Family moves to Delaware for fresh start

May 19, 2022

Janaiya is new to Delaware. Three months ago, this Wilmington resident moved up from North Carolina in hopes of creating a better life for her 4-year-old son. She seeks job opportunities for herself and hopes he has access to a good education, among other things.

So far, things have been a bit challenging. She has a part-time job as a cashier at a soul food restaurant, and that means her income is very limited. But she was resourceful enough to call 211, the state’s help line and access to services. That’s how she connected not only to the Food Bank of Delaware, but also to the WIC program for her son.

Since Janaiya has no transportation, she’s been able to participate in the Food Bank’s home delivery service; every week she gets a box of food delivered to her front door. “It’s been very helpful,” she said, noting that she’s waiting for approval for SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – benefits.

“The Food Bank was so helpful, and they got the food to me very quickly. I didn’t have to jump through hoops,” she said. “In the box, there are things I can use to turn into full home-cooked meals.”

To learn more about home delivery programs at the Food Bank of Delaware, click here.

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