Great Thanksgiving Food Drive underway in Delaware

The state of Delaware is among the top three in the U.S. when it comes to the number of residents who struggle to feed their family, according to a recent Gallup survey.

Between layoffs and unemployment, many residents rely on help from food banks such as the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington, which serves approximately 1,000 meals a day and continues to see an increase in people needing assistance.

“At the beginning of the recession, we saw an up tick in our need,” said Reverend Thomas Laymon, president of Sunday Breakfast Mission. “Back in 2003, when I first came to Sunday Breakfast Mission, we were providing about 50,000 meals a year and then we began to see it climb. At the beginning of the recession, we saw a 25 percent increase of the need and then about a year and a half later, we saw another 15 percent increase in need.”

This Thanksgiving, the organization plans to give out more than 1,300 boxes of food to needy families for the holiday and serve nearly 1,000 people Thanksgiving dinner.

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Since 2003, the charity has partnered with WSFS Bank to organize the Great Thanksgiving Food Drive, which encourages the public to drop off non-perishable items at WSFS branches.

Since it began, the food drive has collected more than 200 tons of food and the goal this year is to collect 60 tons.

“What a testimony of what the private sector and the private community can do,” said Rev. Laymon. “WSFS stands out as an example to other businesses of this is how it’s done.”

Mark Turner, president and CEO of WSFS Bank said he’s extremely proud of the group effort between Sunday Breakfast Mission, WSFS bank associates and the community.

“To be able to tangibly contribute to serving the community really lifts up our organization and exemplifies our mission and it’s been a wonderful partnership with Sunday Breakfast Mission and the reverend,” said Mark Turner, president and CEO of WSFS Bank.

Donations can be dropped of at dozens of Delaware and Southern Pennsylvania WSFS locations from now through December 8.

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