Caroling on the Circle/Pack the Pod Food Drive

The ongoing global health emergency has made 2020 a year full of change. Changes to daily routines, personal habits, even time-honored traditions and events. Unfortunately, Sussex County's annual Caroling on The Circle event is no exception.

To ensure public safety and limit community spread of the COVID-19 virus, County Administrator Todd F. Lawson has announced that the 37th annual community singing event will be on hiatus this December. But the needs of our less fortunate remain, and Sussex County is still asking for your help to make this holiday season a bright one for those in need!

Beginning in mid-November and lasting through December 31, Sussex County will collect donated non-perishable items to distribute among nearly 20 pantries serving the public in our community. Since its inception in the 1980s, the Caroling on The Circle food drive has collected more than a quarter-million items to feed the hungry here in Sussex County.

This year, to make donations convenient for the public, the 2020 edition of the Caroling on The Circle campaign will include two different options for citizens to lend their support:

  • Food donations. These can be made anytime, 24 hours a day, outside the County Administrative Offices building, located at 2 The Circle, in downtown Georgetown. Receptacles, including a 14-foot-by-7-foot portable storage unit, will be placed outside the County complex, allowing the public to make ‘no contact’ drops throughout the holiday season. Staff will routinely collect items and ‘Pack the Pod’ before delivering food to pantries;
  • Monetary donations. For those who prefer to limit their public travels to make a physical donation, the campaign this year will accept monetary contributions as an alternative. Funds raised will be used to purchase food items through local suppliers to distribute among local pantries. Checks should be made payable to ‘Sussex County Council’ and mailed to Sussex County Government, c/o County Administration, PO Box 589, Georgetown, DE 19947. Donors should note ‘Caroling on The Circle/Pack the Pod food drive’ in the memo line.

Our community depends on your support. Let's dig a little deeper in our cupboards and our pockets to spread some much-needed cheer in 2020!