Delaware County Hunger Alliance
Thank you to the Delaware County Farm Bureau, Liberty Presbyterian Church, Delaware Foundation and Delaware Rotary for their strong support of the Hunger Alliance!
From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, there were 10,042 unduplicated individuals that were served through 20,109 visits to food pantry partners in Delaware County. 34% of that number represents children birth-18 years of age.
- Nearly 25,000 individuals are at risk for food insecurity in Delaware County.
- $8,362,000 additional dollars are needed to meet food needs for our residents.
- Over 1,200 individuals were served through the weekend helper program.
- Nearly 200 individuals will be served through the Delaware Farmer’s Market, SNAP outreach program.
Created in 2012 by the United Way of Delaware County and Delaware General Health District, the Delaware County Hunger Alliance Mission is “Ensuring access to essential nutrition through a community partnership.” The Alliance is a cross sector collaboration of community partners committed to connecting our neighbors in need with services that provide access to healthy food options, nutrition education, and resources that promote economic stability.
Through monthly meetings, the Alliance coordinates awareness campaigns, unified outreach efforts to reach the under-served and recommends funding for service delivery. In FY20, the Hunger Alliance partners will focus on the following:
- Reaching members of the Delaware County community who have a need for increased food access.
- Coordinating awareness efforts throughout the community.
- Through United Way of Delaware County as the backbone organization, recommended funding to the following:
- Delaware County Weekend Meal Program in Delaware City Schools and Buckeye Valley Local School District. This program ensures families in need receive food over the weekend throughout the school year.
- Grace Clinic, Prescription Produce. This program addresses chronic disease management through increased access to healthy food.
- 3 food pantries: Lutheran Social Services, People in Need of Delaware County Inc, and Salvation Army.
- Increasing access to fresh produce at the Farmers’ Market in Delaware. The Andrew’s House administers a program which allows families to utilize SNAP benefits at the weekly farmers’ market.
- Increase knowledge and skills connected to healthy eating through a partnership with Ohio Wesleyan University and Cooking Matters. Through this program, participants are able to learn about healthy foods and how to prepare meals through a hands-on experience.
In addition to the programs above, the Alliance supports the work of our partners who serve community meals and provide food to those who are home-bound.
Learn more about United Way of Delaware County initiatives and help Strengthen Delaware County, one family at a time.