13,800 Meals Raised for COVID-19 KIDS Hunger Relief

Over the past two years, The Delaware KIDS Fund has funded two school food pantries in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware (Richey Elementary and Richardson Park Elementary). When schools were ordered to close in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic access to these pantries became impractical. Furthermore, the need to access food became greater and thousands of Delaware families were forced to quickly adapt in this new climate. We reached out to the Food Bank, listened to their needs and realized there was an opportunity to help.. Simultaneously, the Movies on Tap organizers were identifying ways they could raise funds in a safe and healthy format for the community during this extraordinary time. Movies on Tap is a local fundraising series collaboration between local craft breweries, local non-profits while celebrating classic movies on the big screen. Due to social distancing regulations, the series was put on a brief hiatus with the routine venue temporarily closed (Penn Cinema). Together we agreed to raise COVID-19 response funds for local at-risk children.

On Saturday, April 25 Movies on Tap held their first ever virtual Netflix Watch Party. Nearly 80 donors enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark from the comfort and safety of their own home. By the end of the evening, $4,600 was raised. The Food Bank of Delaware has already turned 100% of those donations into 13,800 Backpack program meals for KIDS across the state! As a reference, with the Food Bank’s purchasing power, they can help provide 3 meals for every $1 raised. The virtual fundraising effort would also not be possible without the support of Spur Impact allowing us to utilize their local crowdfunding web platform at DEGives.org. This software added to the interactive/virtual spirit of our fundraiser.

The Delaware KIDS Fund would like to thank Movies on Tap for coordinating, Bellefonte Brewery for offering beer discounts to donors (21 and over) and most importantly all of the donors who turned this evening into a success! We loved seeing your participation online. Here are some of the highlights from the Movies on Tap Facebook Page.

Social Media Trivia Winner Bill Johnson won a Bellefonte growler to enjoy during the movie!
Mike Smith responded to the SOS donating to help us reach 3,000 meals. Mike enjoyed a fresh batch of Bellefonte brew as well!

3rd Operation: Warm Newport – Camping out for Coats

It was another cold camp-out in Newport, DE but well worth the freeze! Over 40 campers and an estimated 100+ camp visitors showed their support.

Thanks to the campers, community supporters and donors, this year 2,342 coats were funded and distributed at the following 4 local schools: Thomas Edison Charter School, Stubbs Elementary, Shortlidge Academy and The Bancroft School.

Since our first year of camp in 2017, The Delaware KIDS Fund has been able to raise enough money to purchase 5,937 coats for every student at 11 different elementary schools (Richey Elementary, Richardson Park Elementary, Richardson Park Early Learning Center, Pulaski Elementary, Warner Elementary, Baltz Elementary School, Elbert Palmer Elementary, Thomas Edison Charter, Stubbs Elementary, Shortlidge Academy and The Bancroft School). The camping out campaign has raised over $121,000 with 100% of that money going to the purchase of brand new Operation Warm coats.

Camping out in Newport represents a commitment to warming up local children in need physically and mentally. The camping conditions are a bit chilly (and loud) with nearby Route 141 positioned next to the camp site… but at the end of the day, it’s about supporting our next generation of community. It’s more than a coat.

It was cold but we stayed as warm as possible for the kids!
Coat Giving at Thomas Edison in November 2019

10th Delaware KIDS Fund 5k in Newport

It was a gorgeous morning in Newport, Delaware to be raising  money for the Delaware KIDS Fund food pantry going into Richardson Park Elementary School.

This year we recognize Pat Dougherty as the hardest working volunteer with the first ever, “Gilmore Award” – in honor of the late Helen Gilmore. Helen was a long time Harvey, Hanna & Associates employee and KIDS Fund volunteer – managing the registration tables every year like a General.

Pat poses with his award, Ryan Kennedy & Helen’s Family

Thank you to all our sponsors, the Town of Newport, Newport PD, NCCPD, Minquas Fire Company, participants and volunteers for raising enough to open a brand new food pantry in Richardson Park Elementary School!

Event Photos
Town Square Delaware Article

Delaware KIDS Fund Donates $1,000 to Cape Food Basket

Pictured (left to right): Ryan Kennedy (Delaware KIDS Fund Executive Director/Harvey, Hanna & Associates, VP – Marketing) Jon Devoll (Cape Henlopen Food Basket) and Andrew DiFonzo (Delaware KIDS Fund volunteer / Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, General Manager)

The Delaware KIDS Fund recently visited the Cape Henlopen Food Basket to present a gift of $1,000 for the 2019 winter season.

The Cape Henlopen Food Basket provides food support to more than 2,160 households and 6,313 individuals each month (2,006 of which are children). The gift was timed to help Cape Henlopen Food Basket prepare for higher food demand during the winter months.

The Delaware KIDS Fund has proudly donated over $10,000 to the Cape Henlopen Food Basket Since 2008.

Pictured (left to right): Ryan Kennedy (Delaware KIDS Fund Executive Director/Harvey, Hanna & Associates, VP – Marketing) Jon Devoll (Cape Henlopen Food Basket) and Andrew DiFonzo (Delaware KIDS Fund volunteer / Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, General Manager)

Delaware KIDS Fund Opens New Food Pantry at Richey Elementary School

The Delaware KIDS Fund and Harvey Hanna celebrated the opening of a brand new Delaware KIDS Fund Food Pantry at Newport’s Richey Elementary School. A high percentage of children at this school live at or below the poverty line and the food pantry along with a backpack program serve as a critical resource to local students in need. The pantry was established in partnership with The Food Bank of Delaware and was funded entirely from the 9th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K proceeds. #communitystrong