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Easterseals Respite Grant Funding Now Available

Respite Grant Funding is Now Available for Delaware Residents!

Take a Break Through Easterseals Respite Grants

While caregiving is rewarding, it requires an immense amount of time and energy and often leads to caregiver burnout. Respite helps to keep family caregivers physically and emotionally healthy by reducing the likelihood of depression, anxiety, and isolation.

Through Easterseals respite grants, caregivers can receive a voucher to be used to pay for the care of their loved one while they take a break. The best thing? The respite can be completely spontaneous and caregivers can hire a friend, neighbor, family member or even use the funding for a day program! Whether it is going to dinner, seeing a movie, reading a book, going to a family reunion or just wanting an hour or two of peace and quiet, our respite grants can help caregivers take a moment to recharge and be the best caregivers they can be.

See if you are eligible and/or apply »,

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 302-221-2087 or
resources@esdel.org and our staff would be happy to help.

Anya Taylor
Community Outreach Assistant
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore
61 Corporate Circle
New Castle, DE 19720
O: 302-221-2087

Food Bank of Delaware

Food Bank of DE: Drive-thru mobile pantries for September


We started our large monthly drive-thru food pantries at the start of the pandemic to help meet the urgent food needs of thousands of people in our community. We will continue hosting these monthly distributions through December 2022 and will move to large quarterly distributions in 2023. Have no fear, though! The Food Bank of Delaware is out in the community every day helping to serve our community. There are many ways to continue getting the help you need without having to use fuel to travel to the distribution or coming at a time that may not be convenient for you.

Just a few ways we can help you close to home on a regular basis:

  • Have food delivered directly to your home through our Home Delivery Program
  • Visit one of our small community mobile pantries
  • Visit one of our Food Bank partner pantries or our on-site Healthy Pantry Center in Newark or Milford


Sussex County

When: Monday, Sepember 12 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown
Register in advance »

Kent County

When: Wednesday, September 14 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Dover Motor Speedway,1131 North Dupont Highway, Dover (enter through Leipsic Road entrance and follow signs)
Register in advance »

New Castle County

When: Friday, September 16 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Delaware Tech, 400 Stanton Christiana Road, Newark
Register in advance » 

Please bring proof that you live in Delaware!

On-site registration will also be available. Service will be first-come, first-served. Assistance is limited to one per household. The Food Bank of Delaware is prepared to serve up to 1,000 households at each pantry. Public restrooms will not be available. Please make sure your trunk or backseat is clear for easy loading.

If you are not able to attend the distribution, please visit  www.fbd.org/get-help


Intro to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Workshop

September 30

Courageous hearts is again offering “Intro to Incorporating Horses in Psychotherapy”.

This event provides continuing education and has limited space.
If you’ve been thinking about it awhile…now is the time!

Wilmington VA Medical Center Update

Wilmington VA Medical Center Opens Food Pantry for Veterans

The Wilmington VA Medical Center (WVAMC) food pantry opened to Veterans on June 6, 2022. The idea came from a need to serve the Veteran population in Delaware and southern New Jersey who are food insecure or in need for food resources. An interdisciplinary team of dietitians, social workers and members of the center for development and civic engagement (CDCE), came together to plan the logistics of the food pantry and ways to disperse the food to those who need it the most

To receive items from the food pantry, Veterans must be enrolled in VA health care and identified by their social work team or dietitians. These donations are in the form of reusable bags that come with 3-4 days’ worth of nonperishable food based on dietary restrictions or need.

“Dietitians work with the Veterans and take into consideration nutrition needs during the intake process, said Trudy Jumper, clinical nutrition manager “Depending on how the Veterans are referred to the food pantry, dietitians check to see if the Veteran has been connected to social work [or vice versa] and getting all their resources that they need. The end goal is to get the Veteran connected with resources and sustained nutrition, so they don’t need to use the panty anymore.”

Veterans are identified through social work or nutrition and food services can either pick up the bags at WVAMC or the pantry items can be delivered to the closest community-based outpatient clinic. “If necessary, some bags are delivered via social workers directly to where the Veteran calls home. The WVAMC Team is working to meet the Veterans in the community and utilize best resources,” said Jumper.

Each bag contains a flyer that lists all the national services available to Veterans with food insecurity and scheduling information if they need any assistance with the pantry. Resources are also provided for local WVAMC nutrition counseling, MOVE Programs, access to healthy recipes, cookbooks, and other information to promote access to healthy food and educational videos.

The food pantry is for local Veterans of Delaware and southern New Jersey. Last month the WVAMC team delivered 16 bags and according to recent records, additional Veterans have already benefited from the program and growth continues to be projected. The nutrition and food service team are working with the CDCE (formerly Voluntary Service) as a collaborative effort to keep the food pantry well-stocked, but it is running solely on donations. Sustainment of this program is relying on communities, organizations and donations. “We truly appreciate everything that has been donated thus far, seeing the community coming together truly demonstrates support of Veterans in our area,” said Jumper.

The CDCE has worked with Veteran Service Organizations like the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, to name a few, during the initial kick-off of the food pantry. One concern is sustainability to maintain stocked shelves. “We are supported through donations from the public, Veteran Service Organizations and other various community partners,” said James Coty, Chief of CDCE.

“The best way to donate is to utilize our Amazon wish list, but we also accept monetary donations. Monetary donations can be mailed to WVAMC Attn: CDCE #135, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805 with a note in the memo section to designate ‘Food Pantry’ this way 100% of donations are used to purchase items for the program.

We want this to be a long-term service that remains available to our Veterans in need.”

The food pantry has been well received by Veterans in need. “We anticipate an uptick in Veterans using this service with inflation costs rising, some Veterans do not meet the criteria to get the assistance they need and are struggling to get their groceries because they have bills and financial concerns. “We are seeing a lot of people who might not have needed the assistance before. It seems the food pantry was established at a perfect time and our team is eager to help Veterans in need,” said Jumper.

It is very important that the Veteran needs to be enrolled in VA health care and referred by their social worker or dietitian. If you know of a Veteran in need, please call 302-994-2511 x5444. To donate or for food pantry item donation drop off, call 302-994-2511 x 4061.

Amazon Food Pantry Wishlist »

More Information

Wilmington VA Medical Center provides health care services to approximately 35,000 Veterans through its main medical center and five CBOCs in Delaware and southern New Jersey. For more information, please visit Veterans Affairs »

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