Welcome to the Pantry of Hope
(Currently not open for food distribution)
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.
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.