The Food Bank of Delaware kicked off its annual Thanksgiving For All food and funds drive on Monday, October 2. The hunger-relief organization asks for the community’s assistance in collecting food items and monetary donations in order to create 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for Delaware families in need.
To help fill the boxes, 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. Food for the Thanksgiving boxes must be received by Friday, November 3. Holiday food received after that time will be distributed to the Food Bank’s network of Hunger-Relief Program Partners.
“It’s important for the community to work together to meet the needs of Delawareans struggling with food insecurity,” said Kim Turner of the Food Bank of Delaware. “Many of the families served through our network of partners never expected to be in their current situations. Illness, injuries, job losses are just some of the hardships that families encounter in our community. Food insecurity can happen to any of us, but we can all work together to ensure that families have hot meals this holiday season.”
Needed items include canned sweet potatoes, canned peas, canned corn, evaporated milk, canned pumpkin, applesauce, coffee/tea bags, corn muffin mix, canned gravy, mashed potatoes, graham cracker crust, turkey pan and frozen turkeys. 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 organization’s Newark or Milford facilities.The Food Bank of Delaware will make 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes that will be distributed through community organizations throughout the state.
Although the holidays are a popular time for individuals to volunteer, Turner also encourages community involvement throughout the year. “The Food Bank of Delaware is in need of community support year round – not just during the holidays,” said Turner. “We are in need of volunteers at our Milford Branch throughout the year to help sort donations, pack meal boxes, bag food for our children’s Backpack Program, pack coolers for our children’s meal programs and more.”
For more information about hosting a Thanksgiving For All food drive or to request logistical assistance such as barrel delivery or donation pick up, individuals are asked to visit http://www.fbd.org/thanksgiving-for-all.
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