Ag Day is Awesome!

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Yesterday, we had the pleasure of representing Feeding Colorado to celebrate Colorado Agriculture Day, aka "Ag" Day. Colorado's diverse agriculture and food industry contributes greatly to our way of life and they are generous friends to food banks across the state. Our CEO, Kevin had the pleasure of speaking during the press conference, judging amazing culinary creations and celebrating the wonderful contributions made all year long to Feeding Colorado food banks and their partner agencies throughout the state.

“On behalf of Feeding Colorado, we are grateful for the generosity of the Colorado Agriculture Council and their continued support over the years,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies, the largest of five Feeding America member food banks that make up Feeding Colorado. “Feeding Colorado is dedicated to nourishing communities throughout Colorado by distributing food through our direct service programs and partner agencies. Far too many Coloradans struggle to put food on their tables and today’s donation will make a big difference for them.”

Because of their generosity last year, $973,000 in cash and in-kind contributions went a long way to help our hungry neighbors!  Thank you to everyone in the agricultural community for your continued support of our efforts to fight hunger and feed hope!

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22 Tons of Spuds!

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While we’re still sad the Broncos lost the Super Bowl to the Seahawks a few months ago, we do know it’s a good thing for the hungry people in the Pacific Northwest. Making good on a lost Super Bowl bet between Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and Washington State Potato Commission, a truckload of fresh Colorado potatoes is headed to our sister food bank in Seattle.  And win or lose, our Colorado potato growers decided it would be a wonderful thing to also feed the hungry right here at home.  What a treat to receive 44,000 lbs of Colorado potatoes freshly harvested from the San Luis Valley!

Produce is an important part of a healthy diet and potatoes are packed with nutrition.  We know these spectacular spuds won’t be in our warehouse long and soon will be part of a hearty meal for someone in need.

Thanks to both the Washington and Colorado potato growers for caring about hungry people in the community and a BIG thank you to our Colorado Potato Administrative Committee for sending over some of your bounty to help us feed our neighbors in need.

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Our friends at Arrow Electronics are no strangers to Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope! They’ve been volunteering since 2011, sharing more than 1100 hours!  And they've contributed funds for nearly 222,000 meals!  It’s exciting to know this dedicated company now has corporate headquarters in Colorado. We have a group that volunteers on a regular basis and last week we had the pleasure of meeting another team from the company headquarters, who joined us to pack USDA boxes for seniors. Their smiles and muscle power will help us pack close to 9,000 boxes to distribute to hungry seniors this month.

The food bank needs about 500 volunteers every week in our warehouse to help us fill orders, sort food, pack boxes, prepare Totes of Hope™ and cook meals for Kids Cafe.  Financial gifts keep our refrigerators cold, our shelves full and our trucks on the road picking up food. We couldn’t distribute more than 46.5 million pounds of food to feed hope in our community without help from generous individuals and corporations like Arrow Electronics.  A big thank you goes out to the  Arrow Electronics team for sharing your time, talents and contributions with Food Bank of the Rockies.  You are appreciated more than you can imagine!

Do you have an organization who would like to volunteer?  Learn more here!

Spring Break Can Be Heartbreaking for Hungry Kids

The clock springs forward and the days get longer. Green shoots pop up in the flower beds and the birds chirp a little louder, signaling a change in season.  Today is the first day of spring and for most of us, it’s a happy shift to warmer weather.  For many kids, it means a week off from school and a vacation from studies.

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But for 1 in 4 Colorado kids, it can also mean a vacation from school meals and after school feeding programs, which is no vacation at all. Having nourishment is critical for developing and growing kids. A child going hungry in this land of plenty is simply unacceptable, yet every day, there are too many children who don’t have enough food, especially during the breaks from school.

One of our volunteers recently shared her story with us. She said her parent made “bad choices” when she was a child, forcing her and her siblings to live in shelters and always wonder if they’d have a meal.  She remembers dreading school breaks because that could mean going hungry.  She also remembers getting food through programs like Totes of Hope™ - Children, After School Snacks and Kids Cafe.  “I was too little to really know where the food came from but I was always so happy to be able to eat a good meal or bring something home to share with my family. Now I know it come from places like Food Bank of the Rockies and I want to give back because I know how important those programs were to helping me succeed in life.”

You can help make sure Colorado kids have enough to eat this spring break and all year long by making a gift to our children’s programs and Fighting Hunger Feeding Hope. Thank you for caring about our hungry kids and their families. Hunger knows no season.  We appreciate your support!