Food drive yields 2,600 items

HARRINGTON — Harrington Raceway and Casino partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford branch for what they called “an enormously successful food drive.”

The third annual “Give and Receive Day” held on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, aimed to build on the success of past food drives.

According to Matt Sparacino of the Harrington Raceway and Casino, the event was met with an outpouring of community support.

Lines of those supporting the cause began forming nearly an hour before the 11 a.m. scheduled start time outside the casino’s gold room.

Customers were asked to bring in three items from various food categories that were in demand from the Food Bank and the response was overwhelming.

Approximately 2,600 items were donated, filling nine bulk palette boxes. Requested items included peanut butter, tuna fish, canned meats, cereal, pasta, shelf stable milk and canned fruits and vegetables.

“We can’t thank Harrington Raceway and Casino enough for hosting this wonderful promotion,” said Food Bank of Delaware’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Chad Robinson. “It underscores their strong commitment to helping those in need. The Food Bank of Delaware appreciates their support, not only in this, but in their regular volunteer visits and deep involvement in our Culinary School.”

Harrington Raceway and Casino Chief Executive Officer Patricia Key was just as happy at the outcome of the event.

“We were delighted to be able to host another successful food drive to benefit a terrific cause. The outpouring of contributions could not have been achieved without the cooperation of our customers and team members.”

Harrington Raceway and Casino has maintained a strong partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, including a a team of employees who volunteer with the organization on a regular basis, according to Mr. Sparacino. Five students from the most recent two classes of the Food Bank’s culinary program have also been hired by the Harrington Raceway and Casino The class consists of a 14-week program of developing skills and -passion for the culinary arts. The final two weeks of the program are internship- based and provide hands-on experience for the students.

“In the casino’s continued commitment to involve ourselves in our community, the Food Bank in one of my favorite partners for what they do for the people of Kent and Sussex County,” said Harrington Raceway and Casino’s COO of Hospitality Hank Rosenberg.

“Not only are we excited to be able to collect all of this food for them, we are proud that a number of our management volunteers at the Food Bank and also of our relationship with their culinary program. It is really eye opening the hunger that exists in lower Delaware and the number of children and adults that depend on the Food Bank for their basic meals that most of us take for granted.”

While the food drive was the most recent of the company’s charitable endeavors, the Harrington-based casino also had similar drives to benefi t USO, Toys for Tots and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in 2016.

For more information on the Food Bank of Delaware, visit

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