight hunger.”

Mannering, along with a panel of community members, will be judging the entries based on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Only one entry per student and each entry must be the work of only one student. Artist signatures or initials are only allowed on the back of the poster. Each entry must be accompanied by a signed release form.

“We are so thrilled to be partnering with Braeden. Braeden shows that regardless of age, we can all make a difference. We are hoping that other students will follow Braeden’s lead and work to make impactful change in our community.”

Complete rules for the Coming Together Multimedia Challenge can be found at http://www.fbd.org/comingtogethercontest/. Tickets for the May 4 conference are on sale. Adult tickets are $40 until April 17; tickets increase to $50 after the 17th. For more information about the conference, visit www.fbd.org/comingtogether.

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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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Food Bank of Delaware’s Oktoberfest Blue Jean Ball to be held October 11

006We will host our annual signature event, the Blue Jean Ball, on Saturday, October 11 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in its Newark warehouse at 14 Garfield Way in the Delaware Industrial Park.

This year’s theme is Oktoberfest, and Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant will work alongside students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware to prepare the event’s menu. Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell will serve as honorary co-chairs for the evening.

Guests can leave their black tie gala attire at home for this annual event. Blue Jean Ball attendees are asked to don their favorite blue jeans. Tickets are just $65/person and include unlimited beer from Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, wines, a German small plate menu, entertainment from Mike Hines and The Look and a mobile auction.

Food stations will be set up throughout the warehouse, and guests can expect to see traditional German fare. 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 real treat, 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. “We are looking forward to another fun evening of raising money to help alleviate hunger in Delaware.”

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.

Live entertainment will be provided by dance party band, Mike Hines and The Look. Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on a wide selection of items straight from their own cell phones or tablets through the mobile auction.

By utilizing the warehouse space and the culinary skills of students and its staff of chefs, the food bank 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 $65/person and may be purchased by calling (302) 444-8074 or by visiting www.fbdbluejeanball.org.

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Food Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware to host sixth annual Evening in the Garden

The Food Bank of Delaware and 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 sixth annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, September 4 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 peppers stuffed with shrimp, grilled corn and quinoa, braised chicken with tomatoes and peppers, eggplant stuffed with Italian cheeses and more in a food station set-up. The UDairy Creamery will scoop ice cream.

The evening will also feature wine and beer tastings, 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.

“Our annual Evening in the Garden event is a great opportunity for us to showcase the skills of our talented students from The Culinary School,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Workforce development is important to us at the food bank, and this annual event gives students real-world experience working a catered fundraising event.”

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 25. If tickets are available after the RSVP deadline, price increases by $10.

To purchase tickets, please contact Kim Turner at (302) 444-8074 or kturner@fbd.org. Online registration is also available at http://www.fbd.org/an-evening-in-the-garden/. 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 http://ag.udel.edu/communitygarden/.

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Second Annual Taste of Rehoboth

Food Bank of Delaware Chef Instructor Nicole Wilson enjoyed last year’s Taste of Rehoboth with students from The Culinary School in Newark. This year students from the Milford Branch will be in attendance to distribute gourmet food samples and interact with chefs!

By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

It’s no secret: Rehoboth Beach is a dining destination.

The 2nd Annual Taste of Rehoboth will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

Last year’s inaugural Taste was a sell-out success and raised more than $11,000 for the Food Bank of Delaware.

More than 600 ticket-holders crowded into the center to enjoy live cooking and food samples from Rehoboth’s best gourmet restaurants and chefs. Samples are paired with Dogfish Head beer and fine wines.

The event was the initiative of the Rehoboth Inspired Chefs Initiative, a group of local chefs and restaurant professionals from Rehoboth, in partnership with Milton’s Dogfish Head Brewery.

Just like last year,the evening will include live music, as well as silent and live auctions.
Needless to say, guests enjoyed the fare, the camaraderie and the opportunity to help fund The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware.

The Food Bank of Delaware operates two culinary schools, one in Milford and the other in Newark, providing a training program to place graduates in the local hospitality industry.

Advance tickets are $50; $60 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at: aMuse, Eden, Espuma, Hobo’s, Rehoboth Beach Main Street and Azura.

Taste of Rehoboth will also serve as a food drive; the public is encouraged to bring canned goods to donate directly to the Food Bank

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