Hoping to help those less fortunate this holiday season, the Milford branch of County Bank is holding a food drive. All items collected will be donated to the Milford Food Pantry at Avenue Church. The food drive began Monday, November 16 and will run through December 18. The bank will accept any non-perishable food.
“We did this last year and it was a huge success,” said Donna Thompson, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. “Julie Eisenbrey of our Milford office took charge of it last year and will be doing so again this year. We realize that there are people in need in the local area and we are always looking for ways to help.” Ms. Thompson said that County Bank prides itself on being a community bank and they enjoy helping members of the community.
Feeding America, a national organization devoted to eliminating hunger, says that there are specific canned goods that are often in short supply at the food pantry. Canned vegetables, fruits, meats, tuna, soups, stews, chili and peanut butter are items that go the farthest when people have difficulty finding or purchasing food. People who are struggling financially often have difficulty storing food safely, which is why canned goods are beneficial in food pantries. In addition, food pantries suggest donating cereal, pasta, rice and dried beans as well.
Some of the items requested also contain specific nutrients that promote health. Peanut butter, canned meats and tuna, for example, contain a significant amount of protein which is especially important for children. Canned vegetables and fruit also provide additional nutrients that many low income individuals miss in their diet as they have difficulty purchasing healthy foods.
A report compiled by the Food Research and Action Center in 2012 ranked Delaware 13th in food hardship. Approximately 150,000 residents, almost 17 percent, of the state received food stamps in 2014, down by 3,000 from 2012, but still significantly high for a state the size of Delaware.
The Milford Food Pantry located at Avenue United Methodist Church on Church Street serves Milford and surrounding communities.
“Anyone who wants to donate to the food drive should simply drop off their donation at our branch located at 100 East Masten’s Circle,” Ms. Thompson said. “We will take care of getting the food to the pantry. Any donations are greatly appreciated as we work to help those in our community who may be struggling financially have food not only for the holiday, but throughout the year.”