January 17, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – Catholic Charities Inc. again asks all its communities to “Stock the Pantry” by contributing nonperishable food goods in order for the agency to meet the continued high demand for emergency food distributions.
The food drive will continue throughout the month of February 2018. Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards at Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.
“The holiday season of giving has just passed, but hunger for many of the families in our communities is a daily occurrence,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities Executive Director. “One in five residents in our Diocese don’t have a secure source of food. Families should not have to choose between making a rent, mortgage or utility payment and buying food. The donations of food that we receive from our neighbors help us meet the demand we see every day.”
Catholic Charities coordinates food cooperative programs at its Thrift Center in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton, and at Seton Center in Princess Anne, Maryland. Residents can apply for membership in the programs by contacting the location closest to them: the Thrift Center at 302-764-2717, Casa San Francisco at 302-684-8694, or Seton Center at 410-651-9608. For those in crisis in need of food, Casa and Seton Center operate emergency food pantries.
Currently, Catholic Charities serves over 3,000 households each year through all programs.
In addition to nonperishable food and grocery store gift cards, Catholic Charities will also accept monetary donations in order to purchase additional food to fill bags for the food distribution programs. Each distribution is valued at $50. To make an online monetary donation, visit Catholic Charities’ website, www.cdow.org/charities and click the DONATE button. Under “Please designate my gift to the following ministry” choose Food Assistance.
Catholic Charities will accept donations at its locations Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm.