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Food Bank of Delaware prepares for another set of drive-thru food pantries

Delaware Public Media

The Food Bank of Delaware hosts a third round of drive-thru mobile pantries in all three counties next week.

The three pantries will each serve up to 2,500 families.


They are scheduled for Monday May 18 at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Wednesday May 20 at Dover International Speedway, and Friday May 22 at Glasgow High School in Newark.

The Food Bank of Delaware’s Kim Turner says there is still a need for them.


"We know that the demand is still great people are still out of work and we anticipate that the economic recovery is going to take some time and people are going to continue to rely on the assistance of our network of partners and we'll continue to host these mass distributions as long as we see that the need is great in the community," Turner said.

Turner says the mobile pantries have been spaced out to avoid asking too much of their community partners.

"We were really thankful to have the National Guard assist us last month, they will be back this month it's a lot of manpower from DelDOT, State Police in order to manage all the traffic that is associated with over 2000 vehicles coming out so we're thankful for our partners in the community, but we don't want to add stress to them," said Turner.

Turner notes the food bank has enough inventory, and more help is coming from the federal government with the Coronavirus Assistance Program.

"That's going to allow us to distribute protein boxes, dairy boxes, and produce boxes to families in need," Turner said.

Turner expects the prepackaged boxes of food sometime this month.

One of next week’s mobile pantries is at a new site, Glasgow High School, moving from Christiana Mall. Turner explains why.

"Businesses are going to start doing curbside pickup so we don't want to cause any traffic issues with those stores that are starting to serve customers again," said Turner.


Turner adds the change also gives the food bank an opportunity to provide assistance in a different part of the county.

You can let the Food Bank of Delaware know that you are going by registering  for each one: Sussex County, Kent County and New Castle County.

On-site registration will also be available. Service will be first-come, first-served.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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