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Volunteers needed to pack food bank meals for kids' summer nutrition program

May 28, 2014

Volunteers are needed at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch to help assemble and pack meals for children enrolled in various summer programs.

Sign-up is easy and can be done online. To volunteer to help with the Summer Food Service Program, members of the community may visit www.fbd.volunteerhub.com and sign up for a shift during the months of June (starting June 13), July or August. The program ends in mid-August.

“Our volunteers are so important to us at the Food Bank of Delaware, and obviously to children throughout Kent and Sussex counties,” said Chad Robinson, Milford branch director.

“Nutritious meals that are also appealing to kids are delivered to child-care facilities, children’s programs, summer camps, faith-based organizations, neighborhoods and more. For children in need, these meals are essential to their health and success.”

No experience is necessary, but volunteers should be able to stand for extended periods of time. Shifts are operated throughout the day Monday through Friday and some occasional weeknights and weekends.

The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Delaware Department of Education, provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to low-income children in the summer when access to free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs are not available.

To help bridge the nutrition gap during the summer months, the food bank provides these nutritious meals for sites that feed hungry children.

This summer, the Food Bank of Delaware will deliver more than 200,000 meals to children during the 10-week program. To learn more about becoming a children’s nutrition site, contact Dan Jackson, Hunger Relief coordinator, at 302-444-8128 or djackson@fbd.org.

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