New Castle County, DE Resources

New Castle County, Delaware Resources

Healthy Eating Resources

Food Access

Community Gardens

Community organized gardens provide locally grown fresh produce and promote a sense of togetherness and communal responsibility.

DE Center for Horticulture’s Urban Farm Program

1810 N. DuPont Street  Wilmington, DE  19806    302-658-6262

The DCH supports over 20 community gardens throughout New Castle County. Located in vacant lots and public spaces, these community spaces are as diverse as the neighborhoods they are found in.  http://www.thedch.org/what-we-do/community-gardens-urban-agriculture

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets offer a variety of fresh produce and are located throughout Delaware.  For a  location near you,  http://dda.delaware.gov/marketing/FarmersMarketsGuide.shtml

(For low-income residents):

Food Bank/Closets – A great resource for low income individuals; located throughout Delaware.  To find locations, go to http://www.delaware211.org/programs.php or call “2-1-1″ in Delaware.  To contact the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD), call 302-292-1305.  FBD also provides direct, individualized application assistance in order for clients to apply for SNAP benefits (see below).

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP is a federal assistance program for low-income residents.  To apply for the program, or locate a SNAP office near you, go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/outreach/states/delaware.htm

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)  – The Women, Infants and Children program provides nutritious foods to supplement the diets of low-income women, infants & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.  In addition, they offer nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to other healthcare providers, as needed.  http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/chca/dphwichominf01.html

City of Wilmington Winter Food Program – Provides breakfast, lunch and dinner at approximately 20 locations in the city from November through March.  Call 302-576-3844 for program details and specific locations.  http://www.ci.wilmington.de.us/government/parksevents

Nutrition Education

Check with your local hospital; many offer classes on nutrition topics such as weight management and diabetes.

(For low-income residents)

4H Nutrition Program; Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Nutrition assistants work with limited resource families with young children individually and in groups, teaching them nutrition, food safety and resource management. In the summer, youth between the ages of 8 and 12 are taught nutrition and food safety at summer camps.   Contact the New Castle County Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road Newark, DE 19716.  Phone: (302)-831-2506

http://ag.udel.edu/extension/ncc/4h/index.html

Food Bank of DE- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED)

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that people eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget. The Food Bank of Delaware’s Community Nutritionist and Nutrition Educators provide programs for adults that focus on diet quality and resources management and for children that teach healthy eating and simple cooking skills. Programs are offered throughout the state. In New Castle call: 302-292-1305.

Individual Nutrition Counseling

Many insurance companies are now providing reimbursement for nutrition counseling services, especially for diet-related conditions such as diabetes.  Check with your healthcare provider for a referral, or go to www.eatright.org to locate a registered dietitian in your area. Nutritionists are generally available to outpatients at local hospitals, and can also be found in WIC clinics, high school-based wellness centers, fitness centers and more.  In Delaware, individuals providing nutrition assessment and/or counseling must possess a state license.   More info. at https://dpronline.delaware.gov/mylicense%20weblookup/Search.aspx

Active Living Resources

Organizations

Community Organizations

YMCAs

YMCA programs promote good health, strong families, confident kids and solid communities.  Examples of programs offered include camps, after school programs, adult and family fitness, swimming lessons, sports programs and senior adult programs.  www.ymcade.org

Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Inc.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Clubs provide vital youth development services for more than 20,000 children ages six through 20. Throughout Delaware, there are 15 Clubs, 24 school sites, and five extensions conveniently located.   For more information, go to http://bgclubs.org/

City, County and State Recreation

New Castle County Recreation

The Department of Community Services provides a wide range of services that ensure places and spaces to live, learn, play, socialize and recreate.   Community Activity and Recreation Centers offer a wide range of free and affordable programs.  Go to http://www2.nccde.org/communityservices/documents/HappeningsGuideDocuments/CARC.pdf

Specific information about the “Live Healthy New Castle County” program can be accessed at  http://www2.nccde.org/LiveHealthy/default.aspx

City of Wilmington Parks & Recreation

The Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive programming that supports the wellness of City residents and provides recreational opportunities for City residents regardless of age or physical abilities.  http://www.ci.wilmington.de.us/government/cityrecreation The William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center offers recreational activities for Wilmington residents such as boxing, aquatics, game room, fitness weight center, gym, and summer camp.  Phone: (302)-571-4266

Schools Allowing Public Access to their Tracks (after school hours)

  • Brookside Elementary, Newark
  • Christiana High School, Newark
  • Downes Elementary, Newark
  • Newark High School, Newark
  • George Read Middle, New Castle
  • John G. Leach Playground Newark
  • William Penn High School, New Castle
  • Appoquinimick High School, Middletown
  • Brick Mill Elementary, Middletown
  • Brader Elementary, Wilmington
  • Brandywine High School, Wilmington
  • Concord High School, Wilmington
  • Dickinson High School, Wilmington
  • Mount Pleasant Elementary School,  Wilmington
  • Mount Pleasant High School, Wilmington
  • P.S. DuPont Middle School, Wilmington
  • Richardson Park Learning Center,  Wilmington
  • Springer Middle School, Wilmington
  • Stanton Middle School, Stanton
  • Tally Middle School, Wilmington

Parks

New Castle County Parks

A visit to your local park is a great way to enjoy physical activity outdoors.  Next time you visit your local park, be sure to take advantage of all the fun activities available.  For more information visit: http://www2.nccde.org/Parks/Locations/default.aspx

State Parks and Recreation

The Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation is a Division of the State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.  Delaware State Parks have programs unique to each park facility.  Examples include walking tours, kayak rentals/trips, and lots of outdoor family-friendly activities such as hayrides, moon walks and bird walks.   For information about the parks including locations, hours, programs, services, fees and amenities, go to www.destateparks.com

Trails

The following are a list of trails found throughout New Castle County that are great for walkers, bikers, and runners of all ages. For more information: http://www.destateparks.com → Click. “”sports & leisure activities” then ” Drop Down Box “”hiking”.  Each entry includes the following information (example):

Creek Road Trail, Brandywine Creek State Park

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilmington
Length: 2.8 total miles
Elevation: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level:  Moderate
Season: Year-round

Newark Reservoir

The newly constructed Newark Reservoir has a 1.8 mile paved walking trail around the perimeter. The site is connected to William M. Redd, Jr. Park to the north and has a wonderful view of the City and surrounding areas. http://www.cityofnewarkde.us Search: Newark Reservoir

Wilmington Riverwalk – This 1.3-mile riverfront path adjacent to the Christina River provides pedestrian access to attractions from Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park to the Shipyard Shops.

Delaware Greenways The Northern  Delaware Greenway Trail – A nine mile ribbon of green stretching from the Delaware to the Brandywine River.  Beginning at Fox Point State Park, along the Delaware River, and winding its way up through north Wilmington and on into downtown north Wilmington along the Brandywine Creek.  Monthly family-friendly guided walks are designed to explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of northern New Castle.    (302)-655-7275     http://www.delawaregreenways.org/whr.html

Trail Guides

The New Castle County website has maps for the following five trails:

  • Carousel Trail Guide, Newark
  • Iron Hill Trail Guide, Newark
  • Middle Run Trail Guide, Wilmington
  • Rockwood Trail Guide, Newark
  • Glasgow Trail Guide

http://www2.nccde.org

Trail Clubs

Wilmington Trail Club – Membership offers hikes, paddling, skiing and biking trips to its members.

www.wilmingtontrailclub.org

Bicycling

Bike Clubs

The Delaware Bicycle Council was established in May of 1990 by House Bill 505 to “”consider, review and work on matters pertaining to bicycling, bicycle safety and bicycle safety education.  For more information including local clubs, and live traffic → www.deldot.gov

Web Resources

http://getupanddosomething.org/ Sponsored by Delaware Health and Social Services, this site includes a local event calendar and lots of information about nutrition and physical activity.