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  • March 20, 2020 10:44 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 20, 2020 by Town Square Delaware) Longwood Foundation is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.   The Longwood Foundation has donated $1 million to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF). The fund was launched earlier this week as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative led by four major nonprofits to coordinate fundraising, grant making and volunteer activities related to the coronavirus crisis. The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), Philanthropy Delaware (PD) and United Way of Delaware (UWDE) are partnering to coordinate charitable resources to maximize impact statewide during this crisis.

    Longwood President Thère du Pont said he anticipates making additional contributions to the fund as the community’s needs progress.

    The DCF says a process for nonprofits wishing to apply for grants will be announced soon.

    Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to donate to this collective response. Donations can be made to:

    Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at United Way at UWDE.org/COVID19

    Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF at delcf.org/coronavirus

    The DCF says the partnership is seeking to align Delaware’s nonprofit community in a coordinated effort to alleviate the impact of the crisis in Delaware. This includes supplementing and supporting efforts of government, school systems and social service agencies, by generating funds and other supports, and by recruiting volunteers to address both the immediate and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Funds in support of the initiative will be particularly important in supporting nonprofits already on the front lines of helping society’s neediest, at a time when their own resources are under extreme duress. The DCF said catalyzing and coordinating volunteer efforts will also be critical in the days ahead.

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  • March 18, 2020 2:50 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 18, 2020 by Press Release) JP Morgan Chase is a Philanthropy Delaware Member -  JPMorgan Chase today announced a $50 million global philanthropic commitment to address the immediate public health and long-term economic challenges from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

    Funds will support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis through an initial $15 million commitment, including:

    $5 million to provide immediate healthcare, food and other humanitarian relief globally;

    $2 million to existing nonprofit partners around the world that are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in their communities;

    $8 million to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China and Europe.

    The remaining $35 million will be deployed over time to help the most vulnerable communities and people recover from the crisis and have an opportunity to benefit from future economic growth. The firm will lean into its core areas of expertise including financial health, jobs and skills, small business growth and neighborhood development and apply lessons learned from initiatives like AdvancingCities.

    “We are mobilizing the firm’s resources to support customers, employees and communities—especially the most vulnerable—in this time of crisis,” said Peter Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic region. “We are making immediate investments to help those most affected by humanitarian challenges and looking into sustainable and innovative solutions to help small businesses and underserved communities recover when the crisis subsides.”

    Providing humanitarian community relief

    To address the immediate humanitarian and healthcare crisis, the firm is providing $5 million to the following organizations focused on providing emergency medical supplies, food, and other critical health-related essentials:

    $2 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund supporting the World Health Organization, to provide essential supplies such as protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers, enabling countries to track and detect the disease by boosting laboratory capacity, and accelerating efforts to fast-track the discovery and development of lifesaving vaccines;

    $1 million to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help U.S. communities in need of critical food security through a network of 200+ food banks;

    $1 million to the GlobalGiving Foundation’s COVID-19 European Response Fund to assist vulnerable populations across Europe, focusing on communities where we do business;

    $1 million to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to provide immediate and mid-to-long-term healthcare and small business support, including the distribution of medical supplies in impacted communities across China.

    The firm is also matching employee donations to these COVID-19 relief efforts dollar-for-dollar. Employees have an opportunity to contribute to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund supporting the World Health Organization, Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, GlobalGiving Foundation’s COVID-19 European Response Fund, or the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation.

    Supporting small businesses and nonprofit partners

    JPMorgan Chase Institute research shows that 50 percent of small businesses have less than 15 cash buffer days, meaning the small business economy could be majorly disrupted by the current climate. The firm will promptly deploy $8 million, including $5 million in the U.S. and $3 million in international markets to support vulnerable and underserved small businesses in the following ways:

    Helping Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander owned businesses that may struggle to access capital and keep their doors open. This includes entrepreneurs that have participated in the firm’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund and Ascend in places such as Seattle, California and New York. Support will include working with local Community Development Financial Institutions that will provide low or zero interest loans and interest rate buydowns to help offset the costs of business slow-downs and unexpected challenges, as well as technical assistance support for issues like remote working capabilities;

    Supporting vulnerable, underserved and underrepresented entrepreneurs and small businesses across Europe and China to navigate and access available and emerging financial and non-financial support.

    The firm will also provide $2 million to existing nonprofit partners who are facing new challenges supporting vulnerable populations in response to COVID-19. The funds will go towards helping these partners maintain operational capacity as they adjust their programming and provide resources to support their remote working capabilities, resiliency planning, fundraising and communications.

    Long-term commitment

    Working closely with government, business and community partners, JPMorgan Chase will commit $35 million towards medium-to-long term challenges communities are likely to face as the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold. The firm will lean into its core areas of expertise to support the most vulnerable individuals, small businesses and communities as they face financial hardship and uncertain work opportunities, the shifting business landscape and increased pressure to access or maintain affordable housing. Existing nonprofit partners may need additional flexibility and support to meet the evolving needs of their clients, and the firm will continue working with them over the long-term to advance an inclusive economy.

    About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.7 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

  • March 18, 2020 12:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 18, 2020 by Press Release) Philanthropy Delaware is a proud partner with Members - the Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, and the United Way of Delaware. The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge. In Delaware, every sector of society is doing its part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, which causes the illness known as COVID-19. These necessary actions are driving massive changes in daily life, which are especially hard on children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors, most of whom lack essential resources, on a good day. 

    At the same time, as Delaware nonprofits race to address the immediate local consequences of the pandemic, they are tapping funds earmarked for other needs, compromising the network’s capacity to address the long-term consequences of the pandemic.

    The goal of this partnership is to align Delaware’s nonprofit community in a coordinated effort to alleviate the impact of the crisis in Delaware. We seek to do this by supplementing and supporting efforts of government, school systems and social service agencies, by generating funds and other supports, and by recruiting volunteers to address both the immediate and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.

    THE RESPONSE (Our “How”)

    A group of Delaware’s philanthropic and nonprofit leaders have launched a coordinated response, comprising four elements:

    Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
    United Way of Delaware (UWDE) has launched the Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, an initiative to raise and manage funds that 
    will address immediate needs resulting from the crisis. The fund will focus on alleviating the near-term impact of COVID-19 by working to supplement and support efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors. UWDE will work with Philanthropy Delaware (PD) and will house and manage this fund.

    Volunteer Coordination
    Through the Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, UWDE will coordinate COVID-19-related volunteer activities throughout the state, using its 211 platform.

    Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund
    The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund will target evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities, for the longer term needs of our community. The Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) will house and manage this fund. The DCF and PD will work with philanthropists to assemble funds for a collective response. This response will be coordinated with the activities of Delaware Does More.

    Assessing & Strengthening Nonprofits to Respond
    The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) is assessing what nonprofit organizations require to be able to respond successfully to community needs as the long-term impact of the pandemic evolves. Armed with the information from DANA’s assessment, the DCF, PD and UWDE will work together to allocate the charitable dollars to have the greatest impact throughout the state.

    Throughout this difficult time, United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Community Foundation, Philanthropy Delaware and the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement will coordinate with each other, and with other nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and individuals to ensure a comprehensive response throughout the state.

    Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative

    For information about or to contribute to either or both funds, visit uwde.org or delcf.org/coronavirus. For nonprofits wishing to share information for the DANA survey, visit https://www.questionpro.com/t/ALTU4ZgwmL

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  • March 18, 2020 8:10 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 17, 2020 by Bank of America Press Release) Bank of America is a Philanthropy Delaware Member. Bank of America today announced it is committing $100 million to support local communities in need as the world faces unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus. The funds will help increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, increase access to learning as a result of school closures, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

    “We must all work together as one global community – public and private sectors, as well as individuals – to address this healthcare and humanitarian crisis,” said Brian Moynihan, chairman and CEO of Bank of America. “As the needs in our local communities continue to rapidly escalate, we must take swift action to provide resources where there are gaps, and help local communities protect their most vulnerable populations.”

    The majority of Bank of America’s funds will be distributed on the ground in local markets, focused on both immediate needs facing local communities and providing ongoing support in the months ahead. The company will also increase funding to several national and global organizations that are on the front lines, tackling the most pressing issues in local communities.

    “Building on the efforts of local, state and international governments, we are focusing our resources on the number one priority – looking after people,” added Moynihan.

    Bank of America

    At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

    Bank of America has delivered more than $2 billion in philanthropic investments since 2009, with approximately $250 million in 2019 alone. In April 2019, the company announced a $5 billion Bank of America Community Homeownership Commitment™ to benefit low- and moderate-income homebuyers and communities across the U.S. over the next five years. Also in 2019, Bank of America Community Development Banking provided a record $4.88 billion in loans, tax credit equity investments and other real estate development solutions. Between 2005 and 2019, Bank of America financed 202,800 affordable housing units. To meet the unique needs of its 12 million small business owners, the company provides advice, solutions and dedicated support. Bank of America maintained its position as the nation’s top small business lender at the end of 2019, with $38.9 billion in total outstanding small business loan balances (defined as business loans in original amounts of $1 million and under), up 7% year over year.

    For more Bank of America news, including dividend announcements and other important information, visit the Bank of America newsroom and register for news email alerts.



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    Liz Wright, Bank of America, 1.646.855.3302


  • March 11, 2020 8:20 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 10, 2020 by Delaware Business Times) ChristianaCare is a Philanthropy Delaware Member -  ChristianaCare will open a new primary care practice in a health care center to be built in the newly developing community of Whitehall.

    Whitehall, which hopes to become the state’s first new town in over a century, is being developed by construction firm EDiS Co. and developer Eastern States Group. It will be home to the Whitehall Wellness and Professional Center, officials announced Tuesday.

    The 20,000-square-foot center, designed by Architectural Alliance, will be built by EDiS across from the new 800-student Lorewood Grove Elementary School, which opened this school year in the Appoquinimink School District. The health care center is expected to open in 2021, according to officials.

    ChristianaCare will offer primary care at the Whitehall Wellness and Professional Center, plus additional health care services that are still being planned, officials said. It already operates a freestanding emergency department, outpatient care center and primary care office in Middletown a few miles to the south of the Whitehall location.

    ChristianaCare officials participate in a groundbreaking for the Whitehall Wellness and Professional Center. | PHOTO COURTESY OF EDIS

    “We are on a mission to deliver the right care, at the right place for everyone, in all the communities we serve,” said Mike Eppehimer, president of the ChristianaCare Medical Group, in a statement announcing the project. “Being situated in the center of Delaware’s newest walkable and bikeable community enables us to serve our neighbors in the most literal sense. We look forward to being expert, caring partners in health to the families of Whitehall and the surrounding neighborhoods.”

    ChristianaCare, which currently has 17 primary care practices throughout the region, will occupy 10,000 square feet on the ground level of the center. Additional tenants are expected to be announced soon, as EDiS is currently vetting proposals from other interested tenants.

    Whitehall, situated between Middletown and the C&D Canal, was designed by its founders as a mixed-use, walkable community. The wellness center and school will sit in the middle of the town to help promote its planning philosophy, officials said.

    “Along with my partners at EDiS and at Eastern States Development, we have been incrementally weaving together the fabric of a town that will last into the next century. We are honored that ChristianaCare supports our vision,” said Brian DiSabatino, president of EDiS, in a statement.

    By Jacob Owens


    Click here to read full article by Delaware Business Times. 

  • March 11, 2020 8:15 AM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 10, 2020 by CSR WireWells Fargo is a Philanthropy Delaware Member.      The Wells Fargo Foundation today announced up to $6.25 million in donations to support domestic and global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to aid public health relief efforts. The philanthropic funding includes $1 million for the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Relief Fund and $250,000 to the International Medical Corps for their work in more than 30 countries. The company will also donate up to $5 million at the local level to help address community-specific needs in the coming months.

    In addition, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is committed to helping customers experiencing hardships, including from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). If in need of assistance, customers can call 1-800-219-9739 to speak with a trained specialist to discuss options available for their consumer lending, small business and deposit products.

    “We recognize and appreciate the role of front-line health care providers as they apply their expertise on this fast-moving issue and care for the well-being of our communities,” said Bill Daley, vice chairman of public affairs at Wells Fargo and chairman of the board of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We also continue to monitor this situation closely for our employees, customers and the communities we serve and are prepared to adapt as needed.”

    The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use the donation to meet emerging needs, including additional support for state and local health departments, the global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, and critical response supplies, among other necessities.

    The International Medical Corps has more than 7,000 public health workers deployed against the coronavirus response across the globe and will utilize its donation to bolster staff training with clinical guidance and planning protocols on screening patients, enhanced infection prevention and control, and protections for health care providers.

    Wells Fargo has also activated assistance for employees via its WE Care Fund, which provides grants to Wells Fargo colleagues who face a catastrophic disaster or financial hardship resulting from an event beyond their control. This program is available to those affected by coronavirus and is intended to help team members, especially those with limited resources, get back on their feet with basic necessities.

    Wells Fargo recognizes the seriousness of concerns felt by customers and employees about the coronavirus COVID-19. The company’s first priority remains keeping Wells Fargo employees and customers safe and well informed, while continuing to meet the needs of its customers.

    About Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,400 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 32 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 260,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2019 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.


    Kim Erlichson, 201-463-4243

    Click here to read full article from CSR Wire. 

  • March 05, 2020 3:52 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 3, PND by Candid) The World Bank Group has announced that it is fast-tracking up to $12 billion in immediate financing for countries struggling to cope with the health and economic impacts of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Two-thirds of the initial package, some $8 billion, is new financing, including $2.7 billion from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). The total also includes $1.3 billion from the International Development Association (IDA) — complemented by repatriation of $2 billion of the bank's existing portfolio — and $6 billion from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), including $2 billion from existing trade facilities, to fund country-based responses to the epidemic in developing countries. With the goal of strengthening national health systems, IDA will provide grants and low-interest loans to low-income countries, while IBRD will make loans to middle-income countries, in support of efforts to safeguard people from the virus, strengthen disease surveillance, bolster public health interventions, and work with the private sector to reduce the impact of the virus on local, regional, and national economies.

    IFC also will work with commercial bank clients to expand trade finance and working capital lines while directly supporting corporate clients' efforts to maintain supply chains and limit downside risk, with a particular focus on medical equipment and pharmaceuticals.

    "We are working to provide a fast, flexible response based on developing country needs in dealing with the spread of COVID-19," said World Bank Group president David Malpass. "This includes emergency financing, policy advice, and technical assistance building on the World Bank Group's existing instruments and expertise to help countries respond to the crisis."

  • March 05, 2020 2:30 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg has used the 1 million Swedish Krona ($102,062) prize money she won in a recent award to launch a non-profit foundation.

    Thunberg received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “alternative Nobel prize,” in December and the organization behind the prize announced Thursday that she used her winnings to establish The Greta Thunberg Foundation.

    The young activist will focus her non-profit on promoting ecological and social sustainability, as well as mental health issues.

    The 17-year-old announced in January via Instagram that she had set up a foundation, adding that she had applied to trademark her name and the “Fridays for Future” movement she created.

    The Right Livelihood Foundation said that Thunberg transferred her prize money to establish the foundation, and the funds would also be used for its charitable purposes.

    Thunberg said her foundation was “strictly non-profit” and she had “no interest in philanthropy,” in her announcement in January. She explained that the foundation was needed for “handling money (book royalties, donations, prize money etc.) in a transparent way.”

    Thunberg received the Right Livelihood Award “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientist facts.”

    In addition to her this prize, Thunberg was also named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019 for her influential work on climate change and was the youngest person to receive the accolade.

    Thunberg shot to fame in 2018 for skipping school every Friday to hold a vigil outside the Swedish Parliament calling for action against climate change.

    Ole von Uexkull, executive director of the Right Livelihood Foundation, said both “urgent and long-term actions were need to stop climate change and create societies that are sustainable from multiple perspectives.”

    He added that mental illness was also a “growing problem around the world, which is often overlooked” and said that the Right Livelihood Foundation believed Thunberg’s non-profit would have “great impact and empower much-needed change.”

  • March 05, 2020 2:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (March 4, Cape Gazette) United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact Association are partnering to broaden the reach and impact of United Way’s Do More 24 Delaware initiative, a 24-hour statewide day of giving aimed at helping participating nonprofits generate unrestricted operating funds.

    The online fundraising blitz runs Thursday-Friday, March 5-6.

    The two agencies will jointly promote Do More 24 Delaware, and participating nonprofits will create customized pages on SI’s Delaware Gives online platform. This makes it easy for nonprofits to engage potential donors in all age groups and demographics, including millennials and young professionals, and to solicit and collect donations. In addition to what they raise from their supporter and peer-to-peer networks, participating nonprofits are eligible for incentive funds provided by foundation and corporate donors, bonus stretch pool funds and other cash incentives.

    United Way of Delaware President and CEO Michelle A. Taylor said, “The bottom line is this: we believe this new approach to Do More 24 Delaware will grow our audience, our response rate and our results. The nature of philanthropy has changed significantly over the last several years. While workplace campaigns remain an important part of United Way’s strategy, this new partnership improves our capacity to connect directly with donors and potential donors outside the workplace. We have significantly improved our access to a wider audience, especially millennials and young professionals, which is an audience that can be difficult to reach at the workplace level.”

    Taylor also noted that many corporate donors place restrictions on the use of their gifts to nonprofits, and Do More 24 Delaware is one way to generate support that can be used for general operating purposes.

    Spur Impact Executive Director Charlie Vincent said he is excited about partnering with United Way of Delaware to rally Delawareans around a large-scale philanthropic event. “Thousands of professionals live and work in Delaware and are looking for ways to get involved and make an impact in their community, often through nonprofit service. We see Do More 24 Delaware as a great opportunity to activate philanthropy among the next generation of donors and to provide the nonprofits serving Delaware with an easy and meaningful way to showcase their mission and raise real dollars in the process,” he said.

    Delaware is home to hundreds of unique, integral and lifesaving nonprofits, all of which are impacting Delawareans whether they realize it or not. All of them need more individuals, young and seasoned, to support their mission, join their boards, and raise their profile among the community.

    For information, contact Schlonn Hawkins at shawkins@uwde.org or Sarah Fulton at sarah@spurimpact.org.

  • March 05, 2020 1:00 PM | Philanthropy Delaware (Administrator)

    (February 24, Delaware Business Times) Dot Foods officially opened its $37 million redistribution center in Bear on Feb. 24, marking a homecoming of sorts for the 60-year-old, family-owned business.

    Dot (https://www.dotfoods.com/), the country’s largest food redistributor and a top 100 largest private company, leased a facility in Delaware from 1986 to 1994. It left to build a facility in western Maryland but came back to the First State when it was looking to build its 12th facility, CEO Joe Tracy said.

    “When you look at Delaware’s location in terms of the Interstate 95 corridor and access to the Port of Wilmington, it made an awful lot of sense from a logistics standpoint,” Tracy said, noting the company may move its port operations from New York to Delaware in the future. “We just came off one of our best years ever in 2019, but we’ve needed more capacity on the East Coast for quite some time.” 

    The 188,000-square-foot facility, located on 35 acres of land at 301 American Blvd. near the intersection of Red Lion and Wrangle Hill roads, includes offi ces; dry, refrigerated and frozen warehouse space; and a truckyard and garage to service the Dot fleet.

    The company broke ground on the site in October 2018, and to date has hired 88 people, including Class A CDL truck drivers, warehouse personnel, management roles and support staff. Tracy said that the Bear facility will employ 125 by the end of the year, with total employment targeting 200 by 2022.

    The L-shaped facility was built for the potential of future expansion, which Tracy estimated could someday push employment to 300 to 350 people. As  a redistributor, Dot buys full truckloads from more than 900 manufacturers nationwide and consolidates their products in distribution centers across the United States. It then resells these products in more manageable quantities to distributors, which include major names like Sysco, BFG and Aramark, Tracy said.

    The Bear distribution center will serve Dot’s distributor customers in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, officials said. Inventory may sit in the warehouse for days or even months depending on the product, officials said on a tour of the facility. Temperatures range from ambient in its dry goods to below zero degrees for its freezer.

    Notably, the company received a $1.1 million Strategic Fund grant from the state to build the facility and hire staff. It also received a five-year tax incentive deal (https://delawarebusinesstimes.com/news/dot-foods-approved-for-150k-ncc- tax-break/) worth up to $150,000 from New Castle County.

    Celebrating the grand opening was a panel of state leaders, including Gov. John Carney, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall- Long, U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Poore, State House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer.

    Carney told Delaware Business Times that he was excited to have an employer like Dot Foods, which offers wages and a benefits package worth $20,000 per employee, in Delaware. The company also proudly touted that it has never had a layoff in its history.

    “It’s really exciting for a facility like this that provides really good jobs for the part of our workforce that really needs jobs,” he said. “Jobs that can supply income with benefits that support their families.”

    The quality of the Dot jobs was something that Meyer echoed as well.

    “When you’re getting the best company in its vertical in the world to come to your state it means something,” he told DBT.

    While chemical engineering, banking, financial technology and legal jobs have long had a home in Delaware, Meyer said he wanted to create opportunities for all.

    “It’s important that we create jobs on all ends of the economic spectrum,” he said. “These jobs don’t require a college degree but after a few years as a truck driver, you can earn $100,000 a year.”

    Despite a growing number of distribution and logistics centers in New Castle County, including the now-announced Amazon facility at the former General Motors Boxwood plant near Newport as well as the under-construction Delaware City Logistics Park about a mile from the Dot Foods site, Meyer said that the local workforce can support more such facilities.

    “One thing that I’m hearing from logistics providers constantly is that they believe they can attract talent from the county, state and region to work here, and that’s a good thing,” he said.


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