The City of Newark will serve as a collection site for the Food Bank of Delaware this holiday season, encouraging residents to embrace the spirit of giving and support those in need. Beginning Wednesday, November 15, two donation barrels will be located in the lobby of the municipal building to collect non-perishable food and goods.
"This is the time of year when many of us reflect on what we are thankful for, while recognizing there are others who are less fortunate," said acting city manager Tom Coleman. "Partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware and serving as a collection site allows us to support those in need and we hope our friends and neighbors join us in this effort."
Through Wednesday, November 22, residents are encouraged to support the Food Bank's "Thanksgiving for All" campaign and donate items that will help more Delaware families have an opportunity to gather around the table and enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal. Items needed include: canned sweet potatoes, canned peas, canned corn, evaporated milk, applesauce, coffee/tea bags, corn muffin mix, mashed potatoes, graham cracker crusts, pie filling, and turkey pans. Frozen turkeys are being accepted, but must be dropped off at the Newark or Milford Food Bank warehouses.
A second donation barrel will remain in the lobby through Wednesday, December 20, to collect food and goods for families to use through the holiday season. The most needed items include: canned fruits, hot & cold cereal, canned meat, peanut butter, grains, canned & dried beans, canned vegetables, 100% fruit/vegetable juice and healthy snacks.
"The City of Newark has been a long-standing partner of the Food Bank of Delaware and we're thrilled the City is once again encouraging residents to give back and support those in need," said Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO Patricia Beebe.
About the Food Bank of Delaware:
The Food Bank of Delaware distributes millions of pounds of products each year to its network of 575 hunger-relief program partners throughout the state and also provides thousands of meals a month for children through the After-School Nutrition Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Backpack Program. The Food Bank's hunger-relief programs provide for Delawareans at risk of going without meals each year. The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, the Food Bank's workforce development arm, provides training for adults interested in careers in the food service industry. For more information about the Food Bank of Delaware, visit www.fbd.org or call (302) 292-1305.