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DHSS Press Release

Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: Jill.Fredel@delaware.gov

DPH Media Contact:
Mary Fenimore
Email: DPHMedia@Delaware.gov

Date: January 27, 2022


NEW CASTLE (Jan. 27, 2022) - The Division for the Visually Impaired announces a new partnership between its Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and Chick-fil-A. Starting Monday, Feb. 7, the Chick-fil-A food truck dispatching from the Camden, Del., store will make rounds at DMVs across Delaware.

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) is a federally authorized program that trains and licenses individuals who are blind or visually impaired to establish and operate food service business in public and private facilities. BEP works to broaden economic opportunities for Delawareans who are blind or visually impaired by creating snack bars, cafeterias, and vending route facilities on federal, state, and municipal properties. Under the law, the State Licensing Agency (SLA) is granted priority to operate vending facilities on federal and state property.

The Chick-fil-A and BEP partnership is the beginning of what the Division for the Visually Impaired hopes are several food truck ventures at DMVs and other federal, state, and municipal properties.

"We are very excited to provide excellent food and service to our local communities in partnership with BEP, while supporting Delawareans with visual impairment," Terry Donovan, Chick-fil-A Food Truck Director said.

"This is going to be a great partnership for the blind community as well as for Chick-fil-A," said Gary Pizzolo, a BEP vendor who is blind and co-chair of the Blind Vendor Committee. "By supporting the food truck and the vending machines at the state buildings, you are not only supporting vendors like me, but our families as well."

DVI is seeking additional food trucks to fill the schedule. If you are interested or know someone who is, call DVI staff at 302-255-9800.

The Division for the Visually Impaired provides educational, vocational, and technical support to empower and foster independence for Delawareans with visual impairments. To learn more, visit DVI's website.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.