Volunteers pack food bags for Delaware needy

DOVER — Volunteers packed 5,200 meal bags in Dover on Wednesday afternoon. The assembly line was set up on the north side of Legislative Mall. One person after another registered and took a plastic bag. They carefully stacked it with food as they walked through the line: grape juice boxes, shelf-stable milk, cornflakes, macaroni and […]

‘Coming Together’ conference focuses on ending childhood hunger

WILMINGTON — Community activists ranging from elementary students to retirees joined together at the Chase Center Monday morning to discuss a common goal, ending hunger in Delaware for the “Coming Together: A Community Response to Hunger” conference.

Hunger is enough of a problem across the state that The Food Bank of Delaware and its network of hunger relief partners report having assisted 242,000 individuals in 900,000 visits last year.

Hunger in Schools: ‘Kids don’t ask to be hungry’

DOVER — The Friday before winter break cardboard boxes were stacked in the corner outside classroom doors. It was pajama day at W. Reily Brown Elementary School and children probably were starting to get excited about Christmas. Before they rushed out the door, though, some students stopped to pick up a bag from the box. […]

Volunteers help hungry Delaware seniors get food they need

DOVER — Bill Hedderich is 94. He’s at the age where one might think he’s more likely to be receiving free meals than delivering them. But Mr. Hedderich is undaunte d. Monday through Friday, the Dover resident can be found at the Modern Maturity Center on Forrest Avenue, arriving in the morning to help deliver […]

For the homeless, finding food another added stress

DOVER — Dohn Price, 53, says he’s been homeless “once or twice” and knows that hunger comes with it. Living life hungry is tied to not having a stable living space. “The toughest part of being homeless is worrying about where your next meal is coming from,” Mr. Price said last week. “You feel stress, […]

Kent County churches join war on hunger

DOVER — Fortunate people don’t worry about an empty stomach for themselves or their loved ones. And many, in the spirit of giving, will donate ample food during the holiday season, and that’s great. For others, the pangs for nourishment are relentless and feeding one’s hunger is a daily need year-round.Church-based food pantry organizers in […]

Hunger in Delaware: Where to get help

State service centers are located throughout Kent and Sussex counties and all assist with emergency food requests on a daily basis. All centers also have an emergency food pantry on site and donations are always welcome, officials said. Staff at the centers refer those in need to various food pantries. People needing help can call […]

How to stretch your food budget — and eat right

DOVER — For those with a limited income, learning the right way to shop can be key to a healthy diet. Asia Thurston is the community nutrition educator at the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford where she teaches classes like “Spending Less, Eating Better.” “What I would tell people to do is, you have […]

Food Bank donations are needed year-round in Delaware

MILFORD — The dusty can, long shuffled to the back of the pantry shelf in favor of tastier offerings, often ends up in a food drive. But Chad Robinson, director of the Milford Branch for the Food Bank of Delaware, suggests people donate food they would personally enjoy when asked to make a donation. “People […]

‘Hunger doesn’t take a vacation’

DOVER — Holidays, with their focus on food traditions and large meals, spur many Delawareans to drop a can or two into a food-drive collection box. But for 16 of every 100 Delawareans, the need doesn’t end once the Christmas dishes are washed and packed away until next year. The need for food continues through […]