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Wilmington’s 200,000th Meal to be Served This Week to city’s hungry children

Coronavirus has had many effects on Delawareans since March with stay at home orders and the closure of all non-essential businesses. Governments scrambling for health supplies and workers.

Wilmington (DE): No matter what the effect of coronavirus in Delaware, all have had an economical impact with the suffering of all Delawareans including students of local schools that have also been forced closed, leaving parents and caregivers with the question of how they are going to find the extra money to feed their children at lunchtime.

Photo: City of Wilmington

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelley Sr. today announced that the City’s special COVID-19 citywide meal distribution system, which began on March 17, is on track to deliver its 200,000th meal this week. They credited the Parks Department’s food service and delivery staff along with community volunteers for conducting such an important program in this period of uncertainty for many families.

Delaware’s First Lady, Tracey Quillen Carney, visited the Parks and Rec meal preparation site on Monday at the Municipal Services Complex, at 500 Wilmington Avenue, to lend her support for this vital program, which distributes about 5,000 meals daily – mostly breakfast and lunch – at more than two dozen sites around the City. Roughly 179,000 meals have been given out to date.

“It was great to visit with—and more important, to thank—the Parks and Recreation staff on Monday, as they were loading the trucks and vans,” said Mrs. Carney. “They told me they would hit 200,000 meals served this week, which is beyond heartwarming in terms of service. I see one of the City food vans on my usual walk route, and I always clap for them as they go by. Feeding children is surely one of the best definitions of essential.”

Photo: City of Wilmington

“My thanks to the First Lady for stopping by to recognize our teams,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Parks Director Kelley, his food service teams from the Municipal Complex and the Hicks Anderson Community Center, and even some of our Parking Enforcement Officers have worked very hard these past two months to ensure that every young person who needs a meal can get one within a reasonable distance from his or her home.”

Through this program, City children and teenagers under 18 years of age can receive a combined breakfast and lunch meal, and in some cases a dinner, at any one of the 27 sites listed as part of this news release.


The so-called “grab and go” meal sites are in addition to regular after-school food sites available around Wilmington. The meal site locations in Wilmington include:

Site Address Hours
3rd and Connell Park 3rd and Connell Streets 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
4th and Rodney Tot Lot 300-398 North Rodney Street 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
23rd & Tatnall Street 23rd & Tatnall Streets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
28th & Market Street 28th & Market Streets 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (M&W)
30th & Washington Street 30th & Washington Streets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ark South Learning Center 601 South Heald Street 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ark Summer Camp 534 Vandever Avenue 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Beacon of Hope 4001 North Market Street 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brown Chihocki 9th Avenue and Duncan Streets 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Clifford Brown Park Clifford Brown Walk and 9th Street 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Father Tucker Park 9th and Scott Streets 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Grace United Methodist Church 900 North Washington Street 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Helen Chambers Park 601 North Madison Street 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Howard High School 401 East 12th Street 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Johnny’s Market Parking Lot 1116 Maryland Avenue 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kingswood Community Center 2300 Bowers Street 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Kosciusko Park Broom and Maple Streets 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
LJ’s Playpen Academy, Inc. 2601 Carter Street 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Michael’s Park Stroud and Wright Streets 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Neighborhood House Inc. / Southbridge 1218 B Street 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Police Athletic League 3707 North Market Street 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
St. Michaels School & Nursery 700 North Walnut Street 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
West End Neighborhood House 701 North Lincoln Street 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center 501 North Madison Street 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(T & Th)
Winston Truitt Park New Castle Avenue & A Street 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(M -Th)
Woodlawn Library 2020 West 9th Street 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Youth Empowerment 1009 Sycamore Street 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


All meals served Monday through Friday, except where otherwise noted.

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