Food Bank of Delaware commemorates $69,000 grant from Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation with Summer Fun Fair

June 30, 2016

The Food Bank of Delaware hosted a summer fun fair yesterday afternoon at Burton Village in Rehoboth Beach to help build awareness of the organization’s summer mobile meal sites. The mobile meal sites are in thanks to a generous $69,000 grant from the Giant Food’s Our Family Foundation.

IMG_1081Burton Village is one of seven Food Bank of Delaware mobile sites. Through the program, a Food Bank of Delaware driver travels from site to site delivering and serving meals to kids. At the conclusion of the meal, the driver packs up and heads to the next site.

“Giant is very pleased to support the Food Bank of Delaware’s new mobile meal site initiative,” said Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food of Landover, Md. “Since the beginning of our partnership with thIMG_1096e Food Bank, we have shared a vision and commitment to doing all we can to alleviate hunger in Delaware. This new program is another important step in addressing hunger, especially during the summer months when families feel hunger more deeply due to suspension of school programs.”

IMG_1088 Families who attended today’s summer fun fair enjoyed a free meal prepared by students from The Culinary School, a cooking demonstration from the Food Bank of Delaware’s Community Nutrition Educator, face painting, activities, the Food Bank’s mobile greenhouse and a visit from the USDA Eat Smart Live Strong Power Panther.

Giant Food and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church volunteers were on hand to assist with the fun.

IMG_1089“Giant has been such a committed supporter of our vision of a community free of hunger,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “One in five Delaware children live in poverty. Here in Sussex County, 19.6 percent of children are considered food insecure. We all must work together to meet the needs of our children. The Food Bank of Delaware is committed to doing whatever it can do to alleviate hunger for our children.”

At the conclusion of the event, families also received a 30-pound meal box, eggs and fresh produce.

Meals are available at Burton Village Monday-Friday. Breakfast is served from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., and lunch is available 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Starting July 12, meal service will coincide with the Sussex County Bookmobile visit every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. through August 16.

Free summer meals are available up and down the state thanks to the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. To find meals, families are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or text FOOD to 877-877. A searchable map is also available by visiting http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

 

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