The Everett Theatre and the Gibby Center join forces with several state agencies for the "Share a Second Helping" campaign. Drop donations off, have some tea and say good-bye to the Gibby's latest exhibit.
Realizing that the arts can only sustain one part of the human condition during bleak winter months, Everett, Inc., the umbrella organization for both the Everett Theatre and the Gibby Center for the Arts, has decided to shine the spotlight on hunger in Delaware.
The organization will join the “Share a Second Helping” campaign, a joint effort by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware 2-1-1, The Food Bank of Delaware and the Coalition to End Hunger. Their goal? Collect 100,000 pounds of food in January and February to assist as many families as possible who are struggling to make ends meet right now.
That goal is a direct response to the recent $16 million dollar cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Delaware.
“A $16 million cut to SNAP is a significant cut for already vulnerable populations, such as our children, seniors, people with disabilities and the working poor,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “This cut is more than the entire yearly budget of the food bank. Already strapped charitable organizations cannot fill the void of Congress’ inability to come up with workable solutions for the problems associated with poverty.”
Members and volunteers of Everett, Inc., couldn’t agree more and have decided to help. Food barrels have been placed at the Everett Theatre and at the Gibby Center, where they will remain throughout the month of February.
“Many artists know what it’s like to struggle to make a living and put food on the table,” said Caroline Zeitler, the Gibby Center’s co-director for the Hudson Contemporary Gallery. “The Gibby Center is proud to be doing its part to contribute to the state’s campaign and support the fight to end hunger in Delaware. We hope our community will join us.
At The Gibby, drop-off hours coincide with regular gallery hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will also be accepted during exhibit showings and events as well, including today’s tea party, which marks the end of the “Threads That Bind, Revisited” exhibit.
The tea party takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., today and will feature several contributing artists as well as teas provided by Purple Sage. Sandwiches and cookies will also be provided.
“Attendance was a little low because of the weather,” Zeitler said. “But, it’s so beautiful and different that we wanted to give people one last chance to see it. I hope people will take the opportunity to see these one-of-a-kind pieces that show off really imaginative uses of fabric.”