Food Bank of Delaware, UD to celebrate fifth annual Evening in the Garden

August 15, 2013 under CANR News

Evening in the GardenThe Food Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community with their fifth annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening will feature wine and beer tastings from local wineries and breweries.

In addition, the evening’s menu includes garden-fresh foods straight from the Garden for the Community. Students from the Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware will serve up eggplant polpettes, ratatouille, spicy grilled chicken with roasted corn salsa, fish tacos, soba noodles with Swiss chard, pine nuts and peppers, assorted desserts and much more. The UDairy Creamery will also serve ice cream.

“It’s hard to believe we are heading into our fifth year for Evening in the Garden,” said Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO. “Each year the event and our partnership with the University grows. Last year guests had a wonderful time touring the garden, enjoying foods prepared by our own students and tasting local wines and beers. We look forward to another successful evening of increasing awareness of the issue of hunger in Delaware and raising money to help alleviate it.”

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Food Bank of Delaware for the Evening in the Garden event,” said CANR Dean Mark Rieger. “We are very proud of the partnerships we have grown throughout the years with the Food Bank of Delaware and the Evening in the Garden is no exception. This event brings the community together to help support a great cause: the Food Bank of Delaware and their mission to provide food for struggling Delaware families.”

Sue Fuhrmann has attended the event since its inception and said, “Evening in the Garden showcases delicious, creative food, good wines, fun music, bountiful gardens to stroll and fine fellowship. Even better, it supports local agriculture and job training efforts. Not to miss.”

Tickets for the event are $40 per person or $15 per student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment. Ticket prices increase by $10 on Aug. 29.

To purchase tickets, contact Kim Turner at 302-444-8074 or kturner@fbd.org.

Online registration is also available at this Food Bank of Delaware website.

Attendees are also asked to bring a bag of canned goods for the food bank’s hunger-relief efforts.

To learn more about the Garden for the Community, visit the website.

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Blue Hens CAN: Unified campus food drive to benefit Food Bank of Delaware

November 1, 2012 under CANR News

The University of Delaware and the Food Bank of Delaware will launch a weeklong campus-wide food drive called Blue Hens CAN from Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16, to benefit those state residents who are straining to afford food.

Blue Hens CAN, a joint venture of the College of Health Sciences (CHS), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Food Bank of Delaware, will feature a UD food collection bus parked at a different campus location each day of the week to accept items donated by the campus community.

The bus will be parked at the following locations on the following days:

  • Monday, Nov. 12: Mentor’s Circle, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: Laird Campus, between Smith and Independence halls, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Mentor’s Circle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: South Campus, next to the UDairy Creamery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16: Mentor’s Circle, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

University President Patrick Harker and Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO, will be on hand to kick off the event during a ceremony at Mentor’s Circle on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m.

Said Harker of the event, “I know this active, engaged campus community — a community that lives the principle of service every day — can come together to help end hunger in Delaware. I’m thrilled that we’re partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware — such a vital organization to so many families — and I’m excited to see the outcome of our efforts.”

“The support we have received from the University of Delaware community has been outstanding,” said Beebe. “We are looking forward to a coordinated food drive amongst all members of the University in order to collect more food for Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table. We hope the excitement surrounding Blue Hens CAN will bring in not only food, but enthusiasm for helping to alleviate hunger in the First State.”

There will be a raffle with prizes for individuals who donate items, with individuals who donate an item receiving a raffle ticket with a chance to win.

Prizes include:

  • UDairy Creamery ice cream gift basket;
  • $100 iTunes gift card from UD’s Apple Authorized Campus Store;
  • Wool blanket, made from wool of UD sheep, a $100 value; and
  • Ninety T-shirts donated by University Student Centers for the first 30 participants who come to each location. (For Mentor’s Circle, the shirts will only be handed out on Monday).

A separate competition for groups who enter items collectively will also be held. Groups are asked to submit their items together and label them clearly using the group’s full name and not abbreviations. The items will then be taken and weighed at the Food Bank of Delaware.

The group that donates the most food will win a free ice cream social from the UDairy Creamery ice cream team.

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Unified campus food drive to benefit Food Bank of Delaware

September 19, 2012 under CANR News

According to a recent Gallup poll, more than 22 percent of Delawareans struggle to put food on the table. Only two states have higher percentages of residents who do not have enough money for food.

The Food Bank of Delaware distributed 6.2 million pounds of food last year, providing help to one out of every four residents in the First State.

Many partners helped provide the food distributed by the Food Bank. For example, the University of Delaware’s Garden for the Community — a cooperative partnership between UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), CANR Ag College Council, Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the Food Bank of Delaware — donated 16,484 pounds of fresh, locally grown vegetables in 2012.

While these recent efforts by UD and the Food Bank of Delaware have gone a long way to help those in need, there is still more that can be done.

With this in mind, a new program called Blue Hens CAN has been established, to help the entire UD community join forces to meet the needs of Delawareans straining to afford food.

“Over the years, various UD groups and organizations have successfully organized collections of food throughout the year,” says Susan Hall, deputy dean of the College of Health Sciences (CHS). “Our hope is that this unified, campuswide effort will synthesize all of these individual campaigns and ultimately result in a much larger donation for the Food Bank.”

“Blue Hens CAN is our service mission in action,” says UD President Patrick Harker. “I know this active, engaged campus community — a community that lives the principle of service every day — can come together to help end hunger in Delaware. I’m thrilled that we’re partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware — such a vital organization to so many families — and I’m excited to see the outcome of our efforts.”

“The support we have received from the University of Delaware community has been outstanding,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe. “We are looking forward to a coordinated food drive amongst all members of the University in order to collect more food for Delawareans struggling to put meals on the table. We hope the excitement surrounding Blue Hens CAN will bring in not only food, but enthusiasm for helping to alleviate hunger in the First State.”

The program, a joint venture between CHS, CANR and the Food Bank of Delaware, is scheduled for the week of Nov. 12-16.

“The plan is that — thanks to the help of UD Parking and Transportation Services — each day of the week, we will have a UD bus parked at a different campus location for an advertised period of several hours,” explains CANR deputy dean Tom Sims. “Student volunteers, led by clubs in CANR and CHS, will be on hand to accept and record donations from various groups and help load them into the vehicle.”

The bus will be parked on north, east, west, south and central campuses for one day each during the week, with the exact bus locations to be determined at a later date.

Prizes will be awarded for participation, and the hope is that Blue Hens CAN will become an annual event, similar to the UD campus blood drive, where groups throughout the university join together to benefit a single cause.

“There is so much need, even in our small state,” says Sims, “and this is a great opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to make a difference.”

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Food Bank of Delaware, UD to celebrate harvest with Evening in the Garden

July 12, 2012 under CANR News

The Food Bank of Delaware and University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will celebrate the bounty of the Garden for the Community with the fourth annual Evening in the Garden event on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m.

The evening will feature wine and beer tastings from local wineries and breweries.

In addition, the evening’s menu includes garden-fresh foods straight from the Garden for the Community. The Food Bank of Delaware’s culinary team will serve roasted vegetable salad, Asian coleslaw, potato and goat cheese salad, Caesar salad with shrimp, salmon with tomatillo sauce, chicken chimichurri with onion rings and assorted desserts. The UDairy Creamery will also serve ice cream.

“We’re proud of our collaboration with the University of Delaware,” said Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO. “Last year’s event sold out with more than 200 attendees. Guests toured the garden, tasted local wines and beers and enjoyed a garden-fresh menu. We hope to sell out again this year. One-hundred percent of proceeds from this event help us to provide emergency food to Delawareans who are struggling to put meals on the table.”

“The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is very happy to continue our wonderful partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware,” said Tom Sims, CANR deputy dean. “The Garden for the Community has been a rewarding experience for our students, faculty, and many in the local community who help produce literally tons of fresh vegetables for the Food Bank each year. In 2012, we’ll expand our partnership University-wide as we work with the College of Health Sciences to lead the first unified food drive for UD this fall, collecting food for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Tickets for the Evening in the Garden event are $40 per person or $15 per student (must show student ID). The price includes dinner, wine, beer and entertainment.

Ticket prices increase by $10 on Aug. 2.

To purchase tickets, contact Kim Kostes at 302-444-8074 or via email at kkostes@fbd.org.

Online registration is also available at the Food Bank of Delaware website.

Photos by Danielle Quigley

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UD announces Food Bank effort at employee appreciation picnic

June 6, 2012 under CANR News

The University of Delaware held its fourth annual UDidIt! employee appreciation picnic on Monday, June 4, to celebrate the recently completed academic year. At the event, an announcement was made about a partnership between UD and the Food Bank of Delaware.

Robin Morgan, who is returning to the faculty after 10 years as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Kathy Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences, announced a BlueHensCAN partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware.

Morgan said that during the 2012-13 academic year, UD, which already has a wide range of programs geared to assist the Food Bank, will undertake its first coordinated effort. During the fall semester, a Food Bank truck will come to campus to collect and transport donations and UD volunteers will help unload items at the organization’s facilities.

The concerted BlueHensCAN effort “can make a huge impact on the Food Bank,” Morgan said, also inviting employees to the Aug. 9 Evening in the Garden at the Garden for the Community on the CANR campus to support the Food Bank. The college has had an ongoing partnership with the Food Bank through the garden, which produces fresh fruits and vegetables and provides service learning opportunities for UD students.

“We are excited to partner with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in pulling together this food drive,” Matt said, noting that the Food Bank of Delaware serves more than 240,000 people annually, nearly half of them children.

Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO, said the organization could not accomplish its mission without the support of institutions such as UD. “On behalf of the Food Bank of Delaware, we thank you so very much,” she said.

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UD’s Food Science Club bakes sweet potato pies for Food Bank of Delaware

November 21, 2011 under CANR News

To help those in need, the University of Delaware Food Science Club teamed up with the Food Bank of Delaware to bake delicious sweet potato pies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Those pies will be distributed as part of the Food Bank of Delaware’s mobile food pantry taking place at Eisenberg Elementary School in New Castle from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Club members estimate that they baked close to 80 pies this year using sweet potatoes grown in the Garden for the Community and ingredients bought through the Food Science Club budget.

The Garden for the Community is located on one-third of an acre on UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) campus and provides a steady stream of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits to Delaware’s hungry. The garden is a partnership between the Food Bank of Delaware and the CANR faculty and staff, undergraduate students and graduate students. Last year, the Garden for the Community donated three tons of vegetables, fruits and herbs to the Food Bank of Delaware.

Patricia Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware president and CEO, noted the importance of their relationship with the University. “As we work to feed more Delawareans, the importance of fresh, sustainable produce cannot be emphasized enough. The pie project is a perfect example of farm to table — sweet potatoes grown right here in Delaware to feed residents of our state. Last year the families who received these freshly-made pies were incredibly appreciative.”

About 20 students, mostly from the Food Science Club but also from the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, helped out this year, doing prep work and baking pies from 12:30-4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.16, through Friday, Nov. 18.

Kali Kniel, associate professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, helped coordinate the event and Melinda Litvinas, manager of the UDairy Creamery, helped the club by ordering all of the ingredients necessary to bake the pies.

Teresa Brodeur, a CANR junior and president of the Food Science Club, said she wanted to get involved with the Food Bank of Delaware after attending service events with her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, last spring. “One of the service events that I attended weekly was at the Food Bank where we helped to organize the different donated food items. I really enjoyed the people who were in charge there and they made the experience both educational as well as enjoyable.”

Having missed out on baking the pies last year due to a schedule conflict, Brodeur, who one day hopes to open her own bakery, said that she was really looking forward to taking part in the event this year because “everyone seemed like they had so much fun last year.”

For more information on the Food Bank of Delaware, visit the website.

Article by Adam Thomas

Photos by Danielle Quigley

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