Food Bank of Delaware Receives Donation to Support New Milford Facility Through Bank of America’s Employee Booster Initiative
February 10, 2023
To help fight hunger in Delaware, Bank of America donated $50 for each bank employee who recorded a COVID-19 vaccine, booster or flu shot between Sept. 1 and Nov. 23
Bank of America announced a $200,000 donation to support the construction of the Food Bank of Delaware’s new, 67,000 square-foot food-distribution and community-development center in Milford. In Delaware, 93,900 people are facing hunger, and nearly 31,000 of them are children, according to Feeding America. The Food Bank of Delaware is responding to this vital need by expanding its downstate footprint and deepening its ties with the local community.
Bank of America continues to support its employees’ health and safety throughout the pandemic, while also addressing one of the state’s most pressing needs. Last February, the bank announced a $350,000 donation, worth more than 1 million total meals, to the Food Bank of Delaware on behalf of each employee who recorded a COVID-19 booster shot or vaccine in early 2022.
The bank renewed its booster initiative in the fall, pledging another $50 for each employee who registered a new COVID-19 vaccination, booster or flu shot between Sept. 1 and Nov. 23. This second booster campaign also included a $1.5 million contribution to international hunger organizations.
With the help of today’s $200,000 donation, the Food Bank of Delaware will be better positioned to serve the nearly 50,000 residents who are currently experiencing food insecurity in Kent and Sussex Counties. The expanded facility will allow the organization to store and distribute an additional 3.7 million pounds of fresh food, a 114% increase compared to the current output at its Milford branch.
“We are grateful for Bank of America’s investment to help fight food insecurity in Delaware,” said Cathy Kanefsky, President and CEO, Food Bank of Delaware. “Bank of America’s partnership has been crucial in allowing us to meet the increased need for our services caused by the pandemic. This donation enables us to continue growing our downstate services, while also focusing on the long-term recovery of our communities, through job- and skills-based training opportunities that lead to economic growth.”
The Food Bank of Delaware’s new facility will build on existing volunteer and workforce development programs, with an expanded volunteer room, 3.5 acres of outdoor gardening space and an on-site café to provide hands-on training and work experience for students participating in the center’s 14-week culinary training program.
“Food banks and hunger relief organizations continue to experience increased demand and higher costs,” said Chip Rossi, President, Bank of America Delaware. “At Bank of America, we remain committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work by investing in the health, safety and wellbeing of our teammates, while also providing funds to help Food Bank of Delaware and other local organizations fight food insecurity.”
The bank has encouraged staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations since summer 2021 and has offered incentives such as paid time-off and $500 credits towards health benefit premiums. In partnership with local nonprofits, Bank of America has also distributed more than 40.5 million masks, nearly 43,000 cases of hand sanitizer and 12.2 million gloves in local communities as part of its ongoing efforts to address health-related disparities accelerated by the pandemic.
Nationally, the bank has donated nearly $150 million toward hunger relief efforts since 2015.