Rent, electricity, gas, medicine or food - which of these could a person live without? This is the question facing many of the people who come to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington each day for help.
More than 2,100 families receive food during the year from the safety net provided by Catholic Charities Food Assistance program. They are people’s neighbors, coworkers and relatives.
February is Stock the Pantry month for Catholic Charities, and once again, the organization seeks community support for the households who depend on it for food. Donations accepted during regular business hours include nonperishable food, cleaning products, personal hygiene items, diapers of all sizes, grocery store gift cards and cash.
“No family should go hungry,” said Richelle Vible, Catholic Charities executive director. “Membership in our food programs continues to climb. Compounding that strain is the diminished inventory of food we usually receive through donations. Our neighbors need our support.”
Locally, Catholic Charities coordinates food cooperative programs at Casa San Francisco at 127 Broad St., Milton and its Sussex County Office at 406 S. Bedford St., Suite 9, Georgetown.
Casa San Francisco operates an emergency food pantry for those in crisis. Those in need must bring a photo identification card and information about the household income.
Area residents can apply for membership in a food cooperative by making an appointment with a basic needs case manager. In Sussex County, call 302-856-9578. For emergency food pantry hours, call Casa San Francisco at 302-684-8694.
To donate online, go to www.ccwilm.org/donate. Nonperishable donations items may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Milton or Georgetown locations.
Catholic Charities needs the following suggested items for donation: canned goods like tuna, chicken, beef stew, corned beef hash, beans, soups, vegetables, fruit and spaghetti; boxes of pasta, macaroni and cheese, crackers, cereal, oatmeal and pancake mix; jars of peanut butter and jelly; juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa mix, instant breakfasts and shelf-stable milk - powdered or evaporated; baby food and cereal; and condiments like spreads, ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue sauce, pickles and syrup.
Catholic Charities, the charitable arm of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has been serving those in need for over 189 years, offering a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.