Thanks to a generous $15,000 donation from Chesapeake Utilities, the Food Bank of Delaware distributed 550 holiday meal boxes to hungry Delawareans from sites in Georgetown, Harrington, and Dover last week.
Chesapeake staff – and their families – helped pack these boxes, and then came out in full force despite cold, damp weather to load cars, direct traffic, plus wish people “Happy Thanksgiving” with a smile.
This program is called “Thanksgiving For All.”
Chesapeake employees’ helping hands made the distribution flow like clockwork.
Families who participated in Chesapeake Utilities’ distribution were identified by Food Bank of Delaware partner organizations in Kent and Sussex Counties.
In addition to the 550 meal boxes sponsored by Chesapeake, 1,100 meal boxes were distributed on Friday to local organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others who serve those in need.
Holiday meal boxes included a turkey plus the fixings – side dishes, like cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, a dessert, and even a roasting pan.
This outreach would not be possible without generous corporate sponsorships from Chesapeake Utilities, Bank of America, First State Orthopedics, Palmer Home Foundation, Chase, Communities in Schools, Dover Police Department and Trinity Logistics.
In addition to financial support, community food drives also helped to stock the holiday boxes. Since October 1, the Food Bank has received more than 77,000 pounds of food from food drives.
Food Bank of Delaware Programs Director Charlotte McGarry says she this year’s Thanksgiving For All was a success.
“We have received great feedback from several partners thanking us for not only the opportunity to assist their families, but also the quality of the product and service received,” she said. “We are grateful to our community for making this outreach possible.”