Food Closet History
In the 1960’s members of the United Methodist Women at St. John’s felt moved by God to reach out to others in need. Over the years, a food closet evolved, shelving was placed, and a freezer was purchased. The food closet in it’s early years began as a local church mission staffed by St. John’s members. Today the Seaford Community Food Closet operates with a far more developed volunteer base comprised of many partner churches, individuals, faith-based organizations, businesses and non-profit organizations.
The food closet is housed within St. John’s United Methodist Church, located at Pine and Poplar Street in Seaford, Delaware (2 Blocks north of High Street).
A cooperative Christ-centered ministry… “Providing emergency food relief to individuals and families encountering hardship in the greater Seaford area.”
The Seaford Community Food Closet is funded solely through food and monetary donations and is maintained 100% by volunteers. We served 1,100 families in 2012.
How To Donate
There are a varity of ways one can participate in this Christ-centered ministry.
To donate food, call St. John’s Church at (302) 629-9466. The church office will put you in touch with a Food Closet volunteer to coordinate a time to accept your food donations. Small donations may be dropped off at the church office located on the Pine Street entrance on the lower level.
To donate funds, checks may be written to the Seaford Community Food Closet and mailed to St. John’s UMC at P.O. Box 299, Seaford, DE 19973. All donations are tax deductible.
To become a volunteer, please call (302) 629-9466, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm to provide your contact information. A coordinator will call you with information concerning serving and training opportunities.
How To Receive Food
To receive food from the Seaford Community Food Closet you must obtain a referral from one of the following organizations below:
- Shipley State Service Center located at 350 Virginia Ave., Seaford, DE 19973. Call (302) 628-2000 Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.M
- Love INC. (302) 629-7050.
The Shipley Service Center or Love INC. staff will contact a Food Closet volunteer to arrange a time for you to meet them at St. John’s Pine Street entrance to the Fellowship Hall.
The person receiving the food will be required to sign a liability release form.
The person or family will be given an amount of food determined by the number of persons in the household.