March 10: CANR, Food Bank sponsor Think Spring Fling


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12:54 p.m., Feb. 23, 2011----The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Food Bank of Delaware will sponsor the second annual Think Spring Fling event on Thursday evening, March 10, in UD's Townsend Hall Commons, 531 S. College Ave., Newark.

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The event will feature homemade soups and bread made by members of the Culinary School at the Food Bank, live entertainment by Zach Ladin, and valuable information to help those who attend get their spring gardens growing, all while raising money to help end hunger in Delaware.

The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. The $25 entrance fee includes dinner and entertainment. A discounted student rate of $10 is also available. Students must present a current ID at entry to the event.

Reservations for the event are required by Thursday, Feb. 25, and can be made by contacting Kim Kostes of the Food Bank of Delaware at 302-444-8074 or []. Online registration is available at the Food Bank of Delaware website.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring a bag of nonperishables to help the Food Bank meet the increased demand for food assistance.

The Think Spring Fling is supported by UD's Garden for the Community, which is a cooperative partnership between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), the CANR Ag College Council, Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the Food Bank of Delaware.

Each year, more than 17,500 Delawareans turn to emergency food assistance. The Food Bank distributes 7-10 million pounds of food annually.

The Garden for the Community project uses a portion of UD's 350-acre agro-ecology teaching complex to raise fresh produce to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. Over three tons of produce from the garden were donated to the Food Bank in 2009, and close to five tons were donated in 2010.