Food Bank of Delaware receives grant from Bank of America to help alleviate hunger

July 21, 2021

The Food Bank of Delaware, a local non-profit organization working towards a community free of hunger, has received a $100,000 grant from Bank of America.

The grant will help fund the Food Bank of Delaware’s Mobile Pantry and Backpack programs while improving economic mobility. The Mobile Pantry truck comes filled with non-perishables, fresh produce, dairy, beverages and other refrigerated and frozen items. The truck visits community access points throughout the state, and volunteers help distribute food to families in need. The Backpack Program provides food year-round to children in need for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available.

“The pandemic shed a light on just how many of our neighbors are one lost paycheck away from needing the assistance of the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Cathy Kanefsky. “Unfortunately, far too many struggled before the pandemic, but thanks to the commitment of partners like Bank of America, we are able to provide nutritious foods to our neighbors in need so that no Delawarean is forced to skip a meal. We appreciate Bank of America’s generous award and continued support of the community.”

The grant is part of Bank of America’s philanthropic giving efforts in local communities. Awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing basic needs and workforce development for individuals and families, in particular during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Facing increased need throughout the pandemic, the Food Bank of Delaware has stepped up to ensure Delaware families have access to nourishing meals and other resources,” said Chip Rossi, President of Bank of America Delaware. “As many families and individuals continue to face challenges, the Food Bank’s work is vital in ensuring our neighbors are fed and have access to everyday necessities.”

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