Holiday Food Drives

Help make the holiday season bright for families in need this year. The Food Bank of Delaware is asking for the public’s assistance in making sure that no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. This year will be a difficult one throughout the state of Delaware as more families struggle to afford food. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups are encouraged to organize food drives throughout the holiday season.

Can’t organize a food drive? Click here to make a donation to the holiday food drive. Just $1 provides two meals!

Organizations who are interested in hosting a food drive may contact Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator, at or (302) 292-1305 ext 253.

We are in need of:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned or packets of gravy
  • Pie crust
  • Chocolate pudding mix
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Seasoned stuffing mix
  • Biscuit mix
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned vegetables (green beans, corn, yams and peas)
  • Canned fruits (pineapple and apple sauce)
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Shelf-stable milk (32 oz.)
  • Apple juice
  • Turkey roasting pans
  • Frozen turkeys (drop off to Newark or Milford warehouses only)
  • Hams

Please note, the Food Bank of Delaware cannot accept hard candy, lollipops, soda in cans and bottles, chocolate bars or pieces, gum and soft candy such as marshmallows, caramels, taffy, licorice and gummy items.

Click here for a printable shopping list of our most-needed items.

Those who collect more than 20 boxes/bags of donated food may make arrangements with the Food Bank of Delaware to have donations picked up. In an effort to save money on transportation costs, the food bank asks that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off at our facilities:

Food Bank of Delaware – Newark
14 Garfield Way
Newark, DE  19713
(302) 292-1305
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.;
*please note we are closed December 24-January 1

Food Bank of Delaware – Milford
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-3301
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*please note we are closed December 24-January 1

To register your food drive with the Food Bank of Delaware or to arrange for delivery/pick up, please fill out the form below.

Food Drives