Help feed the hungry during ‘Stock the Pantry’ month


WILMINGTON – February is traditional “Stock the Pantry” month for Catholic Charities, and the organization is again asking the community to help those in the community who depend on Catholic Charities for food.

Donations of nonperishable food, grocery store gift cards or cash donations may be made at all Catholic Charities locations in February during regular business hours.

“No family should go hungry,” said Richelle Vible, executive director of Charities. “Membership in our food cooperatives continues to climb, and requests for our emergency food distributions are at an all-time high.”

Charities coordinates food cooperative programs at Bayard House in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton, and Seton Center in Princess Anne, Md. Area residents can apply for membership by contacting Bayard House at (302) 654-1184, Casa San Francisco at (302) 684-8694, or Seton Center at (410) 651-9608. There are also emergency food pantries at Casa San Francisco and Seton Center.

More than 1,700 households are enrolled in the food cooperatives, and more than 1,600 households received food from the emergency pantries last year.

To make an online monetary donation, go to Charities’ secure website, Donations of cash or goods also can be made at Catholic Charities locations Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Those locations are:

Main office, 2601 W. Fourth St., Wilmington.

Bayard House, 300 Bayard Ave., Wilmington.

Marydale Retirement Village, 135 Jeandell Drive, Newark.

Kent County office, 2099 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover.

Sussex County office, 406 S. Bedford St., Suite 9, Georgetown.

Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad St., Milton.

Seton Center, 30632 Hampden Ave., Princess Anne, Md.

Casa San Francisco and Bayard House can accept donations seven days a week, but call before making a donation.

For more information, call Catholic Charities at 655-9624.