By Freedman, Phil
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To help alleviate hunger in Delaware, Bank of America purchased a new Community Nutrition and Education truck for the Food Bank of Delaware. The truck will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday and Bank of America will present the food bank with a check for $75,000 to help support day-to-day operations of the truck. This is in addition to a $150,000 investment from the company last year to support the Food Bank’s purchase of the truck.
The 26-foot-long, multipurpose vehicle features a generator, roll-out grill, portable water tank and canopy. The new truck will enable the hunger relief organization to host mobile summer meal distributions for children, provide students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware an opportunity to sell food and hold cooking demonstrations at community events, distribute food through other mobile distributions and more.
The truck unveiling and check presentation will be held in conjunction with a mobile food distribution for close to 100 preregistered families from Wilmington. Twenty Bank of America employee volunteers will distribute emergency meal boxes filled with nonperishables, frozen items, baked goods and more.
Expect fatter, pricier wings for Super Bowl Sunday
On Super Bowl Sunday, expect two things when your order of chicken wings arrives: They’ll be fat, and they’ll be pricey.
First the fat part. American farmers are giving their chickens extra feed, taking advantage of plunging corn and soybean costs to help lift poultry production to a record.
But each chicken, of course, still only has two wings, regardless of its size. And the number of actual chickens slaughtered last year fell, causing a drop of about 50 million wings, government data show.
That smaller supply is what’s triggering the pricey part of the equation. The cost of wholesale wings sold by processors in Georgia, which sets the benchmark for the nation, has surged 8.2 percent this month to $1.715 a pound, the biggest jump to start a year since 2012.
Americans will consume 1.25 billion wings when game day arrives Feb. 1. That estimate, provided by the National Chicken Council, is unchanged from last year’s Super Bowl.
“Wings are just all over menus,” Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Chicago-based research firm Technomic Inc., said in a telephone interview Jan. 22. Demand for wings remains “very high with consumers because they’re customizable,” he said.