Deanna and Justin In The Morning

5:30am - 10:00am

Deanna & Justin in the Morning kick off WJBRs Annual Turkeython at Acme in Hockessin

Mix 99.5 WJBR’s Annual Turkeython Will Feed Over 500 Families! Every year, Mix 99.5 WJBR hosts their annual Turkeython fundraiser to benefit the Ministry of Caring.

This year, they collected 607 turkeys and thousands of side dishes!

Not only will they be able to feed the 500 families that are anticipated to visit the Emmanuel Dining Room, but some of the homeless population as well.

The Ministry of Caring typically feeds 300-400 people daily. Around the holidays, they see an uptick in that number. The number has grown due to the pandemic.

So many people in our area are food insecure. Most don’t talk about needing assistance.

Thanks to the many partners that helped make this day possible. See for more recaps, photos, videos, and thank you messages.

Gallery: WJBR's Turkeython 2022


The Ministry Of Caring And The Emmanuel Dining Room

Every day of the year, guests of Emmanuel Dining Room are seated in a clean, cheerful dining room and served a nutritious meal in restaurant fashion. An average of 550 meals are served every day. All who come through its doors are warmly welcomed, and there are no questions asked.

Emmanuel Dining Room helps alleviate the immediate needs of Delaware’s hungry with nutritious meals served at no cost. The program operates at three locations in economically depressed areas of Wilmington and New Castle, Delaware. At the heart of Emmanuel Dining Room lies the faithful ongoing support of members of nearly 100 churches, synagogues, businesses, and civic groups who prepare and serve meals on a rotating basis.

Donate food

Bring food donations to Emmanuel Dining Room West at 121 North Jackson Street between the hours of 7:30 AM and 2:30 PM, or call Program Manager ReeNee LaFate to arrange a delivery time. ReeNee can be reached at (302) 652-3228.

Click here to see Title 10 Section 8130, “Exemption from liability for donation of prepared food.”

Donate through agencies

You may designate donations to the Ministry of Caring by contributing through United Way at your workplace. Nearly one-third of Emmanuel Dining Room’s operating budget is provided by United Way and Combined Federal Campaign of the Chesapeake Bay Area. On the pledge form, please use the EDR Direct Designation Number, 0295.

To donate to EDR through the Combined Federal Campaign (Chesapeake Bay), select 63380.


There are many ways to fundraise for Emmanuel Dining Rooms:

  • Throw a can-raiser! Create an event with an admission price of one canned good. Bring the proceeds to EDR West.
  • Make bagged lunches together with your company or organization.
  • Try Cooking for a Cause — Team build with your group as you compete in challenges, cook food together, and give back to the community. Details can be found on their program’s website here.

Mix 99.5 WJBR’s Annual Turkeython Will Feed Over 500 Families!