Food Prescription Pantry Program Draws Volunteers, Seeks Donor
LEWES, Del.- The Food Bank of Delaware's Food Prescription Pantry program helps feed recently discharged patients from Beebe Hospital.
On the second Wednesday of each month, volunteers gather to stuff heart healthy food boxes and supply them to food insecure patients. The program feeds about 33-35 families a month and includes delivery for those who cannot leave their homes.
"It's the best part of my week to be able to come here and check in on our families," says volunteer Reber Whitner. "Make sure they are okay and that we are able to just give them a little helping hand."
Whitner is part of a group of volunteers from the Epworth United Methodist Church and the Seaside Jewish Community. The group is participating in a food drive with Beebe and the Food Bank of Delaware on May 8th. The Food Bank of Delaware says it costs about $15,000 a year to run the program, and they're searching for a donor.
Catherine Murphy with Beebe says the program's benefits are far more than just physical.
"By going out you are not just feeding them as a person, you are touching them on a human level with just the attention and the spirituality," she says. "That somebody cares about these people."
To learn more about the program, visit the Food Bank of Delaware's website.