Food Bank of Delaware holiday food drive goes virtual

October 9, 2020

Amid the pandemic, the Food Bank of Delaware announced today that its annual holiday food drive has gone virtual.

To maximize resources, ensure driver and donor safety and collect much needed resources for Delawareans struggling with hunger, this new interactive virtual food drive fundraising tool will allow donors to create a personalized virtual food drive page and invite friends, family or coworkers to donate.

Thanks to the Food Bank of Delaware’s wholesale purchasing power and efficient distribution model, food donations through the virtual food are stretched even further. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide three meals to Delawareans in need.

“We are excited to launch our new virtual food drive,” said Food Bank of Delaware Interim CEO Sanjay Malik. “The virtual holiday food drive will allow us to be efficient with our resources. Traditional food drives are an expensive undertaking and take an immense amount of staff and transportation resources. The virtual food will allow us to address our most urgent food needs, while preserving valuable staff and transportation resources to conduct more food distributions directly to the community.”

The new virtual food drive mirrors an online shopping experience where shoppers can select food items and place them in a shopping cart to check out and make a secure tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank.

To host a virtual food drive, please visit

For individuals and businesses interested in conducting physical food drives, donations may be delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark (222 Lake Drive) and Milford (1040 Mattlind Way) Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (due to the pandemic, collection barrel and donation pickup will not be available this year)

Most-needed items include:

  • Applesauce
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Cold cereals
  • Pudding mix
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Graham cracker pie crust
  • Canned gravy
  • Rice
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Hearty soups
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Canned sweet potatoes and yams
  • Canned peas and green beans
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Hot chocolate
  • Coffee and tea
  • Evaporated milk
  • Turkey pans
  • Frozen turkeys (must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses)

Contact-free donation zones have been set up at both the Newark and Milford facilities. Newark donors may drop off nonperishable donations to collection boxes set up under the Food Bank barn on the far side of the front parking lot, and Milford donors may drop off to the collection box by the door marked donations and agency pick-ups.

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