The Food Bank of Delaware is hoping to collect more than 75 tons of donated food during its annual holiday food drive, which kicked off Monday.
"Gallup recently released information indicating Delaware ranks third in the nation for the highest percentage of residents who cannot afford food," Food Bank President and CEO Patricia Beebe said. "This holiday season, I encourage all Delawareans to take a stand against hunger and help make the holiday season bright for our struggling neighbors in need."
With donations in 2012 down more than 700 tons from 2011, the Food Bank is asking individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups to organize food drives so no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this winter.
Donations of fewer than 20 boxes/bags of food can be dropped off at the Food Bank's Milford location at 1040 Mattlind Way between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Donations of more than 20 boxes/bags can be picked up by calling the Food Bank at (302) 424-3301.
Food collected from the holiday food drive will be distributed through the Food Bank's network of hunger-relief program partners. Households in need of food assistance are asked to call the Delaware Helpline at 211 or (800) 464-4357.