The Food Bank of Delaware is asking for the public’s help in collecting food items to create more than 2,700 meal boxes for families in need this Thanksgiving.
Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups are being asked to chip in by organizing food drives throughout the holiday season. Food for the Thanksgiving boxes must be received by Friday, Nov. 15.
Anyone who collects more than 20 boxes or bags of donated food can make arrangements with the Food Bank to have their donations picked up. Smaller donations should be dropped off at the Food Bank’s headquarters at 14 Garfield Way in Newark on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Boxes of food donated to the Food Bank will be distributed by nonprofits in New Castle and Kent counties. Families in need of holiday food assistance can call the Delaware Helpline at 211 or (800) 464-HELP.
Food Bank President and CEO Patricia Beebe said food assistance will be more important than ever for thousands of families this Thanksgiving.
“Starting Nov. 1, Supplemental and 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,” she said. “This will be detrimental to many, especially seniors, families with children and the disabled … We are preparing for the worst.”
For more information about hosting a holiday food drive, visit www.fbd.org/holiday-food-drives/.
For more information about serving as a drop-off location for holiday food donations, contact Caitlin Custer by calling (302) 292-1305, ext. 253 or email her at email@example.com.