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About The Food Bank of Delaware

A. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank of Delaware provides food for the hungry in the entire state of Delaware. We solicit, collect, purchase and store food from farmers, manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers, retailers and others in the food industry and redistribute it to nonprofit agencies that provide free food to the hungry.

Q. Where is the Food Bank
 – more... of Delaware located?

A. The Food Bank of Delaware is headquartered in Newark, Delaware (14 Garfield Way, Delaware Industrial Park with a second location in Milford (1040 Mattlind Way) to serve Kent and Sussex Counties.

Q. How does the Food Bank of Delaware help hungry Delawareans?

A. We provide food and resources through a network of 477 hunger-relief program partners. Our parnters include food pantries, shelter or residential programs, social service agencies, emergency soup kitchens, children's nutrition programs, schools and neighborhood and church distribution programs who reach low-income people in need.

Q. How does the Food Bank of Delaware get food?

A. Food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, brokers, and food distributors donate millions of pounds of food and other grocery products to the Food Bank of Delaware each year. Our fleetof trucks travel up and down the Eastern Seaboard to pickup food from donors. Commercial trucks also haul in donations from food industry donors in the region and across the country that are tapped through Feeding America. Food industry donors make a variety of packaged, canned, perishable, and non-perishable foods, including poultry, pasta, cereal, produce, snacks and beverages, available to feed Delaware's hungry. The Food Bank also receives food through generous individual community donors and groups, businesses and organizations that hold food drives throughout the year.

In order to ensure a consistent supply of certain food staples, the Food Bank of Delaware purchases food in large volumes. About 11 percent of our warehouse is purchased food items.

Q. How is food distributed to hungry Delawareans?

A. When truckloads of donated food arrives at the Food Bank of Delaware, the food is unloaded, weighed, sorted, boxed, inventoried and added to a menu of items for our hunger-relief partners to order from. Partners come to the Food Bank of Delaware to obtain food from our menu or Shopper's Choice area or request delivery of needed food supplies.

Q. How much food is distributed?

A. We distributed more than 6 million pounds of food last year.

Q. Who does the Food Bank of Delaware serve?

A. The Food Bank of Delaware provides food to food pantries, emergency shelters, low-income day care centers, after-school programs, senior centers, churches and other feeding programs. Through our network we serve 241,600 Delawareans each year. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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