A Presidents’ Day Message from our President and CEO

cropped_headshot_webWe honor our Presidents this month because they’ve been charged with leading our country and regardless of your political persuasion; we can all agree this is no easy task.  As President and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies, I have the task of leading our organization to mission accomplished.  Our mission states, “We will end hunger by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry, through our programs and partner agencies.” And we know this also is no easy task.

When we look back over the years, Food Bank of the Rockies can proudly say we’ve grown to distribute more pounds and feed more people today than ever before, more than doubling what we distributed just six years ago. We know this is due to the generous contributions of funds, food and time from our community and the mission driven work of our team at the food bank.  For everyone’s efforts, we are truly grateful!

But we also know this is still not enough to accomplish our mission.  1 in 7 Coloradans are struggling to put food on the table. Nearly 1 in 4 kids live in homes where they don’t have enough to eat.  And during these cold winter months, almost half the clients receiving food through our programs and partner agencies are deciding whether to heat their homes or eat a meal. These heartbreaking statistics mean our work is not done.  And with more cuts coming to SNAP, we anticipate even more clients turning to food pantries in their time of need. We’ll continue to fight hunger we need you to stay in the battle with us.

How can you make a difference?  I like to bring up the visual of a three-legged stool. If any legs are missing or shorter than another, the stool can’t stand.  Our stool’s legs are funds, food and time.  We need all three to keep standing strong.  Funds come from individuals, corporations, foundations, grants and estates.  Every dollar we receive becomes 4 meals or 5 pounds of food.  Food comes from our retailers, farmers, ranchers, wholesalers and community. And time can come in the form of volunteering at the warehouse, making a call to your congressperson, participating in our events, “liking” our Facebook page, following us on Twitter and LinkedIn, signing up for our emails and even reading our blog posts.

With continued contributions of funds, food and time, we’ll keep on fighting and we thank you for being one of our soldiers! Every effort means kids like Jeff will have a warm dinner at a Kids Cafe.  Seniors like Marjorie won’t have to choose between taking medicine and having enough to eat.  And pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other programs will continue to feed those who walk humbly through their doors, asking for something to eat.

We’re glad you’re thinking about us and reading this message. We appreciate you!

Warm regards and Happy Presidents’ Day,

Kevin first name tight

 

First Graders Help the Food Bank Provide 828 Meals!

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Peabody Elementary first grade classes greeted us with a warm welcome last week. Over the holidays, the three classes participated in the Kung Food Fighters Kids Club's Quarters for Kids  campaign. The students raised $207.05 which translates to 828 meals!

We visited the school to pick up the coins and had a chance to talk with the students.  When asked if they had to do anything special for their quarters, many said they cleaned their rooms, raked leaves, helped with the dishes, walked the dog and even helped out their neighbors!  These bright kids were quick to say what it feels like to be hungry and shared how tummies growl and it's just "terrible"! They learned that many people can be hungry and it's hard to tell if someone is struggling to find food just by looking at them.

We appreciate the wonderful team of teachers who decided to team up with Food Bank of the Rockies and were moved to see everyone’s enthusiasm about the project.  Thank you Peabody Elementary for your warm welcome and big hearts.  We appreciate your efforts to help us Fight Hunger and Feed Hope!

Want to learn more about the  Kung Food Fighters Kids Club? Visit our webpage or email kidsclub@foodbankrockies.org.