Thanksgiving Food Drives a bus driving down a city street

Food Bank, DART kick off Thanksgiving food drives

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Thanksgiving Food Drives a bus driving down a city street

DART’s Stuff the Bus Food Drive and the Food Bank of Delaware have announced the start of their Thanksgiving food drives.

With 45 days to go, two of Delaware’s biggest Thanksgiving food drives have kicked off.

The Food Bank of Delaware and DART’s Stuff the Bus announced the details of their drives Monday.

The Food Bank said it expects demand for Thanksgiving food to be high this year because of the costs of inflation and threats of recession.

“More than 100,000 of our Delaware neighbors have difficulties affording food,” said Cathy Kanefsky, CEO of the Food Bank. “No family deserves to go without a hot holiday meal. Our community can help us bring hope this season by hosting an in-person food drive or an online fundraiser to help us purchase food. Together, we can all brighten the holiday season for our neighbors in need.”

The 2022 Thanksgiving Stuff the Bus campaign hopes to raise 25 tons of food for the Food Bank. It asks shoppers to help fill buses at grocery stores around the state.’

Why Thanksgiving food drives?

According to the Delaware Authority for Regional Transport:

  • More than 112,000 Delawareans, including more than 38,600 children, are food insecure.
  • Delaware’s child food insecurity rate is 19%, which is a 2% increase from last year.
  • The Senior Nutrition Program distributed 18,410 meals to over of 2,200 low-income seniors every month.
  • The Backpack Program provided more than 172,270 bags of food to 5,500 kids during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • The School Pantry Program stocks 46 in-school food pantries and has distributed 128,773 pounds of food.

Food meant to be distributed at Thanksgiving should be delivered to the Food Bank by Thursday, Nov. 10.

Items delivered after that will be distributed during the rest of the holiday season.

The Food Bank program

The Food Bank invites donors to support the Thanksgiving drive by hosting an online fundraiser or by hosting an in-person food drive.

An online food fundraiser raises money for the Food Bank to purchase items that are most in need. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank of Delaware can provide three meals to Delawareans in need, according to a press release, because of its buying power.

Individuals and businesses interested in conducting physical food drives may use their own boxes or pick up cardboard collection barrels from the Food Bank. Donations  should be delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark at 222 Lake Drive or and Milford at 1040 Mattlind Way on Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Food Bank said it needs these items most:

  • Applesauce
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Cold cereals
  • Pudding mix
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Graham cracker pie crust
  • Canned gravy
  • Rice
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Hearty soups
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Canned sweet potatoes and yams
  • Canned peas and green beans
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Hot chocolate
  • Coffee and tea
  • Evaporated milk
  • Turkey pans
  • Frozen turkeys (must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses).

Find more infomation at or contact Sue DeNardo at [email protected].

25 years of Stuff the Bus

DART will be marking its 25th year of collecting food with this year’s Nov. 7-12 event.

“It’s a wonderful example of how DelDOT gives back to the state we serve,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski in a press release. “I am especially grateful to the numerous DelDOT and DART employees who have supported the Food Bank over the past several years with three added COVID-relief Stuff the Bus events and the numerous mobile pantry events held across the state as demand grew through the pandemic.

“I’m proud to say that DART’s Stuff The Bus is making an impact,” said John Sisson, CEO of Delaware Transit Corp. “Since the beginning in 1998, DART has collected 264 tons of food, that’s 528,000 pounds.”

Find the buses here:

Monday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Safeway, 19283 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach
  • Walmart, at 705 Middletown Warwick Road, Middletown, a new Stuff the Bus location.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Walmart, 939 N. DuPont Blvd., Milford
  • Safeway, 190 John Hunn Brown Road, Dover

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • ShopRite of First State Plaza, 1600 W. Newport Pike, Stanton
  • Walmart, Sussex Plaza Shopping Center, 22899 Sussex Highway, Seaford , a new Stuff the Bus location

Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. -5 p.m.

  • Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington

Friday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • ShopRite of Brandywine Commons, 1300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington
  • ShopRite of Four Seasons, 700 Plaza Drive, Newark

DART said it is seeking

  • Cornflakes
  • Cheerios
  • Oatmeal
  • Raisin Bran
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • Evaporated milk
  • Coffee/tea bags
  • Applesauce
  • Pancake mix
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Pasta
  • Beef stew
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna (in water)
  • Canned salmon
  • Canned chicken
  • Pork & beans
  • Canned sweet potatoes
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned gravy
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Canned beans
  • Dry beans
  • Soup/stews
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Cooking/vegetable oils
  • Granola bars
  • Laundry detergents
  • Paper products
  • Diapers
  • Personal care
  • Pet food

DART notes that the Food Bank cannot accept hard candy, lollipops, soda in cans and bottles, chocolate bars or pieces, gum and soft candy such as marshmallows.

For “Stuff The Bus” 2022 information, go to or call 1-800-652-DART.

More campaigns

Caroling on the Circle: Sussex County will mount its traditional collection of canned food as part of its Dec. 5 Caroling on the Circle. The drive asks county residents to “Pack the Pod” – a 14-foot by 7-foot portable storage shed  set up at The Circle – with food items for local food pantries. Since the drive began in the 1980s, it has collected 775,000 items. Donations can be dropped off starting now through the end of December.

WSFS Fall Food Drive: WSFS will accept nonperishable food items at their branch offices through Dec. 31 in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


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