In this season of giving, Dover International Speedway employees received a first-hand look at the size and scope of the hunger issue in Delaware.
As part of their quarterly employee meeting, nearly 50 Dover International Speedway employees spent part of Friday, Dec. 18 volunteering at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch.
Working in two assembly line formations for approximately three hours, the team produced 12,960 meals for 3,240 children in Kent and Sussex counties.
Overall, Speedway employees packaged almost 10,000 pounds of food during their visit. Each individual package included milk, juice, macaroni, beans and oatmeal.
“All of us are blessed to be in the positions we’re in, and to think that there are children right in our own community who are doing without one of the basic necessities is sobering,” said Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway.
Lyndsay Humphreys, a Food Bank of Delaware volunteer coordinator, said more than 20 percent of Delaware children are under threat from hunger each day.
“Hunger is a year-round problem,” Humphreys said. “If it wasn’t for volunteer groups, we couldn’t do what we do.”
The Food Bank of Delaware distributes food through a network of more than 600 Hunger Relief Partners, including food pantries, homeless shelters, daycares and other organizations.
Food Bank of Delaware volunteers sort and pack food donations, prepare and pack meals for children as well as create meal boxes for families and seniors. In the last year, the Food Bank received more than 51,000 donated hours from more than 19,000 volunteers – the equivalent of almost 25 full-time workers.
“Everyone had a great time [at the Food Bank],” Tatoian said. “It’s good to take a break from our day-to-day routines and duties, whether it be ticket sales, operations or marketing, to give back to our community.”
Food Bank of Delaware volunteer shifts are available Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Milford branch at (302) 424-3301 or the Newark branch at (302) 292-1305 for more information.