Food Bank Holds Competition for DE Businesses

The Food Bank of Delaware has developed a unique opportunity for local businesses to engage employees through teamwork while working to make a difference in the community. The DelawareCan program has created a contest where companies will hold food drives and create sculptures from the food they collect as they compete against each other.

With Delawareans continuing to struggle during the current economic situation, food donations have continued to decline. This unique contest aims to help stock the shelves at the Food Bank of Delaware by energizing businesses through spirited competition.

“Food banks across the country have seen success through this event,” commented Kim Kostes, Community Relations Manager for the Food Bank of Delaware. “Our supporters have been asking about the competition for some time and we felt it was time to get involved.”

With a $100 registration fee Delaware companies will compete against other Delaware businesses between the dates of Monday, October 3 and Friday, October 28. Teams from each company will conduct individual food drives at their respective offices and begin to build structures from the collected cans. It is up to each company to determine the theme for the structure which will be critiqued by a celebrity panel of judges picked by the Food Bank of Delaware. Judges will travel the state of Delaware to evaluate each sculpture and determine a winner on Friday, November 4.

“Currently we have several businesses and even a school involved in the competition.” stated Ms. Kostes. “It makes everything a little more exciting when these organizations come out to help the community.”

Structures built from collected cans will be judged in several different categories including best in show, best use of labels, best use of Food Bank’s most-needed items, best meal and largest food drive donation. The Food Bank will take pictures from each participating site and post them online to increase awareness of the program and competition between participating companies.

The competition hopes to increase food donations which have seen a historical decline over the past several years. Last year alone, the Food Bank of Delaware saw their donations drop by three million pounds compared to the year before. This creative contest will ensure that the shelves at the Food Bank of Delaware are able to serve Delawareans that rely on food assistance.

Interested companies must sign up and turn in the $100 registration fee by Friday, September 23. For more information and complete rules of the contest contact Larry Haas, Development Director, at (302) 294-0185 or lhaas@fbd.org.

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