University of Delaware Alternative Breaks

2023 Programs

Unpacking Nutritional Access: Food Insecurity and Chronic Illness

Community Servings

Boston, MA

Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island that provides services for individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.  Community Servings’ goals are to help our clients maintain their health and dignity and to preserve the integrity of their families through culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs. Participants will be working in Community Servings’ kitchen and other local food pantries where they will prepare and package meals to be delivered to the community. They will learn more about issues of food insecurity, nutritional access, and building interdependent communities.

Site Leaders: James Kelly and Gabe Ma 


Reading Between the Lines: Literacy and Racial Injustice

Reading Partners

Baltimore, MD

Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. Reading Partners recognizes that literacy is a foundation for all future learning, and the ability to read transforms lives and empowers children and communities to reach their full potential. Participants will tutor multiple students each day in order to help children learn and improve their reading skills, while visiting various schools in the Baltimore area. The group will reflect on the intersections between racial injustice and educational inequalities, to further understand how systemic inequities may inhibit children’s success.

Site Leaders: Kaveri Srivastava and Adam Kerzner 


Affiliate Program (Blue Hen Leadership Program Alternative Breaks):

Deconstructing Systems: Housing Insecurity in New Bern, North Carolina 

Habitat for Humanity

New Bern, NC

Habitat for Humanity aims to provide decent, affordable housing for families and to support sustainable and transformative development. Habitat strives to build homes and communities and to promote the dignity and agency of homeowners. Homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and receive an affordable mortgage. Participants will assist in the construction of homes in the area of New Bern, NC. They will perform hard skills tasks to build more affordable housing for individuals and families experiencing economic inequality. Participants will discuss and reflect on the systems and policies that contribute to housing insecurity and economic disparities

**Must be enrolled in BHLP in order to participate**

Site Leaders: Tony Denney and Joseph Mild