Newark, Del. – September 15, 2009 – The Food Bank of Delaware today announced receipt of a $4,900 grant from The Comcast Foundation recognizing its partnership for Comcast Cares Day, Comcast’s annual, nationwide day of service. The grant will be used to support the Food Bank’s efforts to distribute food to its network of 346 hunger-relief program partners. Together, food is distributed to more than 90,000 Delawareans who are at risk of hunger.
In April, nearly 250 Comcast employees and their families and friends volunteered to restock shelves, sort and pack donations and help with general repairs and clean-up at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Newark and Milford branches as part of the company’s 8th annual Comcast Cares Day. It was the third Comcast Cares Day in the past five years in which Comcast partnered with Food Bank of Delaware to support its programs.
“We are thrilled to be a partner with Comcast – as part of Comcast Cares Day and beyond,” said Patricia Beebe, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Delaware. “Together, with the Comcast Foundation grant and the help of the many Comcast volunteers who gave their time in the spring, we will be able to feed more families and individuals during these troubling economic times.”
The Comcast Foundation awarded the grant to Food Bank of Delaware on behalf of every Comcast employee, family member, friend and community partner who volunteered on Comcast Cares Day. Comcast Cares Day is a company-wide day of service in the communities where Comcast employees live and work. Employees, families and friends first took part in 1997 in what was then called Philadelphia Cares Day. By 2001, volunteer efforts had expanded nationwide and eight years later the program involves more than 500 projects and approximately 50,000 volunteers. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has proudly donated over $6.6 million in Comcast Cares Day grants to local community partner organizations to help power the dreams in neighborhoods across the county.