There may not be Caroling on The Circle this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Sussex County officials are still conducting their annual food drive and plan to Pack the Pod, a decorated storage unit on The Circle. Through Dec. 31, the county will collect donated nonperishable items to distribute among nearly 20 food pantries serving Sussex County residents. This year’s campaign includes two options:
• Food donations can be made anytime, 24 hours a day, outside the county administrative offices, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Receptacles, including a 14-by-7-foot portable storage unit, will be placed outside the building, allowing the public to make no-contact drops throughout the holiday season. Staff will routinely collect items and Pack the Pod before delivering food to pantries.
• Monetary contributions will be used to purchase food items through local suppliers to distribute among local pantries. Checks should be made payable to Sussex County Council and mailed to Sussex County Government, c/o County Administration, PO Box 589, Georgetown, DE 19947. Donors should note Caroling on The Circle/Pack the Pod food drive in the memo line.
In 2019, the food drive collected more than 28,000 items for various organizations. Since its inception in the 1980s, the drive has garnered more than 750,000 items for local families.
For more information, visit sussexcountyde.gov/food-drive.