Food Bank of Delaware Marks Construction Milestone with Topping Out Ceremony

February 24, 2023

The Food Bank of Delaware celebrated a major milestone today with the topping out ceremony of its new 67,000-square-foot facility in Milford. This construction tradition marked the completion of the structural frame of the building.

Attendees signed their names on the beam as is tradition before it was hoisted into place by a crane. The beam was adorned with an American flag and a tree, symbolizing the completion of the structural phase and the future growth of the building.

“In addition to marking this milestone, this time-honored construction tradition also provides an opportunity for us to recognize the hard work and dedication of the workers who have made this project a reality,” said Building Hope in Milford Capital Campaign Chairman Steve Thompson. “Kudos to the team who is working diligently to keep this project under budget and on time – and most importantly making it possible for us to change lives as a result of this new facility.”

The new facility is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2023.

“This is more than just a building – it symbolizes hope for so many,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Cathy Kanefsky. “We do more than provide food, we provide hope for a better tomorrow. It is why this project is so important. This building will allow us to not only distribute food, but help our neighbors find long-term economic stability through job skills training, financial coaching and more.”

To date, the Food Bank of Delaware has raised more than $20 million for the $34 million project. Those who have donated more than $10,000 to the project include:

  • Swank Family Foundation
  • State of Delaware
  • Barclays Bank
  • City of Milford
  • Perdue
  • Wills Group
  • Highmark Blue Cross
  • Welfare Foundation
  • The Happy Difference Foundation
  • Masonic Charities
  • Kent County
  • WSFS
  • Bank of America
  • M&T Bank
  • Corteva
  • GrowMark
  • Discover Card
  • Atlantis Fund
  • Dave Wilson
  • Ruth Mayer
  • Steve and Shelly Thompson
  • Tucker Norton
  • Chad Robinson
  • The Kanefsky Family

To learn more about the Building Hope in Milford capital campaign, visit



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