Local home builder distributing food to hundreds in need
SEAFORD, Del. – Hundreds of cars filtered through the Seaford Middle School parking lot on Tuesday afternoon and like clockwork their trunks were filled with bags of groceries.
“We have had an initiative, since the coronavirus started, to help feed families in need,” says Alyssa Titus, the marketing director for Schell Brothers.
The Schell Brothers are well known home builders on Delmarva but when they’re not on a construction site, they can be found wherever their unique black school bus is parked.
“Our Project Kudos bus goes out and spreads positivity during normal times. So we saw this need and decided that we could fill the gap,” say Titus.
The bus traveled to the Seaford School District for the first time on Tuesday and the visit was highly anticipated. “The Schell Brothers company reached out to us about a food giveaway and they wondered if we could handle the amount of food that they had. And clearly we could,” says Dr. James Bell, the director of student services for the Seaford School District.
About 250 families came out for the giveaway, many showing up hours ahead of time. “We are trying to get food to families where maybe the food bank can’t serve or they’re underserved with other resources. And we knew there was a huge hole in this part of the county and I think that was proved positive today because you saw the massive amounts of food we moved in about an hour,” says Titus.
A company usually responsible for putting roofs over peoples’ heads is now taking it upon themselves to help feed their neighbors during such an uncertain time.
“It’s been one of the most rewarding things about this. It’s really awesome. The community people have really bonded and come together and there’s no pretense. Everybody just has the same goal in mind and that’s to get people who really desperately need food, the food they need,” says Titus.
After seeing how many families were in need, the Schell Brothers plan on bringing the Project Kudos bus back to Seaford to help even more people.
Titus says the Harry K. Foundation has helped fund the food distribution which has delivered one-hundred thousand pounds of groceries so far. They’re on the road every week, Tuesday through Friday. They plan on adding personal hygiene products to the bags in the coming weeks.
To learn more about Project Kudos and where the bus is scheduled to be in the future: click here.