The Food Bank of Delaware has welcomed Chad Robinson as the new director of the Milford Branch. Since 1995 the Food Bank of Delaware has been distributing food throughout the city of Milford, committing to create a community free of hunger. Their after-school feeding program provides nutritious meals and snacks to after-school and other enrichment programs including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milford and the Milford School District.
In his new role, Mr. Robinson will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford Branch and cultivating relationships with key members of the community. Robinson will be responsible for educating the public and potential donors of the mission and work of the Food Bank of Delaware and the Milford Branch expansion project.
“This is such a great opportunity and really feels like a natural fit for me,” commented Robinson. “I have always tried to see the need in the community and this role will allow me to help people get back on their feet and let them reach their full potential.”
Prior to joining the Food Bank of Delaware, Robinson worked for Lieutenant Governor Matthew Denn as his Legislative Assistant. Prior to his service in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, he served in various roles at Wesley College, including admissions, foundation and government relations and culminated as Special Assistant to the President. His varied background gives him experience in operations, fundraising and government relations.
Robinson will also oversee the Milford branch expansion project, which the Food Bank of Delaware Board of Directors announced last week will begin as soon as the bid process is finished this summer. Plans for the new expansion call for the construction of an industrial-sized kitchen to prepare hot meals for children in after-school enrichment programs. It will house the Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, a volunteer room to eliminate the need for volunteers to work in warehouse aisles and additional space to increase hunger-relief programming for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties. The Culinary School will serve under and unemployed adults, individuals in prison re-entry programs and the disabled. The school will be a second site to the existing Culinary School at the organization’s Newark warehouse.The $2.8 million project will bring approximately 75-100 new jobs to Milford.
“The new space will allow us to be much more than just a facility that receives and gives food to the community,” commented Robinson. “We will be able to educate individuals on how to prepare food and eat healthier. It will also allow us to increase the size of our volunteer services.”
The creation of the volunteer room will allow the organization to double the number of volunteers from 6,000 to 12,000 and enable volunteers to pack meal boxes for senior citizens and emergency meal boxes for the mobile pantry program. With the capital campaign still underway, construction will be completed within the year while the Food Bank continues to raise funds for the project. To find out more information about the Food Bank of Delaware and the expansion of the Milford Branch visit. www.fbd.org.