Council Member Darius Brown and the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD)

Council Member Darius Brown and the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) Urge Citizens to Take Action During Hunger Action Month FBD’s Mobile Pantry Assisted Citizens Today in the City’s Third District

Wilmington City Council Member Darius J. Brown (D?3rd District) was joined today by staff and?volunteers of the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD) for the distribution of food to 3rd District?residents from the FBD’s Mobile Food Pantry. Council Member Brown hosted the event as part?of Hunger Action Month which is commemorated during the month of September. The mobile?pantry delivers more than 650,000 pounds of good nutrition – nearly 780,000 meals– to the?hungry citizens each year during a period when the need has never been greater.

Hunger Action Month brings together the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks?to urge citizens to take action in their communities to fight hunger and poverty. Council?Member Brown said this national movement could have a real and lasting effect on the mission?to help end hunger in America if people take what they learn during September and practice it?throughout the year. In Delaware, individuals, charities, businesses and government are?partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware during September to demonstrate that everyone?has a role to play in providing food to those in need.

Council Member Brown has been a staunch advocate for creating pathways out of poverty and?addressing the food needs of constituents in the Third District. The Council Member is also?asking concerned citizens to join him next week, from September 16 through 20, in taking the?Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Challenge by spending only $4.50 per day?for all of their daily needs. This is the national average amount of money that a person on food?stamps has at their disposal each day to buy food.

Thirty families received a variety of food at today’s event held at Westside Family Healthcare on?East 16th Street. The FBD’s 30?foot mobile pantry vehicle has both dry and cold storage?capability allowing for the distribution of fresh and nutritious foods. The sides of the truck roll?up and an awning provides shade for participants as they walk through the pantry choosing?foods best suited for their household. The mobile pantry program also provides nutrition?education sessions for citizens prior to the distribution of food. Every household receiving food?must participate in an education session which can also include information about healthcare,?financial literacy and more.