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Mayor Purzycki Announces Expanded Food Distribution System

Post Date:04/01/2020 2:30 PM

Parks and Recreation adds more sites to meet demand for meals

NOTE: This news release, which was issued yesterday, is being re-issued today because, while the food sites listed are correct, some of the addresses of the sites were listed incorrectly.  


Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelley Sr. have announced that new food sites have been added to the City’s meal distribution system which began a few weeks ago. Now, even more children and teenagers (any child under 18 years of age) can receive a combined breakfast and lunch meal and in some cases, a dinner. The so-called “grab and go” meal sites are in addition to regular after-school food sites available around Wilmington.

“We continue to work to ensure that every young person who needs a meal can get one within a reasonable distance from their home,” said Mayor Purzycki, “and we’ll add sites as needed in the future.” The Mayor said more than 35,000 meals have been delivered since March 17 at multiple locations around City.

Parks and Recreation Director Kelley said beginning today and Thursday this week, two sites – the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center on North Madison Street, and Youth Empowerment on Sycamore Street – will start providing dinners on a trial basis between the hours of 4:30 and 5:50 p.m. A complete list of distribution sites is as follows: 

3rd and Connell Park 3rd and Connell Streets 10 – 11:30 a.m.
4thand Rodney Tot Lot 300-398 North Rodney Street Noon – 2 p.m.
Ark South Learning Center 601 South Heald Street 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Ark Summer Camp 534 Vandever Avenue 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Beacon of Hope 4001 North Market Street 11 – 1 p.m.
Brown Chihocki Park 9th Avenue and Duncan Streets 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Clifford Brown Walk Clifford Brown Walk and 9th Street 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Eastlake Park 30th and North Madison Streets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Father Tucker Park 9th and North Scott Streets Noon – 2 p.m.
Helen Chambers Park 6th and North Madison Streets Noon – 2 p.m.
Howard High School 1300 Clifford Brown Walk 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Johnny’s Market Parking Lot 1116 Maryland Avenue 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kingswood Community Center 2300 Bowers Street Noon – 2 p.m.
Kosciusko Park South Broom and Maple Streets Noon – 2 p.m.
LJ’s Playpen Academy, Inc. 2601 Carter Street Noon – 2 p.m.
Michael’s Playground Stroud and Wright Streets 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Neighborhood House Inc.Southbridge 1218 B Street 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
One Love Park 24th and Tatnall Streets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Police Athletic League 3707 North Market Street 10 – 11:30 a.m.
West End Neighborhood House 710 North Lincoln Street 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center 501 North Madison Street Tues. / Thurs. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Woodlawn Library 2020 West 9th Street 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Youth Empowerment 1009 Sycamore Street M/W/F 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Tues. / Thurs. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.




4th & Rodney Tot Lot is a "Grab and Go" distribution location in West Center City, Wilmington.


"Grab and Go" meals being handed out at the 4th & Rodney Tot Lot in West Center City, Wilmington.


John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

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