Wilmington, Del., (January 19, 2009) — Assistance for the hungry in Delaware came last Friday from Delaware Park, which presented a $4,000 donation to the Food Bank of Delaware.
“I continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support we have received from the community during these tough economic times,” said Patricia Beebe, President and CEO of Food Bank of Delaware. “We are grateful for partners like Delaware Park who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help feed hungry Delawareans.”
As part of the December food drive, Delaware Park matched customer contributions by donating $1 to the Food Bank for every pound of food collected. Customers donated nearly two tons of food, according to Delaware Park General Manager Andrew Gentile, resulting in an equivalent donation of $4,000.
With the gracious contribution from Delaware Park, the Food Bank of Delaware has many plans to further assist the hungry people in the community. The $4,000 will be distributed and used in hunger-relief efforts that reach 90,000 people in the state of Delaware. Many of the relief efforts include the distribution of food through a mobile pantry and to children through a backpack program, nutrition education programs and culinary school job training.
The Food Bank of Delaware distributes between seven and 10 million pounds of food and grocery products each year to more than 350 member agencies and feeding sites throughout the state and also provides thousands of meals a month for children through the After-School Feeding Program, the Summer Food Service Program and the Backpack Program. The Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs directly provide for almost 90,000 Delawareans at risk of going without meals each year. For more information about the Food Bank of Delaware, visit www.fbd.org or call (302) 292-1305.