Food Bank of Delaware kicks off Thanksgiving food driveNov. 15 deadline for donations to Thanksgiving boxes
The Food Bank of Delaware kicked off its annual Thanksgiving food drive Oct. 14. The hunger relief organization asks for the community’s assistance in collecting food items in order to create 2,700 Thanksgiving meal boxes for families in need.
Through the food bank’s Thanksgiving for All holiday box distribution, eligible 501c3 nonprofit organizations in New Castle and Kent counties will have an opportunity to pick up free meal boxes from the Food Bank of Delaware for families in need. Organizations in Sussex County may sign up for Mountaire Farm’s Thanksgiving for Thousands distribution.
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, Nov. 15.
“Starting Nov. 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients will automatically receive a decrease in their monthly benefits as a result of the expiration of the increase provided by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe.
“This will be detrimental for many, especially seniors, families with children and the disabled. With the automatic decrease and the government shutdown, it is possible that our most-vulnerable populations will not receive food benefits in the upcoming months. We are preparing for the worst. To help meet the increased demand, especially during the holiday season, we encourage Delawareans to step up to help their neighbors in need.”
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, canned fruits, 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).
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.
Food Bank of Delaware - Milford is at 1040 Mattlind Way, 302-424-3301. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
For more information about hosting a holiday food drive, visit www.fbd.org/holiday-food-drives. Organizations interested in serving as drop-off locations for holiday food donations may contact Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-292-1305, Ext 253.
To sign up to receive holiday meal boxes, contact Barbara Brkovich at 302-292-1305, Ext 259 or email@example.com. Organizations in Sussex County wishing to learn more about Mountaire Farm’s Thanksgiving for Thousands distribution may visit www.mountaire.com/thanksgiving.
Households in need of food assistance should call the Delaware Helpline by dialing 211 or 1-800-464-HELP.