Catholic Charities food drive to run through February

January 28, 2018

Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington asks all its communities to help Stock the Pantry by contributing nonperishable food goods so the agency can meet the continued high demand for emergency food distributions. The food drive will continue through February. 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 doesn'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 a food cooperative program locally at Casa San Francisco in Milton. To apply for the program, call 302-684-8694. Casa also operates an emergency food pantry.

Currently, Catholic Charities serves over 3,000 households each year through all its food assistance programs.

In addition to nonperishable food items 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, go to, click the donate button, and designate that the gift go toward food assistance.

Catholic Charities will accept donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Sussex County office, 404 S. Bedford St., Suite 9, Georgetown, or Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad St., Milton.

Suggested items for donation include nonperishable and shelf-stable items. Catholic Charities needs the following items: canned meats (chicken, tuna, salmon), vegetables and fruit; canned meals (soup, chili, stew, corned beef hash); dried and canned beans; boxes of pasta, macaroni and cheese, crackers, cereal, oatmeal, and pancake mix; jars of peanut butter and jelly; juices, coffee, tea, hot cocoa mix, instant breakfasts; shelf-stable milk - canned, dry, evaporated, or UHT fluid milk in aseptic containers; baby food and cereal; condiments like spreads, ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue sauce, pickles and syrup; cleaning products; and personal hygiene items.