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A new group of volunteers helped us ring in Warehouse Wednesday this week.  A team of hardworking employees from the newly formed Ardent Mills sorted food, filled orders and even paired up some donated crutches.

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Ardent Mills, the largest flour miller in the U.S., combines the operations of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a joint venture of Cargill Inc. and CHS Inc.

Our food bank has benefited from contributions of food and funds from these organizations for many years, so when the new venture selected Denver for its headquarters, we were very excited. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Dye, Ardent Mills CEO, who shared his thoughts about how the organization plans to give back to our community.

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We’re so grateful for our new neighbor, Ardent Mills and their commitment to help us feed the community.  Thank you to all the team members who rolled up their sleeves and volunteered with us. Welcome to Denver. We looking forward to many more opportunities to work together!

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Summer Hunger? CenturyLink “Can” Help!

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In 37 states across the country, CenturyLink team members were brainstorming  ways to make summer a little brighter for their hungry neighbors, through the 2014 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive, Denver area employees participated in the 3rd Annual CenturyLink Can-Sculpture Challenge.  Teams were asked to create designs around the theme of “Front Range Food Fight” (Colorado landmarks made out of food). 4 teams participated and the winning design, the Bronco's stadium, was selected based on employee votes. CenturyLink will make a donation in the amount of $1,000  to Food Bank of the Rockies in recognition of the winning team.

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Instead of purchasing food at retail for their challenge, the teams worked with Food Bank of the Rockies to stretch their dollars further, using funds to “purchase”  most of their can structure food from us. They also set up a virtual food drive to collect additional funds,  with every dollar contributed totaling five pounds of food.

 

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Every year, CenturyLink holds a company-wide summer food drive to an effort to fight childhood hunger in the communities where they live and work.  They realize summer is a crucial time for many community food banks with children out of school, without access to school hosted food programs and many families struggling to put food on the table.

The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams foundation is graciously matching to local food banks, $1.00 for every pound of food donated this year, up to $1 million company-wide.

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Red Rocks, the 1801 California tower, Bronco’s Stadium (the winning structure) and a train, complete with dry ice “smoke” and a light competed this year.

Thank you CenturyLink for helping us feed hope this summer!

Thank You Buckley Air Force Base!

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Not only are these brave men and women serving their country, they’re also serving their community. Today in our warehouse, team members from the base volunteered to pull food orders, an important task to help us get food to our partner agencies and neighbors in need.

Pulling orders is a bit like shopping at a discount food warehouse. Items are listed on a pick-sheet and marked with the row, space and quantity requested. Volunteers locate the items and place the cases on pallets to be tagged and shrink wrapped when completed. It takes a bit of muscle, a bit of patience and a big heart. Wayne, one of the Buckley volunteers, informed us the base focuses on jobs, community involvement and significant self-improvement – i.e. the Whole Person Concept.

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The Buckley team volunteers several times a year; they have donated more than 3,000 hours and are always incredibly hardworking. We are so grateful to these kind-hearted servicemen and women for their service to their country and their volunteer service to our community and Food Bank of the Rockies.

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Thank you Buckley Volunteers! We think you’re awesome!

School is out and summer lunches are served!

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Food Bank of the Rockies will be providing nutritious lunches to kids across our service area all summer. We’re supplying food for more than 70 sites, to kids who might not otherwise have enough healthy food at home.

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Kids munched on hamburgers or sandwiches, strawberries, sweet potato fries, salad and milk at College View Elementary, while being entertained by Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Bronco Alumni, Ed McCaffrey, Darlene Barnes from the USDA and Tami Anderson from Western Dairy Association presented at the event.

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Food Bank of the Rockies provided the food for more than 200 children. Denver Public Schools, Colorado Department of Education, Denver Inner City Parish and Hunger Free Colorado also supported the event.

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Thank You CHS for Your Harvest for Hunger!

Last week we were extremely grateful to receive a generous contribution from CHS employees, customers and partners!

Everyone had a good time raising funds too. M&M Cooperative group held its first Cajun boil and mouse race in Yuma to benefit the Harvest for Hunger campaign. This event alone raised enough to provide 36,300 meals to  Food Bank of the Rockies! See photos from the event here.

Other events included food drives, grain donations, pie throwing contests, pancake breakfasts and dances.  Thanks go out to CHS employees, partners and communities who helped make this years’ Harvest for Hunger campaign an amazing success, resulting in more than 106,000 meals going out to our neighbors in need!

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l to r: Buck Boze (Food Bank of the Rockies), Jim Lengel (M&M Cooperative), Mel Domine (M&M Cooperative), Carolyn Arens (Grainland Coop) & Austin Tharp (Grainland Coop)

To see results from CHS Harvest for Hunger results from across the nation, click here. 

Look What Four 5th Graders Can Accomplish!

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Teachers from Brown International School reached out to us with four students wanting to learn about hunger and help those in need in our community.

At first the students were going to host a food drive.  After researching our website, touring our facility and learning about our Quarters for Kids campaign, part of the Kung Food Fighters® Kids Club, and how 25 cents contributed to FBR becomes a meal, they decided to collect quarters (and dollars) instead.  Over just a few weeks, these four enthusiastic kids raised enough money to provide 667 meals (the equivalent of 833 lbs) for kids and families in need!

Three of the four students stopped by to bring in their contribution and took a few minutes to tell us what they learned. They even made a video about their experience for the class.

We love it when kids want to help others and learn about hunger!  If your group, class or family would like to take a tour and help us fight hunger and feed hope, please visit our Kung Food Fighters® Kids Club page and reach out to us, kidsclub@foodbankrockies.org. We’d love to have you visit!