Food Assistance

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Catholic Charities runs several types of food programs based at four of its sites the Thrift Center in Wilmington, the Kent County Office in Dover, Casa San Francisco in Milford, and Seton Center in Princess Anne.

HOW WE HELP

Food Cooperatives

The Food Cooperative program helps families and individuals stretch their limited incomes by providing a supplemental bag of groceries monthly. With the help of the Food Bank of Delaware and the Maryland Food Bank, club members receive nutritious, meal-ready products for a fraction of retail value. Members also receive educational materials, recipes, and shopping tips. Food cooperatives are located at the Thrift Center, Kent County Office, Casa San Francisco, and Seton Center.

Emergency Food Pantries

Emergency food pantries are located at Casa San Francisco and Seton Center. Staffed by volunteers and stocked with donated food and USDA commodities, the pantry provides 3-4 days of food for persons who are in crisis and cannot buy food.

HOW TO GET HELP

Call the closest office to you to schedule an appointment.

Thrift Center
1320 E 23rd Street
Wilmington DE 19802
302-764-2717

Kent County Office
2099 S DuPont Highway
Dover DE 19901
302-674-1600

Casa San Francisco
127 Broad Street
PO Box 38
Milton, DE 19968
302-684-8694

Seton Center
30632 Hampden Avenue
PO Box 401
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-9608

Click here to send an email for information about our Food Assistance programs.

Click here for a list of documents you must bring to your first appointment.

Click here to download and print an application to complete and bring to your first appointment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The food cooperatives and food pantries welcome volunteers of all ages. Volunteers bag groceries for distribution, and stock the shelves with donated goods. Call the location you want to help to see what current opportunities are available. Volunteers must apply and be interviewed prior to begin work.

  • Make a donation of food. Each location has the ability to store perishable and non-perishable food items. When your supermarket is having a “Buy one, get one free” sale, donate that free item to Catholic Charities. Please call ahead to make arrangements if you plan to donate perishable items such as produce or frozen meat.
  • Organize a food drive. Ask your family, neighbors, church, or civic group to donate nonperishable and shelf-stable food items.

Donation Suggestions:

  • Canned goods like spaghetti, tuna, salmon, beef stew, corned beef hash, beans, soups, vegetables and fruit
  • Boxes of pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice, mashed potatoes, crackers, cereal, oatmeal, and pancake mix
  • Jars of peanut butter and jelly
  • Juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa mix, instant breakfasts
  • Shelf-stable milk – either dry or evaporated
  • Condiments: spreads, ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue sauce, pickles and pancake syrup
  • Baby food, baby cereal
  • Grocery store gift cards

Click here to donate to our food distribution efforts using a credit card. You may also send a check to Catholic Charities, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, and designate Food Distribution on the check.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.