The Food Bank of Delaware relies on donations from the food industry, including farmers, to help feed hungry people in Delaware.

The Food Bank of Delaware supplies a network of partner organizations with food and other household products for our neighbors in need.

With our fleet of trucks and warehouses in Newark and Milford (both include industrial size refrigeration and freezer space), we are the only facility in Delaware with the equipment, warehouse and staff to collect donations from all sectors of the food industry and safely and efficiently redistribute them to those who need it most.

Why donate?

  • Helps the Community: Donating to the Food Bank of Delaware helps to feed hungry people in your community and makes good business sense – it’s a win-win situation.
  • Public Relations: The Food Bank of Delaware is always happy to work with our food donors to make sure organizations are recognized for their generosity.
  • Tax Deductions: All donations to the Food Bank are tax-deductible. The 1976 Federal Tax Law (H.R. 10612) permits you to deduct all of the costs of producing, packaging and delivering your products, plus up to 50 percent of the difference between the cost and its fair-market value.
  • Cost Savings: You can save on storage costs and dumping fees by donating salvage to the Food Bank of Delaware. Donations help reduce your surplus of hard-to-move inventory and inventory that can be eaten, but not sold.

What to donate?
The Food Bank accepts cases to truckloads of dry-stored, perishable or frozen food items and non-food items such as hygiene and household products.

Call the Food Bank if you have products that are:

  • Surplus
  • Cosmetically-damaged
  • Mislabeled or unlabelled
  • Code-dated
  • Discontinued, test-market and private-labeled brands
  • Under or overweight items
  • Seasonally packaged

Most-needed foods:

  • Soups
  • Canned and packaged beans
  • Packaged pasta, rice and macaroni products
  • Nonfat dry milk
  • Canned juices
  • Canned products
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Home cleaning supplies


Your donation will be distributed to feeding programs run by our partner agencies throughout the state of Delaware. These organizations are monitored to ensure that donated product does not reenter the marketplace. Your donation will be documented and receipted by the Food Bank of Delaware.

You are protected by The Good Samaritan Law.


  • Protects you from liability when you donate to a non-profit organization;
  • Protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient;
  • Standardizes donor liability exposure–You or your legal counsel no longer have to investigate liability laws in 50 states; and
  • Sets a floor of “gross negligence” or “intentional misconduct” for persons who donate grocery products. According to the law, gross negligence is defined as “voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person.”

To learn more about donating, or if you would like more information about the Food Bank, our facilities and how we use food donations to fight hunger in Delaware, please contact:

Ed Matarese
Food Sourcing Manager
(302) 893-2622

Our fleet is always ready to pick up
your generous donation!

Please click here to read our new nutrition policy for donated foods.

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.