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Food Bank Of Delaware Kicks Off Thanksgiving Food Drive

Delaware Food Bank Helps Residents Amid Rise in Grocery Prices
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Food Bank of Delaware employees and volunteers pack food boxes in the organizations Glasgow warehouse last year.

With Thanksgiving just 45 days away, the Food Bank of Delaware kicked off its annual Thanksgiving holiday food drive Monday.

With high costs due to inflation, the communitys support is needed now more than ever to ensure that Delawareans have hot holiday meals on the table this season, Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Cathy Kanefsky said.

More than 100,000 of our Delaware neighbors have difficulties affording food, Kanefsky said. No family deserves to go without a hot holiday meal. Our community can help us bring hope this season by hosting an in-person food drive or an online fundraiser to help us purchase food. Together, we can all brighten the holiday season for our neighbors in need.

There are two ways for individuals, businesses or community groups to support the Food Bank of Delawares Thanksgiving food drive.

One is to host an online fundraiser, which enables the Food Bank to purchase items that are most in need. The Food Banks buying power is strong for every dollar donated, the Food Bank of Delaware can provide three meals to Delawareans in need.

To ensure donations can be distributed in time for Thanksgiving, they should be delivered to the Food Bank by Nov. 10. Items delivered after that date will be distributed through the remainder of the holiday season.

A Special Thank You To Brenda Ewart

Some 26 years ago, as her youngest of three children headed into Grade 1, Richmond Hills Brenda Ewart took a part-time job as manager of the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank.

Our family attended Richmond Hill United Church where the food bank was located at the time, and the minister suggested I apply for the job, explained Ewart, stating one attraction was she could be home before her children returned from school.

But what started as a job, has become a passion and has consumed far more hours each week than originally forecast, and has pulled in her husband, Bob, as well. Although she has been paid, both have donated many volunteer hours over the years to what has become a labour of love for both.

Bob had his eyes opened and so did the kids to the need for the food bank, explained Ewart. And the volunteers have become my friends, my family. Some have volunteered longer than Ive been here! Read more.

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  • Patrick HultonMay 22, 2013Been here 5+ timesI have been assoicated with the FBD for over 11 years and this place is a very good experince for many different reasons visit the website fbd.org for more information shout to Retha Fisher
  • Kim KostesMarch 22, 2011Been here 5+ timesCheck out the Food Bank’s website www.fbd.org to learn more about how you can alleviate hunger in the community!
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Our Mission Is To Provide Nutritious Foods To Delawareans In Need And Facilitate Long

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This year’s Do More 24 campaign is raising money for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program. This very special program touches children and families by discreetly providing food to at-risk children for weekends and holidays when school is not in session or federal school meal programs are not available. Backpacks are stocked with kid-friendly, nutritious food including shelf stable milk and juice, pop-top cans, macaroni and cheese, apple sauce, cereal and more.

A Delaware Food Bank Is Breaking Ground On Downstate Location To Meet Rise In Demand

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Food Bank of Delaware breaks ground on the new Center in Southern, Delaware.

The Food Bank of Delaware recently broke ground on its new Kent County center in Milford, a 67,000-square-foot facility that will provide expanded training programs and food distribution capabilities. The building, which will replace the present 16,000-square-foot Milford Branch on Mattlind Way, is scheduled to open in October 2023.

The building will cost about $34 million. The non-profit is hoping to raise $10 million through its Building Hope in Milford campaign to finish paying construction costs.

The word hope is a powerful word, said Cathy Kanefsky, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Delaware. She said the new facility will help more people have hope in the face of food insecurity. When you wake up and youre hungry and you cant feed your child and you dont know where your next meal is going to come from, thats a really, really hopeless feeling.

Currently, the agency has received funding help from the Swank Family Foundation, Barclays, Purdue, as well as federal, local, and state government funds.

Delaware is experiencing a rise in the number of residents seeking help, whether it be with housing costs, Medicaid, or food assistance.

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Food insecurity has increased in Delaware and around the nation since the pandemic began as people have lost their jobs and livelihoods.

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How We Work

The Richmond Hill Community Food Bank is a non-government, independently run non-profit agency, founded to provide temporary emergency food assistance to those in need. Our strength is the generous support of the people of Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Maple, corporate supporters, food drives by churches and schools, and our staff of amazing volunteers. The food bank has a strong history in the community and became a charitable organization in 1991. It is overseen by a volunteer board of directors and has one paid, part-time manager, Lee Reynolds.

When in season, we receive fresh produce through a variety of sources: farmers markets, Seeds For Change , local gardeners and through Feed Ontario and From Earth to Table.

Financial contributions are used by the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank to provide the best services and deliver help to the people we assist.

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