IRSD has one more Food Pantry weekend

Families of Indian River School District students can still access the district’s free food pantry for one more week before the winter holiday. The IRSD Parent Center Food Pantry will be open on Friday, Dec. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the G.W. Carver Center in Frankford.


Typically open each Friday during the regular school year, the food pantry will be closed for several weeks during the winter break.


“It’s a great time to stock up, since the children will be home from school, and they will not be receiving school lunches. We really hope to fill that gap … so they still get nutritious food,” said Michele Murphy, coordinator for the IRSD Adult & Community Education.


Adults must have a student enrolled in the Indian River School District in order to use this food pantry. They can “shop” at the food pantry once per month, choosing their own items. There is no preregistration required. They only need to bring a state-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or other Delaware official identification.


Each household can take home 30 pounds of food and 5 pounds of household items, such as “deodorant, shampoo, diapers … and we are well-stocked, because people have been so generous,” Murphy said. “During the holiday season, the schools do food drives, the churches do food drives.”


Next door in the same building, the public can also visit the Thrifty Eagle, a retail thrift store run by the students of the Howard T. Ennis School. Goods available for purchase at bargain prices include holiday decorations, new or used clothing for men, women, children and babies, purses, jewelry, shoes, home goods, appliances, picture frames and home décor. The Thrifty Eagle is typically open during the school year, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Both services are located at the street entrance of G.W. Carver Education Center, 30207 Frankford School Road.


For more information on donating or receiving food pantry items, contact Michelle Murphy at (302) 436-1000 or


The community can also take advantage of other services, including college application help and low-cost adult education and fitness classes. The “Adult & Community Education” website is located under the “Departments” tab at


By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter