The Food Bank of Delaware recently reminded the community that the hunger-relief organization and many of its network partners can accept fresh produce donations.

More than 114,000 Delawareans depend on the Food Bank of Delaware’s network of hunger-relief partners for emergency food services each year.

About 66.5 percent of Delaware families in need of food assistance cope with food insecurity by purchasing food that is unhealthy because it is inexpensive, according to Feeding America’s Hunger in America study. Food insecure adults are at a 50 percent greater risk for developing diabetes and a 20 percent greater risk of developing hypertension than other food secure adults.

“Ensuring that food insecure Delawareans have access to fresh, nutritious produce is a priority at the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “Research shows that clients want healthier foods from food pantries. We are doing all that we can to help get healthier foods into the hands of those that need it most.”

In 2016, the Food Bank of Delaware received more than 2.2 million pounds of produce from wholesalers, the port of Wilmington, farmers and backyard gardeners. This year, the Food Bank is hoping to exceed that amount.

Produce may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the hunger-relief organization’s warehouses in Newark, 14 Garfield Way, or Milford, 1040 Mattlind Way. A list of other hunger-relief partners may be found at fbd.org/produce.

For information about donating fresh produce to the Food Bank, contact swoods@fbd.org or 424-3301, ext 114.