By Staff Sgt. William Gates, 101st Public Affairs Detachment
Apr 15, 2012 - 12:47:00 AM
SMYRNA, Del. - The Delaware National Guard announced here today that over the course of the next week, through its War On Hunger program, food donations will be accepted for the Food Bank of Delaware as part of Delaware First Lady Carla Markell's Week of Service.
Beginning Tuesday, April 17 and running through Tuesday, April 24 the Delaware Army National Guard readiness centers in all three counties and the Delaware Air National Guard airbase in New Castle will gladly accept donations to support the Delaware National Guard's War on Hunger campaign. Donations will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.
"We are a state of neighbors," said Governor Jack Markell at today's ceremony, "and nobody understands this better than our Soldiers and Airman in the National Guard."
Governor Markell and his Wife, Carla, chose to do a weekend of service in lieu of an Inaugural Ball in 2008. The call to service has since become a mark of Markell's time in office, with the Week in Service being a corner stone.
"I'm always alarmed at the number of people going hungry in our state," said Mrs. Markell. "To partner the National Guard with the Delaware Food Bank is brilliant!"
Started in 2009, the War on Hunger places food donation sites in all Delaware National Guard armories and facilities as well as at major guard supported events. The 10,000-plus pounds of food collected annually through this program are delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware to help feed at risk families and children in the state.
"We are a community-based military and we value relationships we have with people from everywhere in Delaware" said Maj. Gen. Francis D. Vavala, The Adjutant General of Delaware. "This week of service is the perfect opportunity to invite all Delawareans to join us in the War on Hunger."
Through the War on Hunger program Delaware guardsmen have donated over 17 tons of food. Leaders hope that by opening the program to the community at large an even bigger impact will be made against hunger in Delaware.
"Without the support of groups like the Delaware National Guard, we would not be able to feed nearly 242,000 Delawareans each year," remarked Patricia Beebe, the president and chief executive officer of the Food Bank of Delaware.