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Stats show fewer people asking for help

Thousands fewer people are asking for help with food than at the peak of the COVID-19 shutdown but many more still need it.

The Food Bank of Delaware says it’s seeing signs that fewer people need help putting meals on the table, but is still plans to serve 1,500 households in each of three drive-thru mobile pantries that start this week.

“From the numbers, it does appear that things are easing up a bit for people,” said Kim Turner, communications director for the Food Bank.

She said the Food Bank served 4,796 households in drive-thrus in May, down from the 5,935 it aided in April as the coronavirus shutdown and job layoffs peaked. It’s still about 200 more than in March.

The numbers of those who received help in its Newark and Milford locations hit a peak of 1,055 the week of March 30, but had dropped to 642 households the week of June 8 as the economy began to reopen with some COVID-19 restrictions.

The drive-thrus return Friday in New Castle County, June 22 in Sussex and June 24 in Kent. Registration is required, and volunteers will place food in the trunk or back seats of cars for minimum contact. 

Here’s where they will be and how to sign up:

New Castle County, Friday, June 19 starting at 11 a.m: St. George’s Technical High School, 555 Hyett’s Corner Road, Middletown. To register, go to: https://Junenewcastlecountyfood.eventbrite.com  

Sussex County, Monday, June 22 starting at 11 a.m. Woodbridge High School, 14712 Woodbridge Road, Greenwood. To register, go to https://JuneSussexCountyFood.eventbrite.com   

Kent County,  Wednesday, June 24 starting at 11 a.m. Dover International Speedway (enter through the hotel and casino entrance); 1131 North Dupont Highway, Dover. To register, go to https://JuneKentCountyFood.eventbrite.com  

On-site registration will also be available. Service will be first-come, first-served. 

Assistance is limited to one per household. Recipients must bring proof of ID and Delaware residency.

No bathrooms will be available on the drive-thru sites.

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