Beechers Lot Food Drive December 2009

Beechers Lot homeowners,
Food Bank of Delaware collection bins are now available for your donations. BLMC will be collecting and dropping off all donations to the Food Bank of Delaware on Wednesday morning 12/23/2009, so please be sure to have all donations in by the evening of Tuesday 12/22/2009.
Collection bin locations, front porches of the following homes.
9 Verdant, Thank you Robinson Family!
17 Danvers, Thank you Phillips Family!
38 Danvers, Thank you Machenheimer Family!
Thank you,


Hello Beechers Lot homeowners,


I know at this time of year we are very busy with preparing for the holidays with family and friends. But as we all know this economy has pushed local services like the Food Bank of Delaware beyond normal needs to fulfill. It would be nice if we as a community could help with our own food drive. We did this earlier this year and it was greatly appreciated but given the time of year and the needs of others who are less fortunate at this time of year BLMC will be organizing a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware again. More details to follow this week.


Thank you,




December 14, 2009

Food Bank pleas for more donations

The News Journal

With donations down in the hard economy, the Food Bank of Delaware today issued a plea for help.

President and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Beebe announced that donations to this year’s holiday food drive are 24,313 pounds less than last year -- and need continues to rise.

The nonprofit, which for years has distributed food to more than 90,000 needy residents a year through member agencies and feeding sites, plans to release new Delaware hunger statistics next month.

“It’s up dramatically,” Beebe said.

Many Delawareans “continue to be generous with their volunteer time, money and food,” she said, but the significant shortfall in donations is raising concerns, Beebe said.

“More Delawareans are out of work and more families and individuals are lining up for emergency food assistance,” she said. “Whether you can donate just a few cans or several bags full, every little bit helps to feed hungry Delawareans.”

The food bank also issued a plea for businesses, schools, faith- and community-based groups to hold food drives to help bridge the gap.

The food bank has tips, posters and other help for holding food drives at Financial donations also are accepted at

The most-needed foods include tuna fish and other canned meats, peanut butter, hearty soups, dried beans, canned fruit and vegetables, hot and cold boxed cereals, pasta and macaroni-and-cheese, long-grain rice, turkey gravy, instant mashed potatoes, pancake mix, cranberry sauce, pasta sauce and seasoned stuffing mix.

Anyone can drop off tax-deductible donations of nonperishable foods, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Food Bank of Delaware sites near Newark – at 14 Garfield Way in Delaware Industrial Park off Del. 72 between Chestnut Hill Road and Old Baltimore Pike – or its Milford facility at 1041 Mattlind Way.

Tax-deductible donations also may be sent to Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE 19713 or made online at

For more information, including volunteer opportunities, call 292-1305.

Volunteering to aid the less fortunate also provides an opportunity for the unemployed to “keep their head in the game and have a positive answer to give in job interviews when people ask what they have been doing with their time,” Beebe said, and “it makes you more positive.”

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