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.
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.
300 Bayard Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19805
Casa San Francisco
PO Box 38
127 Broad Street
Milton, DE 19968
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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