Food Lion, the Delaware State Fair and the Food Bank of Delaware announced today that the sixth annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” will take place on Monday, July 24 at the Delaware State Fair.
Fair attendees who bring five Food Lion brand canned or boxed goods will in exchange receive free gate admittance to the Delaware State Fair from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Monday, July 24. This community effort is part of the sixth annual “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” at the Delaware State Fair.
“At Food Lion, we believe no one should have to choose between dinner and paying rent or gasoline and buying groceries,” said Bob Mills, Food Lion’s execution and implementation specialist for the Delaware market. “That’s why we’re so passionate about helping to end hunger in our local communities. We know the community’s help from past events has helped us to feed people in Delaware who otherwise would have to make those tough choices.”
Donations received through this year’s effort will assist families in Kent and Sussex Counties struggling to put food on the table. More than 43,000 residents of Kent and Sussex counties are considered food insecure, meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.
“It’s hard to believe we are already in our sixth year of Food Lion Feeds Day at the Delaware State Fair. Over the past five years, we have collected 110,501 meals for residents of Kent and Sussex Counties who are struggling with hunger,” said Food Bank of Delaware Milford Branch Director Chad Robinson. “With the help of our community, we hope to exceed last year’s total and stock our local food pantries with healthy shelf-stable essentials.”
“We have been hard at work preparing for the 2017 Food Lion Hunger Relief Day Food Drive and can’t wait to partner with Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware to help fight hunger in Delaware. Fingers are crossed that the weather will cooperate so we can reach our 25,000 pounds goal set for the 2017 drive,” said Delaware State Fair Assistant General Manager Danny Aguilar.
Volunteers from Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware will accept donations at all gates. No items stored in glass will be accepted. Some of the Food Bank of Delaware’s most-needed items include the following:
- Canned fruits (in light syrup or in its own juices if possible)
- Canned vegetables (low sodium if possible)
- Canned soups (low sodium if possible)
- Tuna fish (in water if possible)
- Peanut butter (low sodium if possible)
- Cereal (whole-grain if possible
- Pasta (whole-grain if possible)
For more information about the Delaware State Fair, please visit www.delawarestatefair.com.