Food Bank of Delaware receives $50,000 Grant from Altria Group, Inc.’s Community Kitchens Initiative

Senator Carper will present the check and tour the Food Bank of DE

NEWARK, DE – Senator Tom Carper will present a $50,000 grant from Altria Group, Inc.’s Community Kitchens initiative to the Food Bank of Delaware. The Food Bank will use the grant for its job-training program, which prepares low-income and unemployed adults for careers in the food service industry. Meals made by the trainees during the course will be given to local hunger-relief organizations. The Food Bank of Delaware will use its grant to hire a full-time teaching assistant/marketer ($25,000), purchase and install a new walk-in refrigerator ($15,000), and purchase food and training materials ($10,000). Altria Group, Inc., the parent company of Kraft Foods, has awarded grants totaling $594,500 to 18 leading nonprofit organizations across the country that are working to break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Altria’s Community Kitchens grant-making initiative is a partnership with America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, and Kitchens, INC. All together, Altria’s 2003 Community Kitchens grants are expected to help train over 1,000 men and women through unique welfare-to-work training programs that specialize in helping individuals build self-sufficiency. The focus of this year’s grants, which range in size from $24,500 to $50,000, is on strengthening existing model programs, particularly in their ability to enhance job retention among graduates. WHO: Senator Tom Carper
Patricia D. Beebe, Food Bank of Delaware, President/CEO
Jerry Trese, Community Kitchen Initiative, Chef Instructor
Richard T. Kenny, Partner, CFO Delaware Supermarkets, Inc. (ShopRite)
Food Bank Staff and Community Training Kitchen students
WHAT: $50,000 Grant to Food Bank of DE from Altria Group, Inc.
WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 2003 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: Food Bank of Delaware
14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE