Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington 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 June. Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards at Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours, or at designated diocesan churches.
“The economic reality today is that many of our neighbors are choosing between buying food and making their rent, mortgage or utility payment,” said Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities executive director. “Families should not have to make those types of choices. Rising food costs are forcing families to go hungry. The donations of food that we receive from our neighbors help us meet the demand we are seeing, and we continue to need your support.”
Catholic Charities coordinates food cooperative programs at Bayard House in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton and Seton Center in Princess Anne, Md. Residents can apply for membership in the programs by contacting the location closest to them: Bayard House at 302-654-1184, 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 more than 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.
To make an online monetary donation, visit Catholic Charities’ secure donation site, www.cdow.org/ccdonation.html. Under “Please designate my gift to the following ministry” choose Food Distribution Programs.
Catholic Charities will accept donations at its locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drop off food donations locally at the Sussex County Office, 406 S. Bedford St., Suite 9, Georgetown, 302-856-9578; or Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad St., Milton, 302-684-8694. Casa San Francisco and Bayard House can accept donations seven days a week. Call ahead before making a donation.
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
• Personal hygiene items.