The Food Bank of Delaware has begun a $3.2 million fundraising effort to double the size of its Milford center.
Food bank President and CEO Patricia Beebe says the expansion is needed because one in four Delaware residents relies on the agency’s help. She says more than 40 percent of the people who receive assistance are children.
The new facility would enable the food bank to double the number of volunteers it has, nearly double the number of after-school meals it serves and expand a discount grocery market.
The food bank will also use the money to incorporate more environmentally friendly technology.
So far the food bank has raised about $1.2 million toward its goal, including a nearly $200,000 federal appropriation.