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Amazon donates $50K to Food Bank of Delaware

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The Amazon and Food Bank of Delaware teams pose with the ceremonial $50,000 check on Oct. 20. | PHOTO COURTESY OF AMAZON

MILFORD – To help hundreds of families in need, Amazon presented a $50,000 donation on Oct. 20 to the Food Bank of Delaware in honor of the organization’s great work for the local community.

Since the first wave of the COVID pandemic, Amazon has partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware by lending its logistics network to support the delivery of groceries and pre-packaged meals directly to families and those disproportionately impacted by the crisis.

“Before the pandemic, we were not able to do home deliveries. We didn’t have the capacity, and quite honestly, I don’t think we even knew there was such a need for it. As we’ve said so many times, the pandemic shined a huge spotlight on need, and people that needed us, people that maybe needed us for a long time that didn’t know we were here, and definitely people that needed us for the first time,” Cathy Kanefsky, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Delaware, said at a press conference in accepting the donation. “That was the time when [Amazon] stepped up and made hope in the form of food being delivered to our neighbors and we’re so, so grateful for that. We’re so proud and so thankful to announce that thanks to Amazon our home delivery program just this past year has grown 762% and that is absolutely fantastic.”

The partnership, which is possible due to the employment of Amazon Flex drivers, has seen over 1 million meals delivered in Delaware alone since March 2020. Amazon Flex is a program which offers individuals the ability to make Amazon deliveries on their own schedule.

“The Amazon Flex program is really exciting because it offers folks the flexibility to be their own bosses, set their own schedules, and most importantly to give back to their communities by working with organizations like the Food Bank of Delaware to help deliver these meals. At Amazon, we like to think of ourselves as a global company that establishes local roots. And giving back to our community is core to what we do every single day,” said Sam Fisher, an Amazon spokesperson.

Individuals interested in receiving home deliveries from the Food Bank of Delaware can sign up here.  

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