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Annual State Fair Event Feeds Hungry Downstate Residents

Food Lion, the Delaware State Fair, and the Food Bank of Delaware are again joining forces to stage the “Food Lion Feeds Hunger Relief Day” at the Delaware State Fair.

The sixth annual event will take place this Monday (July 24th). Fair attendees who bring five Food Lion brand canned or boxed goods will in exchange receive free gate admittance to the Delaware State Fair from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Monday.

Donations received through this year’s effort will assist vulnerable families in Kent and Sussex counties. More than 43,000 residents of Kent and Sussex counties are reportedly considered “food insecure,” meaning their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at some time during the year.

According to the Food Bank of Delaware, over the past five years the Hunger Relief Days have collectively generated more than 110,000 meals for downstate residents.

Volunteers from Food Lion and the Food Bank of Delaware will accept donations at all gates. No items stored in glass will be accepted. Some of the Food Bank of Delaware’s most-needed items include the following:
Canned fruits (in light syrup or in its own juices if possible)
Canned vegetables (low sodium if possible)
Canned soups (low sodium if possible)
Tuna fish (in water if possible)
Peanut butter (low sodium if possible)
Cereal (whole-grain if possible
Pasta (whole-grain if possible)

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