The Food Bank of Delaware opened its first school-based food pantry at Eastside Charter School in November 2011.

Through the program at-risk families with children enrolled at the school are able to access emergency food and hygiene products by visiting a food pantry within the school. Families are discretely identified by school officials. Families select food based on their household’s needs each week. Food for the pantry is provided by the Food Bank of Delaware and school-wide food drives or community donations.

In addition, the Food Bank of Delaware promotes parental involvement in the new program. Parents are encouraged to host PTA/PTO food and fund drives to help stock the pantry’s shelves, volunteer with upkeep and maintenance of the pantry and more.

The school pantry is currently in the following schools:

  • Philis Wheatly Elementary, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Milford High School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Milton Elementary, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • GW Carver Educational Center, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • P.S. duPont Middle School
  • New Castle Elementary School
  • Pleasantville Elementary
  • Southern Elementary
  • William Penn High School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Castle Hills Elementary
  • Stubbs Elementary, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Bancroft Elementary, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Lake Forest High School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Eastside Charter School
  • Eisenberg Elementary
  • Cape Henlopen High School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • H.O. Brinttingham, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Sussex Consortium
  • KCSILC
  • Millsboro Middle, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Morris Early Childhood Center, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Delmar Middle/High school, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Community Education Building, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Sussex Central High School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Kent County Secondary ILC, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • LF Central Elementary School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation
  • Bayard Middle School, a collaboration with the Harry K. Foundation

For more information about school pantry sponsorship, please contact Larry Haas, Development Director, at (302) 294-0185 or lhaas@fbd.org.

For more information about starting a pantry at your school, please contact Naty Moreta, Partner Relations Coordinator, at (302) 444-8077 or nmoreta@fbd.org. Click here to read some considerations for starting a Food Bank of Delaware-sponsored food pantry.