Sussex grants $750,000 to Food Bank of Delaware

Funding comes from county’s last round of American Rescue Plan Act allotment
April 9, 2024

Sussex County Council awarded $750,000 to Food Bank of Delaware from its remaining American Rescue Plan Act funding during its March 19 meeting.

The grant will be 100% directed to purchasing food to stock the shelves at its Milford facility to be distributed to those in need in Sussex County.

“Sussex County has a long track record of helping those in need, whether that’s through offering tax-assistance programs, or with the annual Caroling on The Circle food drive each holiday season,” said Council President Mike Vincent. “We are proud to continue these efforts with this award, which will make tremendous strides in supporting the Food Bank of Delaware’s mission to put food on the table and help strengthen our communities.”

The food bank held a ribbon cutting Jan. 15 to open its new $34 million, 70,000-square-foot facility in Milford, which is nearly three times the size of the old building.

Among the new features are increased warehouse and cold storage space, a food pantry, a volunteer room for workers to pack and sort donations, classroom and meeting space, garden space to grow fresh foods, and an on-site café that will also serve as a culinary training program known as the Kitchen School.

Food Bank of Delaware collects and distributes food and furthers distribution efforts with a variety of partners. Founded in 1977, FBD also has a facility in Newark.

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