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Food Distributed to Needy Families in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- Thousands of people living in Delaware are struggling to keep food on the table.

According to the Food Bank of Delaware, nearly a quarter of them had to choose between buying food and paying their rent or mortgage.

On Thursday, several organizations came together to offer more than 800 boxes of food to needy families in the parking lot of Playtex in Dover.

The event was called "Feed The Children" and according to organizers, it is the third year it has been held in Dover.

It was the first time for Sarah Blount.

"You actually don't know day to day what you're going to eat or what you're going to have," said Sarah Blount of Dover.  

Gladys Kiser of Milford can relate.

"Most of the time your check doesn't go for the whole month, so this helps you to supplement your income. When you have to buy food and pay bills out of one check, it doesn't last," said Kiser.

Shalee Murray came with a busload of church members to collect food to help fill a void that she said exists in Ellendale.

"When you can make up for their lack, it makes it feel like there's hope out in the world," said Murray, of Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale.

Along with Feed The Children, organizations like Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition, First State Community Action Agency and Energizer helped to put the event together.

"You don't realize what a box of food will do for them. Having people pull up with the little children in the backseat, you can see they really need the food," said Arlen Lewis of Energizer.

"Hopefully this will allow individuals to know that we are here. We are here to help provide for them, but not only just provide but off them other services," said Bernice Edwards, executive director at First State Community Action Agency.

Blount said it is those programs that help feed those who need it most.

"The economy is not the same," she said. "Right now it's hard for everybody. It's good they have programs like this.

For more information on First State Community Action Agency, call 1-800-372-2240 or log onto www.firststatecaa.org.

For more information on Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition, call (302) 262-9459 or log onto www.healthysussex.org.

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