Social Ministries

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There are many agencies, organizations, and churches that provide social ministries in the State of Delaware. While the lists below are broad, it does not reflect each one. More information can be found at or by calling 2-1-1- or 1-800-560-3372. Text your Zip Code to 898-211.


Emmanuel Dining Room – Emmanuel Dining Room offers daily nutritious meals served at no cost, no questions asked. The program operates at three locations:

  • Emmanuel Dining Room East
  • 226 North Walnut Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19801-3934
  • Tel: 302.652.2577
  • Emmanuel Dining Room West
  • 121 North Jackson Street
  • Wilmington, DE 19805-3670
  • Tel: 302.652.2576
  • Emmanuel Dining Room South
  • 500 Rogers Road
  • New Castle, DE 19720-1398
  • 302.577.2951

Food Bank of Delaware

  • Provides nutritious foods to Delawareans in need and facilitates long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy.

Food PantriesListed by city in Delaware

Home Delivered Meals

  • Nutritionally balanced hot meals for homebound persons 60 and over or adults with disabilities 18 and over

Meals on Wheels

  • Delivery of a nutritious meal, friendly volunteer visit, and safety check help seniors cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation, and loss of independence.

SNAP Benefits (formerly called Food Stamps)

  • To learn more about SNAP or apply for benefits



AIDS Delaware Inc.

  • Services and support for AIDS patients

Community Health Centers

  • Located in each county for under-insured/uninsured patients with a sliding fee scale based on income

Delaware Medicaid

  • Medical assistance to eligible low-income families and aged, blind, or disabled persons with low income

Free Clinics in Delaware

  • There are 30 free clinics in the state of Delaware. They are listed by city name on this website

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

  • Federal government agency improving access to health care services for families and individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, medically vulnerable, or who need assistance with paying their medical bills. The agency coordinates with local clinics around the country to assist low income families.

Help Paying Medical Bills

  • Resources for assistance programs

Supports and Services for Caregivers

  • Support options and resources

Uninsured Health Care Programs

  • A range of health care services for low income and uninsured residents of Delaware


The Sheraton along Interstate 95 south of Wilmington has been sold to serve people experiencing homeless. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)

Code Purple Hotline for those experiencing homelessness. 302-519-0024

Wilmington Code Purple shelter shifts to winter-long hotel stay

When temperatures dip to 20 degrees or if the wind chill hits 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the city will declare a Code Purple Alert, activating the shelter’s overnight accommodations for those needing a place to stay. Volunteers prepare soup and sandwiches and offer hospitality to those coming in from the cold.

The Code Purple program will be run out of a former Sheraton Hotel recently purchased by New Castle County. “It’s now called the New Castle County Center of Hope, or Hope Center,” she said. “This will replace all of our winter programming this year, including Code Purple and our weekend winter sanctuary. So therefore, instead of offering specific nights of shelter, we will now have shelter available throughout the winter.”

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