Bayard House Food Cooperative


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:

  • Employment—1 month of pay-stubs
  • Monthly check of Social Security/Pension or Disability
  • SSI—1 month
  • AFDC—1 month
  • Child support stubs—1 month
  • Unemployment Compensation—1 month
  • Food Stamp information—1 month
  • No Income—Please 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.


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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