As unemployment checks change, will more line up at Food Bank mobile pantries?

Food Bank of Delaware

The Food Bank of Delaware is seeking volunteers for its three mobile pantries in August. Photo courtesy of Delaware National Guard.

Food Bank of Delaware organizers are wondering whether a change in federal unemployment checks will mean more people at the drive-thru mobile pantries scheduled the first week of August.

“We know that the additional $600 in unemployment benefits has been a lifeline for so many Delawareans,” Kim Turner said.

The Food Bank has credited that federal payment — set to expire this week — as one reason the numbers of people have dropped dropped each month at its food giveaways.

“We are waiting to hear about the next round of stimulus and what will happen with unemployment benefits,” Turner said. “If this additional money stops, we expect that many more Delawareans will be in need of emergency food assistance.”

The Food Bank is prepared to serve 1,500 households at each site.

The number of households served by the mobile pantries has been dropping since they peaked in April: March, 4,596 households (765,632 pounds of food); April, 5,935 households (279,229 pounds); May, 4,796 households (286,177 pounds); June, 2,337 households (247,945 pounds).

The Delaware National Guard will not be assisting with the August distributions, and the Food Bank is seeking volunteers in all three counties. To help, use the links below under each site.

Service for those picking up food will be first-come, first-served. Assistance is limited to one per household.

 

The Food Bank asks participants to register in advance if possible. On-site registration will also be available. Recipients must bring proof of ID and Delaware residency.

The Food Bank also asks those in line to be sure their trunks or back seats are cleared out so volunteers can load food with minimal interaction. Public restrooms will not be available.

Here’s where to find the mobile pantries.

 

Sussex County

When: Monday, Aug. 3. 11 a.m.

Where: Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown

Register in advance: AugSussexCountyFood.eventbrite.com

Sign up to volunteer: https://fbd.volunteerhub.com/event/index/12340271

 

New Castle County

When: Wednesday, Aug. 5. 11 a.m. 

Where: Glasgow High School, 1901 South College Avenue, Newark

Register in advance: AugNewCastleCountyFood.eventbrite.com

Sign up to volunteer: https://fbd.volunteerhub.com/event/index/12340054

 

Kent County

When: Friday, Aug. 7. 11 a.m.

Where: Dover International Speedway, 1131 North Dupont Highway, Dover

Register in advance: AugKentCountyFood.eventbrite.com 

Sign up to volunteer: https://fbd.volunteerhub.com/event/index/12340350


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