Guerke joins Food Bank of Delaware 

Gwen Guerke (right) receiving the 2013 Citizen of the Year award from Chamber President Mike Kazala.
Gwen Guerke (right) receiving the 2013 Citizen of the Year award from Chamber President Mike Kazala.

The Food Bank of Delaware announced on Wednesday, August 28 that Gwen Guerke has joined the organization as its new Milford Branch Communications Coordinator. This new role comes at an exciting time for the Food Bank of Delaware as the expanded branch will open its doors to the first class of The Culinary School on September 9, and an official ribbon cutting is planned for September 20.

Guerke will be responsible for communicating with print, visual and social media vehicles about the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford Branch and cultivating relationships with key members of the downstate community. She will be educating the public and potential donors of the mission and work of the Food Bank of Delaware and the Milford Branch expansion project.

“The mission of the Food Bank of Delaware, providing hunger relief for Delaware families, is always important but especially in a tough economy like today,” commented Guerke. “Working as a journalist for many years I have grown to understand and respect the team at the Food Bank and the job they do.”

Prior to joining the Food Bank of Delaware, Guerke worked as the long-time editor of The Milford Chronicle and is best known as the Tell Gwen columnist for the Delaware State News. She is a veteran adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus, and is also employed as a part-time marketing and communications specialist for Bayhealth. Guerke hopes to use her previously built network to help the Food Bank of Delaware in their overall mission.

“I am excited to use the skillsI have in a new, meaningful way to help the Food Bank grow and thrive,” commented Guerke. “I will be reaching out to people on several different levels, welcoming the community into the Food Bank.”

Guerke is active in the community as a mentor in the Milford School District, member of the Mispillion Art League, steering committee member for the Paddle/Pedal Festival and as a runner in events that benefit charitable causes.

Gwen is most excited about the expansion of the Milford branch as it will increase the location by 8,000 square feet, almost doubling the size of the Milford center. The expansion will include the new Culinary School which will offer job training to unemployed and under-employed individuals through a 14-week program.

“Everyone is eager to see the new culinary school,” commented Gwen. “It will offer employment opportunities for students and volunteer opportunities for the community. The Culinary School is set to begin on September 9 with the official opening of the expansion slated for September 20.