The Food Bank of Delaware recently kicked off its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive and is asking the community's assistance in collecting food items in order to create 2,700 Thanksgiving meal boxes for families in need.
Eligible 501(c)3 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. Households in need of holiday food assistance should call the Delaware Helpline by dialing 2-1-1 or (800) 464-HELP.
“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.
The food bank is in need of the following: 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 (green beans, corn, yams and peas), canned fruits (pineapple and apple sauce), 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 at the food bank’s Newark or Milford facilities at 14 Garfield Way in Newark or 1040 Mattlind Way in Milford.
For more information visit fbd.org/holiday-food-drives.