Delaware Does More

by Dave on July 4, 2009

As first seen in Coastal Sussex Weekly, June 18, 2009:

Recognizing the need in a down economy to help those in need, the United Way of Delaware and the Food Bank of Delaware teamed up in October of 2008 with a novel idea — raise $250,000 and 300,000 pounds of donated food between October and March.

In March, the organizations announced they had exceeded their goals, raising $300,000 and bringing in 340,000 pounds of food.

With that success behind them, the Delaware Does More team has launched a new campaign: collect 1 million pounds of fresh produce and food and $150,000 between May and October.

To collect one million pounds of food, the focus is on fresh produce, gleaned crops, and rescued restaurant food. Delaware Does More is encouraging gardeners to plant an extra row of vegetables in their garden, farmers to allow Food Bank volunteers to glean their fields, and restaurant and food service professionals to allow the Food Bank to pick up their leftover prepared food. The Food Bank of Delaware will make these donations available to food pantries in all three counties.

Patricia Beebe, President & CEO of the Food Bank of Delaware, said that the need is immediate, and that everyone is able to help.

“Families are being forced to choose between buying groceries and paying their monthly bills,” she says. “That’s not a decision that anyone should have to make. There are many ways to collect food, that don’t cost much money or take much effort, and that can really help a family in need,” she said. “Plant another row in your garden. Allow someone to collect produce or prepared food that would otherwise be wasted. Grab a few extra items at the grocery story. All of these efforts are simple, but could truly make a difference.”

Monetary donations to Delaware Does More will assist those who are struggling to meet their shelter or utility needs. Participating social service agencies throughout the state will use these donations to give one-time monetary gifts for immediate expenses including rent, mortgage,
or utility costs.

“In this economy, many families are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and to keep the electricity on while they get back on their feet,” says Michelle A. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Delaware. “Almost everyone knows someone who needs help as a result of this economic downturn. Delawareans responded quickly and generously to last winter’s Delaware Does More appeal, and we are hoping they will step up again this summer.”

To learn more about Delaware Does More, visit uwde.org or fbd.org.

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