Food Distribution Programs


How Catholic Charities Helps


Catholic Charities runs food programs based at three of its sites, Bayard House in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milford, and Seton Center in Princess Anne.



Food Cooperatives

The Food Cooperative programs, called the Hope Food Cooperative in Delaware and the Brown Bag Food Cooperative in Maryland, help families and individuals stretch their limited incomes by providing a supplemental bag of groceries twice every month.  With the help of the Food Bank of Delaware and the Maryland Food Bank, club members receive nutritious, meal-ready products for a fraction of retail value.


Click here for information about the Bayard House food cooperative.


Click here for information about the Casa San Francisco food cooperative.


Click here for information about the Seton Center food cooperative.



Emergency Food Pantry

Emergency food pantries are located at Casa San Francisco and Seton Center.  Staffed by volunteers and stocked with donated food and USDA commodities, the pantry provides 3-4 days of food for persons who are in crisis and cannot buy food. 


Click here for information about the Casa San Francisco emergency food pantry.


Click here for information about the Seton Center emergency food pantry.



How To Get Help


For more information, please contact the Catholic Charities location nearest to you.


Bayard House

300 Bayard Avenue

Wilmington, DE 19805



Casa San Francisco

PO Box 38

127 Broad Street

Milton, DE 19968

Phone: 302-684-8694


Seton Center

30632 Hampden Avenue

PO Box 401

Princess Anne, Maryland



Click here to send an email for more information.


How You Can Help


The food cooperatives and food pantries welcome volunteers of all ages.  Volunteers bag groceries for distribution, and stock the shelves with donated goods.  Call the location you want to help to see what current opportunities are available.  Volunteers must apply and be interviewed prior to begin work.


Make a donation of food.  Each location has the ability to store perishable and non-perishable food items.  When your supermarket is having a “Buy one, get one free” sale, donate that free item to Catholic Charities.  Please call ahead to make arrangements if you plan to donate perishable items such as produce or frozen meat.


You can organize a food drive. Ask your family, neighbors, church, or civic group to donate nonperishable and shelf-stable food items.


Suggested items for donation include

— canned goods like spaghetti, tuna, salmon, beef stew, corned beef hash, beans, soups, vegetables and fruit

— boxes of pasta, macaroni and cheese, crackers, cereal, oatmeal, and pancake mix

— jars of peanut butter and jelly

— juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa mix, instant breakfasts

— shelf-stable milk – either dry or evaporated

— condiments like spreads, ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue sauce, pickles and syrup


Click here to donate to our food distribution efforts using a credit card.  You may also send a check to Catholic Charities, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, and designate Food Distribution on the check memo line.


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