Food Bank Kicks Off Holiday Food Drive

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Staff Report

The Food Bank of Delaware has kicked off its annual holiday food drive. The hunger-relief organization hopes to collect more than 150,000 pounds of food for the less fortunate this holiday season. With 2012 donations down by more than 1.4 million pounds from 2011, the Food Bank of Delaware hopes the community will step up in a big way to help fill the cupboards of those struggling to put meals on the table this holiday season.

“Gallup recently released information indicating that Delaware ranks third in the nation for highest percentage of residents who cannot afford food,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This holiday season I encourage all Delawareans to take a stand against hunger and help make the holiday season bright for our struggling neighbors in need.”

The food bank is asking for the public’s assistance in making sure that no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups are encouraged to organize food drives throughout the holiday season.

The food bank is in need of macaroni and cheese, canned or packets of gravy, pie crust, chocolate pudding mix, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, seasoned stuffing mix, biscuit mix, instant mashed potatoes, canned vegetables (green beans, corn, yams and peas), canned fruits (pineapple and apple sauce), pancake mix and syrup, apple juice, shelf-stable milk (32 oz.), turkey roasting pans and frozen turkeys (drop off to Newark or Milford warehouses only).

Food collected from the holiday food drive will be distributed to people in need through the food bank’s network of hunger-relief program partners. These hunger-relief agencies include churches, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, rehabilitation programs, senior centers and more. Households in need of food assistance may call the Delaware Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-800-464-4357).

Those who collect more than 20 boxes/bags of donated food may make arrangements with the Food Bank of Delaware to have donations picked up. In an effort to save money on transportation costs, the food bank asks that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off at the food bank’s Milford facility located at 1040 Mattlind Way, Milford, DE 19963
The Food Bank of Delaware in Milford is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm and can be reached at (302) 424-3301.

For more information about hosting a holiday food drive, please visit http://www.fbd.org/holiday-food-drives/. Organizations who are interested in serving as a drop-off location for holiday food donations may contact Christine Evans, Community Outreach Coordinator, at cevans@fbd.org or (302) 292-1305 ext 253.