JPMorgan Chase launched a donation program in November 2020 to provide monetary relief for minority-owned restaurants in Wilmington that have struggled throughout the pandemic, among them Carmen’s Kitchen, Grapes Real Jamaican Cuisine and Zoup. In addition, funds raised also went toward meals that were distributed to those in need in the community. Local organizations supported by Chase helped spread the word, expanding meal donations to such organizations as the Latin American Community Center (LACC), Downtown Visions, the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, and local fire and police departments. The weekly relief efforts have helped feed over 1,200 people since the program launched.
The Food Bank of Delaware’s Healthy Pantry Center, in accordance with the Food Bank of Delaware, has also distributed emergency food to the public. With drive-up locations in Newark and Milford, the center provides assistance to participants every two weeks.
ChristianaCare and Lutheran Community Services are also bringing change to the First State through the Food Farmacy program, which launched in New Castle County in early 2020 to help residents fight food insecurity and get assistance with medical needs and financial burdens. Meals for an entire family are delivered each week, consisting of fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, canned goods and more.
Highlighting the integral role farmers play in distributing nutritious foods to the community and beyond, the Delaware Council on Farm and Food Policy has two objectives: create opportunities for local communities to gain access to sufficient resources, and connect Delaware’s farmers with viable markets.