Help make the holiday season bright for families in need this year. The Food Bank of Delaware is asking for the public’s assistance in making sure that no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups are encouraged to organize food drives throughout the holiday season.

Organizations who are interested in hosting a food drive may fill out the below food drive form.

We are in need of:

  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Canned vegetables
  • Breakfast items
  • Pudding
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits
  • Evaporated milk
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Applesauce
  • Coffee/tea bags
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Canned gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Frozen turkeys and hams (must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses)

Please note, the Food Bank of Delaware cannot accept hard candy, lollipops, soda in cans and bottles, chocolate bars or pieces, gum and soft candy such as marshmallows, caramels, taffy, licorice and gummy items.

Those who collect more than 20 boxes/bags of donated food may make arrangements with the Food Bank of Delaware to have donations picked up. In an effort to save money on transportation costs, the food bank asks that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off at our facilities or statewide drop-off locations:

Food Bank of Delaware – Newark
222 Lake Drive
Newark, DE  19702
(302) 292-1305
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.;

Food Bank of Delaware – Milford
1040 Mattlind Way
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-3301
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Food Drive Organization Kit
Food Drive Shopping List
Donate Food Here Sign for Boxes or Barrels

To arrange for barrel delivery/pick up, please fill out the form below. Requests must be received 3 working days prior to the delivery/pickup date. If you do not receive a confirmation screen once your form is complete, please contact Kim Turner by emailing The last day for holiday food drive pick ups is December 18. Please note, we do not drop off or pick up barrels on Saturdays or Sundays unless prior arrangements have been made.

Food Drives

  • Please include:
    Street Name
    State, City and Zip Code
  • If you collect more than 20 boxes or bags, we will schedule pickup of your donation. If you collect less than 20 boxes/bags we kindly ask that you drop off to a drop-off location to help reduce our transportation costs.
  • Please include:
    Street Name
    State, City and Zip Code