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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 marks donations from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation of two refrigerated trucks, food and financial support

Walmart teamThe Food Bank of Delaware marked significant donations from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation at an event this morning outside the Milford Walmart. Over the past two years, the Food Bank of Delaware has received two refrigerated trucks and more than $330,000 from the Walmart Foundation, and close to one million pounds of food from Walmart!

The Food Bank of Delaware received its first truck from the Walmart Foundation in 2012. Earlier this fall, the food bank received its second truck valued at $117,000. The two 26-foot trucks enable the hunger-relief organization to travel up and down the state picking up perishable food donations, including fruits, vegetables and meats, from local retailers – including Walmart.

“If it wasn’t for our customers, today wouldn’t be possible,” said Milford Walmart Store Manager Stephanie Edwards. “In 1962, Walmart was founded on the principle of providing people in a small community with access to healthy food at prices they can afford.”FBD team

According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, 119,500 Delawareans live in food insecure households. Last year Delawareans visited the Food Bank of Delaware network of hunger-relief program partners more than 900,000 times.

Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe was on hand for the occasion. ““The Food Bank of Delaware serves the most vulnerable in our community. I am pleased that the city can be a part of this.”

“We could not possibly serve as many Delawareans as we do if it was not for the support of community partners like Walmart,” said Food Bank of Delaware Programs Director Charlotte McGarry. “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Walmart over the past two years. To receive two trucks within two years is really special and is much needed in our state.”

Through their long standing commitment to fighting hunger, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks. The Food Bank of Delaware is one of nearly 200 Feeding America members that currently receive product donations from local Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation recently met and exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight U.S. hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. Additionally, Walmart recently announced further food goals in the areas of affordability, accessibility, healthier eating and safety and transparency, which included providing four billion meals to those in need in the United States over the next five years. To learn more about Walmart’s work to fight hunger, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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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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Harry K. Foundation, Food Bank of Delaware mark grand opening of Indian River School District school pantry at G.W. Carver Educational Center

Harry KThanks to a generous donation from the Harry K. Foundation, anti-hunger advocates officially cut the ribbon on the new school pantry at the G.W. Carver Educational Center this morning.

Funds were raised at last year’s Harry K. Christmas Ball. Support from the Harry K Foundation allowed the food bank to provide 103 children from Sussex County with a backpack full of food for the entire school year and to open nine new school pantries in Sussex County schools, including the one at G.W. Carver.

Through the program, at-risk families with students enrolled in the Indian River School District will be able to access emergency food and hygiene products by visiting the food pantry. The new pantry will offer a variety of nutritious food products and hygiene items. Families will select food based on their household’s needs each week. Food for the pantry will be provided by the Food Bank of Delaware and school-wide food drives or community donations.

“Hunger is all around us and it is our civic responsibility to feed our people,” said Harry K. Foundation Founder Harry Keswani. “We are happy to work in cooperation with the Food Bank of Delaware and our local schools to feed our children and their families. We ask our local people and business owners to join us by donating to the Harry K. Foundation so that we can bring food pantries to more schools.”

“According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, 18.3 percent of Delaware’s children live in food insecure households,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We are thankful for the Harry K Foundation’s support to ensure that families in Sussex County have access to nutritious foods for their household.”

Child food insecurity is highest in Sussex County with 20.2 percent of children living in food insecure households.

“I am so happy that we have been able to open this and other pantries in our communities, but our task has only just begun,” said Harry K Foundation Spokesman Tim Buckmaster. “No child should go to bed hungry or worry about when the next meal may be. Together we can and will make a difference.”

“When our students’ basic needs of food, clothing and shelter are not being met, it is very difficult for them to excel at school and for their families to support their education at home,” said Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting. Our district parent center was created to provide families with the tools they need to support student achievement – both academically and personally. The food pantry will be a great extension of these efforts and an important resource for our district families.”

The second annual Harry K Foundation Christmas Ball will be held on Saturday, December 6 at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Tickets are $250/person and can be purchased by visiting http://www.harrykfoundation.org/Harry-K-Foundation-Ball.html. Proceeds will help fight childhood hunger in Sussex County.

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Volunteers needed at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford Branch

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A volunteer helps out in the Milford kitchen with the After-School Nutrition Program for children

We are in need of volunteers at our Milford Branch to help pack and sort food, prepare meals and assist with administrative duties.

Volunteers are needed on most weekdays from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Occasional weekend and weeknight hours are also available.

“Since one in five children in Delaware live in poverty, when you volunteer at the Food Bank of Delaware you are truly making a local impact,” said Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “Volunteers help make bags for our Backpack Program knowing that a child will be able to eat over the weekend. Making a senior meal box means that local senior citizens can breathe a little easier because they have food to eat. It is quite eye opening to realize the prevalence of people in need in our own community.”

Volunteers can sign up as individuals or groups. Volunteering is a great team-building activity for local businesses, nonprofits, school groups, faith-based organizations and others. Helping at the Food Bank is also a perfect opportunity for youngsters to experience the benefits of community service. Children as young as seven years old can help; those ages seven-15 will need an adult chaperone.

Volunteers must wear sneakers or closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Some volunteer jobs require the ability to lift 50-pound boxes, though not all jobs require lifting. A minimum or regular commitment is not required, and volunteers can help according to their own time schedule.

Volunteers may view available opportunities and sign up online by visiting www.fbd.volunteerhub.com. Groups of five or more should call or e-mail Lyndsay Humphreys, Volunteer Coordinator, at (302) 393-2011 or lhumphreys@fbd.org to arrange a volunteer time.

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