The Food Bank of Delaware has been working overtime this year in partnership with hunger-relief programs to ensure that families and individuals in our community receive help during the holiday season. The Mobile Food Pantry, just one of many programs and services provided by the Food Bank of Delaware, served 300 families in our area last week alone. Local volunteers and workers from Walmart packed boxes full of food and delivered them across Southern Delaware to families in need of food assistance. Each box had enough food to sustain a family of 4 for 4-5 days and included sets of complete meals.
“We are reaching the people that need help and targeting individuals who are truly in need,” commented Crystal Timmons, Branch Manager of the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford. “We serve over 1,100 after-school programs in Kent and Sussex Counties and act as an intake center for community programs to pick up food.”
Continuing their effort through the holiday, the Food Bank of Delaware will be holding Holiday Food Drives and is asking for the public’s assistance in making sure that no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. They are encouraging businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups to organize and host food drives. Food collected will be distributed to people in need of food assistance through the Food Bank of Delaware’s 475 hunger-relief program partners which include local churches, food pantries, shelters and low-income daycare centers.
Despite the Food Bank’s determination and efforts to end hunger in our community the number of individuals needing food assistance has continued to increase. Families and individuals who once donated their food, funds and time now need assistance themselves. The demand for food assistance in Kent and Sussex Counties has sharply increased during the past couple years.
“There are more people in need of food assistance this year and based on the poundage of food we have received from donation we are about 2 million pounds down from what we need,” stated Ms. Timmons. “That is 2 million pounds of food that are not being distributed to families in need.”
During the holiday season individuals and businesses can help with this increase in food assistance demand by hosting food drives to collect food, making a monetary donation or volunteering time at the Food Bank of Delaware. To organize a food drive, register as a volunteer or gather information on items that are in need this holiday season visit the Food Bank of Delaware at www.fbd.org.