Pantry of Hope

Welcome to the Pantry of Hope

Summer Hours are from 9:00 am to Noon. We are closed during the month of August.

The Pantry of Hope operates as an emergency food closet. Our director, Minister Lisa White, has over 20 years of experience with food pantry operations. She has dedicated her life to feed those in need. The Pantry of Hope serves referrals from all Delaware agencies, churches and organizations. We also have a weekly food distribution program every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  For emergency food distributions, please call (302) 267-0270 or email pantryofhope@alphaworship.org.

What is a Food Pantry?

A food pantry is a community-based program that collects and stores food to distribute free of charge to low-income families and individuals. Food pantries provide a nutritionally balanced supply of food to families and individuals in need, typically for approximately three to seven days. Food pantries offer communities an effective pre-planned approach of handling emergency food assistance to those in need.

Poverty in the United States

Food insecurity and hunger are very real problems in the United States. Though the U.S. has long been among the richest nations in the world, our national poverty rate has never dropped below 10%. Of those individuals and families living above the poverty line, many can easily be plunged into a financial crisis by a lost job, a medical emergency, a broken down car, a stolen purse, or other unexpected expense or loss of income. In all, up to 70% of Americans are vulnerable to food insecurity or hunger; and at any given moment, 30 to 40 million of us are either hungry or only acquiring sufficient food by shortchanging another critical need.