DOVER – The Kent County Department of Public Safety will be collecting food donations at its 11th annual “Thanksgiving for Everyone” Food Drive on Wednesday, Nov. 9, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in front of Redner’s Warehouse Markets at 25 Greentree Drive in Dover.
According to Feeding America’s 2020 stats, Delaware’s overall food insecure population is 93,900, but Kent County has the highest percentage of that figure at 12.5%. Statewide, 1 in 10 people face hunger, while 1 in 7 children are food insecure.
Donations help the Food Bank of Delaware provide Thanksgiving meals for Delaware families in need.
With that in mind, Public Safety staff is hoping to top last year’s collection, which was a record-breaking year.
“This is a great opportunity to partner with our community to help those less fortunate during the holiday season,” said John Tinger, assistant director of public safety.
A paramedic truck will be weighed before and after the food drive. Donations will be delivered to the food bank the following morning after the truck is packed.
The following items are needed: canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, evaporated milk, canned pumpkin, canned fruit, juice, corn muffin mix, mashed potatoes, gravy or any other non-perishable item that will ensure a good Thanksgiving meal for a needy family.
For a complete list of the foods acceptable for donation, go to www.fbd.org.