Delaware anti-hunger advocates are asking businesses, schools and individuals to collect donations as part of their winter-long giving/awareness campaign called Share a Second Helping.
The Food Bank of Delaware, the Coalition to End Hunger, Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services and Delaware 211 kicked off the campaign last week in response to a recent $16-million cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Delaware, with additional cuts proposed by Congress.
“This cut is more than the entire yearly budget of the Food Bank,” said Food Bank President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Already-strapped charitable organizations cannot fill the void of Congress’ inability to come up with workable solutions to the problems associated with poverty.”
Currently, 156,000 state residents receive benefits from SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program, an increase of 72,000 over the five years.
A recent study by the Food Research and Action Council also found that Delaware ranks twelfth worst in the nation for food hardship among households with children.
“In a country that has so much and so much to be grateful for this holiday season, we cannot sit back as a government or a society and, in good conscience, allow people to go hungry,” DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf said.
For more information about starting a food drive, holding fundraisers and becoming an advocate, visit www.fbd.org/share-a-second-helping/.
Anyone in need of emergency food assistance is asked to contact Delaware 211 by calling 2-1-1.