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Food Bank of Delaware kicks off Thanksgiving food drive

Oct 2, 2018

As the calendar turns to October and we move deeper into fall, it’s a reminder Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And it’s a crucial time of year for the Food Bank of Delaware.


The Food Bank kicked off its “Thanksgiving For All” food and funds drive this week.

Food Bank of Delaware spokeswoman Kim Turner says the annual drive is once again looking to feed hungry Delawareans this holiday.

“We will be looking to the community for their support in helping us collect the needed items to fill 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for families in need. So, we’re looking for the traditional Thanksgiving staples that we enjoy around our tables,” said Turner.

Turner notes that items needed most include canned sweet potatoes, canned peas and corn, coffee and tea bags and frozen turkeys, just to name a few.


And she explains that the drive starts now because food for the Thanksgiving boxes must be received by Friday, November 2, 2018.

Donations can be dropped off at one of two Food Bank of Delaware branches - in Milford at 1040 Mattlind Way and in Newark at 14 Garfield Way.

Turner adds anyone collecting more than 20 boxes or bags of food can arrange to have the Food Bank to pick up those donations by clicking here.


Turner points out that new numbers recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show poverty is up by a couple of percentage points here in Delaware - indicating the need for assistance in the First State remains.


Needed items include:

  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Canned peas
  • Canned corn
  • Evaporated milk
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Applesauce
  • Coffee/tea bags
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Canned gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Graham cracker crust
  • Turkey pan
  • Frozen turkeys (must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses)