Food Rescue and Distribution Program
Bringing Hot meals to the food insecure in Dover
Access to food is a basic human right and should not be
dependent on class or economic interests.
One in seven Americans is food insecure. Wherever you are, people in your community – friends, family, neighbors, or colleagues – do not have enough to eat. And yet, in the face of this crippling challenge, the volume of food supply thrown away every year is unfathomable. Food insecurity causes poor health, emotional stress, and is a mental burden. It inhibits an adult’s ability to work and a child’s ability to learn. Hunger gnaws at the fabric of family life by forcing impossible choices among food, shelter, and safety. The challenges are clear. More than 50 million Americans are food insecure. More than 40 billion meals are wasted a year.
The solution is simple. We need to work together to rescue would-be wasted food and deliver it to our food insecure neighbors. Wherever you are – and however much time you have –you can play a critical role in rescuing and delivering meals. Whoever you are, you’re in the right place to help end hunger in our community.
In our effort to improve and scale up food rescue and distribution throughout the city of Dover, Port Hope will partner with a wide range of businesses; grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, conference facilities and farms and farmers markets to make sure that edible food reaches hungry neighbors and that pounds of food waste that lands in landfills and dumps is reduced.
We are especially excited to begin a farm to neighbor program to engage a network of farms across the county in a partnership to provide hungry Delawareans with fresh, local produce. Through a combination of field gleanings, donations and contract growing, these farms can help us supply good, nutritious food to food-insecure communities across our county. Farmers across the state can get involved in this program in various ways. Many choose to donate their excess crops to us, others allow volunteers to glean fields after the initial harvest, and still others commit to growing produce just for donation!
We are now rescuing food from Panera and Cheddars weekly with periodical donations from The Outlook at the Duncan Center and the Conference Center at POLYTECH Adult Education. This food is then reheated and served to the folks on Tuesday and Saturday evenings outside the local library. We serve anywhere from 25-40 people and the numbers continue to grow.