How Catholic Charities Helps
Catholic Charities food cooperative program based at Bayard House in Wilmington is available to families with school-age children living in the 19801, 19802, and 19805 zip codes.
Food distributions occur at Bayard House on the first and third Wednesday of the month.
The food cooperative program also provides menus and information on nutrition, shopping on a budget, and meal planning. Members can also participate in workshops that the site holds on a regular basis.
How To Get Help
Participants must be income qualified. You must make an appointment with Catholic Charities in order to be qualified.
Please bring the following INCOME information with you to your appointment:
- Employment1 month of pay-stubs
- Monthly check of Social Security/Pension or Disability
- SSI1 month
- AFDC1 month
- Child support stubs1 month
- Unemployment Compensation1 month
- Food Stamp information1 month
- No IncomePlease sign the No Income Declaration
If your checks are directly deposited, a copy of your bank statement will be accepted. You can black out all information except for your name, address, and the line stating the direct deposit amount.
The Delaware Food Bank requires that income be verified every 6 months.
For more information, please contact Bayard House.
300 Bayard Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19805
How You Can Help
The food cooperative welcomes volunteers of all ages. Volunteers bag groceries for distribution and stock the shelves with donated goods. Call Bayard House to see what current opportunities are available. Volunteers must apply and be interviewed prior to begin work.
Make a donation of food. Bayard House 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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