May 30, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington again asks all its communities to “Stock the Pantry” by contributing nonperishable food goods for households struggling to put food on their tables.
The food drive will continue throughout the month of June 2018. Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards at Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.
“This month, families shift their focus to summer vacations and enjoying the warm weather. Howard hunger doesn’t take a vacation,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities Executive Director. “One in five residents in our Diocese doesn’t have a secure source of food and live day-to-day having to choose between making a rent, mortgage or utility payment or 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.