What a fun and busy day we've had at Food Bank of the Rockies!  Because of the generosity of everyone who contributed funds at King Soopers to 9Cares Colorado Shares last fall, we were able to distribute nearly 91,000 pounds of food to 95 local hunger relief agencies!  Thank you!!

And another big thank you goes out to all the staff and volunteers who went over and above their normal tasks to help get all those orders pulled and loaded in 5 hours!

We are so blessed to live in such a generous community. 

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Chris Taylor, Agency Relations Manager, checks off food items for an order

 

 

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Meggan helps a volunteer pull an order

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Meggan and Adena are still smiling after 5 hours pulling orders.

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Diane pulling one of the last orders of the day

Fighting Hunger at the Capitol

For the past few years, we've been fortunate to benefit from the generosity of some of our favorite chefs, farmer, ranchers and legislators' generosity and talents.  On March 19th, our own Kevin Seggelke accepted a HUGE check (as you can see below) from the Colorado Ag Council downtown at the beautiful Capitol building.  We were lucky enough to sample to delectable eats provided by local chefs and hear from our friends, Adele & Mark from 9NEWS.  Click HERE for the Denver Post's summary of this awesome day.  It's definitely one we look forward to every year!   

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We're thrilled to thank the following in-kind donors from this awesome event:  Colorado Egg Producers - $35,000, ConAgra/CO Wheat - $28,800, Western Dairy/CO Dairy - $2,000, Western Sugar/CO Sugarbeet - $250.  Special thanks to the following cash contributors, totaling $12,300:  COBank, College of Ag Sciences, CO Ag Experiment Stations, CO Cattleman’s, Colorado Corn Adm Cmte, Colorado Department of Ag, CO Farm Bureau, CO Onion Assoc, CO Pork Producers, CO Potato Area II, Colorado State Grange, CO Veterinary Medical, CO Wool Growers, Robert T Sakata, Rocky Ford plus five RFG farms, Monsanto, Premier Farm Credit, RM Buffalo, RMFU, Rocky Mountain Food Ind Assoc, United Power and Werner Ranch

All in all, $78,500 was donated to Food Bank of the Rockies and our neighbors in need as a result of the generosity of The Colorado AG Council!  Awesome. 

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If you're just now meeting Derek McKee, you're in for a treat. Derek, a senior at Heritage High School, has been taking the magic world by storm and gets to rub elbows with famous folks like Lance Burton and David Blaine.  Travelling the world, sharing his magic and positive energy, he's already an acclaimed, award-winning magician. But when you meet him, what really stands out about Derek is his genuine, down-to-earth compassion for those who are less fortunate.  He'll tell you about how he spent a scary night on skid row with a team of people to gain a deeper understanding of what it's like to be homeless. He'll talk about the work he does as a board member with Little Red Wagon Foundation and some of the homeless teens he's met while helping this organization. It's obvious he really cares about making the world a better place.

And today, he's decided to raise awareness for teen homelessness and hunger in Denver. He's living downtown on the 16th Street Mall, spending 6 nights and 7 days in a homemade plexiglass box.  His efforts will provide non-perishable food for Food Bank of the Rockies and funds for Little Red Wagon Foundation. 

If you'd like to support Derek, please stop by his temporary home at 16th and Glenarm Place. Bring a can of food and share a smile. You might even be treated to a magic trick or two for your kindness. Derek plans to live in the box until next Wednesday morning. Follow his journey on Twitter, #247Denver, @Derek_McKee.

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5th Grader Collects Quarters

Tyler wanted to organize a lemonade stand to raise money for those in need in his community, but the weather didn't cooperate.  Instead, he and his mom found information on Food Bank of the Rockies' website about our friend Kate.  Have you met Kate yet?  You can meet her here!  Tyler decided to host a Quarters for Kate drive  and proudly gathered over $62 to fight hunger in Colorado.  That hard earned money will provide 248 meals for our neighbors in need.  Way to go Tyler!!!!  We're honored to work with awesome kids like you.  

 

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8 Year Old Biker Making A Difference

Check out what 8 year old CJ is doing to make a difference in the world.  He's pretty amazing and encourages other kids to use their talents and hobbies to help others.  What do YOU enjoy doing that could be a cool way to give back?  

Click here for the article about CJ!

Welcome Kids!

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Kung Food Fighter GirlHey kids!  We're Chop Suey and Chop Louie and we're pumped about our new Kung Food Fighters Kids Club!  Hopefully you're going to join us and sign up to be a Kung Food Fighter.  Did you know that one out of every seven Coloradans don't know where their next meal is coming from?  One of four kids, just like you, are hungry!  That makes us really sad, but through the help of our Kung Food Kids, we're going to kick hunger to the curb.  There is a ton of info and activities on our website to get you started in fighting hunger in your communities and making a difference for our neighbors in need.  Thanks for joining us and check back soon for lots of cool information about all the good things kids are doing in this world.  

Peace out!

Chop Suey & Chop Louie 

Faces of Food Bank: Adena

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Adena is responsible for working directly with our 1,000+ agency partners.  She works hard at recruiting new agencies, monitoring current agency compliance with food safety certification, coordinates product recall info and many more agency... related tasks.  You can find Adena near the agency order window in the heart of our Denver warehouse.  One of her favorite aspects of working at FBR is the integrity and commitment of our staff in getting food to our neighbors who need it.  She loves reading biographies of international figures and hanging out with her niece and nephew.  It’s her dream that someday you’ll find her spending a month exploring Rome.

Welcome to the Kung Food Fighters Kids Club!

We'll have lots of exciting information for kids here soon!

Wells Fargo Advisors Making a Difference

Food Bank of the Rockies is excited to announce a gift from our longtime friends at Wells Fargo Advisors! They recently granted FBR with $25,000 and as a result of so many recommendations from Wells Fargo Advisors, an additional $2,600 was included with that grant. One in seven Coloradans don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Over 110,000 meals will be provided to our neighbors in need as a result of Wells Fargo Advisors’ generosity.  Since 1991, Wells Fargo has contributed over $215,000 to Food Bank of the Rockies. We're so honored to work with these generous folks and so many others who share in their spirit of giving.