The Food Bank of Delaware recently kicked off its annual Thanksgiving For All food and funds drive.

The hunger-relief organization is seeking community’s assistance in collecting food items and monetary donations to create 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for Delaware families in need.

To help fill the boxes, the Food Bank 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 community groups are encouraged to organize food drives. Food for the Thanksgiving boxes must be received by Nov. 2. Holiday food received after that time will be distributed to the Food Bank’s network of Hunger-Relief Program Partners.

Items needed include canned sweet potatoes, canned peas, canned corn, evaporated milk, canned pumpkin, applesauce, coffee/tea bags, corn muffin mix, canned gravy, mashed potatoes, graham cracker crust, turkey pan and frozen turkeys; turkeys must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses.

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. To save money on transportation costs, the Food Bank suggested that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off at the Newark facility, 14 Garfield Way; or Milford facility, 1040 Mattlind Way. Facility hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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