Blue Hen Bounty was created in 2016 by a group of senior members of Episcopal Campus Ministry. At the time, the pantry was a single storage unit with various canned meats, vegetables, and fruits, along with several single-serve meals. Over the past 5 years, with support from the St. Thomas's Episcopal Church parishioners and members of the University of Delaware, Blue Hen Bounty has grown. We currently have 5 storage units that are constantly being refilled by donations from parishioners and generous members of the University of Delaware. Our pantry now holds various canned products, along with pasta, spaghetti sauce, nonperishable breakfast foods, peanut butter and jelly, and several personal hygiene products.
Blue Hen Bounty has been supported by St. Thomas's Episcopal Church and it's parishioners since its creation. Now, much of the help we receive has come from the Rector Father Howie and the Church Secretary Cana.
As the coordinator of Blue Hen Bounty, we have been able to develop leadership skills in a way that matters to us. BHB has allowed us to learn about the prevalence of food insecurity in, not only on UD's campus, but also in the world. We have been so grateful to have the opportunity to share this knowledge with others while helping those most in need.
Food isn't just for filling your stomach; it is how we celebrate, explore other cultures, join with friends, and so much more. This food isn't just about scraping by and surviving, but also contributing to dignity and happiness. Being a part of BHB, I have been reminded of ALL of the nourishment that food provides to the body, mind, and soul.