Fall is almost here and what could be more comforting than a warm plate of macaroni and cheese? Colorado families facing hunger will be able to enjoy some soon, thanks to a generous donation of 40,000 pounds of fresh mac and cheese from Land O'Lakes.
“As a national, farmer-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes is committed to help the growing number of people who struggle to put food on their table,” said Land O’Lakes Foundation Executive Director Lydia Botham. “The First Run program provides a unique opportunity for Land O’Lakes to provide a fresh, nutritious product to families that can enjoy it.”
“1 in 7 people and nearly 1 in 4 children in Colorado don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. We are grateful to be able to share this generous donation from Land O’ Lakes with our neighbors facing hunger. It means so much to our organization, our partner hunger relief agencies and all the people we nourish. Together we can solve hunger.” said Kevin Seggelke, President and CEO, Food Bank of the Rockies.
The First Run program is part of Land O’Lakes’ Feeding Our Communities initiative. For more information on any of these programs, visit the Land O’Lakes Foundation web page at www.landolakesinc.com.
Today, we're distributing 170,000 pounds of food to 88 partner food pantries in the metro area. The food, purchased with $150,000, contributed by the community through donations to 9Cares Colorado Shares, including contributions at King Soopers’ registers, will provide about 142,000 meals to hungry men, women and children in our community.
Items included tuna, beef ravioli, black beans, diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and spaghetti, chocolate pudding, corn flakes, chicken noodle soup, rice, beef stew, quick oats, granola bars, peanut butter and jelly.
We know how important this food is to our partner food pantries, but rather than tell you, we had a chance to talk to Don Cadwallader, Driector of Fish of Westminster/WUMB. His pantry serves many families in need and he was happy to say thank you!
Know a family needing help? They can visit our pantry locator, type in their zip code and find food assistance nearby.
Five years ago, Mike Kosman and his family decided to share some of their land, resources and expertise to grow corn for the hungry. While we all still mourn the untimely loss of Mike, we are grateful he taught his family well and they continue the tradition, preserving his legacy to help others. The 5th Annual Food Bank of the Rockies Sweet Corn Charity Event was again tremendously successful.
More than 140 volunteers picked and filled 1,000 mesh bags with fresh sweet corn. And they did it, including helping to load our truck and in about three hours!
Thanks go out to all the generous people who donated time, land, supplies and seeds to grow 85,000 ears of corn for our hungry neighbors.
- Mount Calvary Chapel in Aurora
- Fort Morgan High School Football Team
- Performance Ag
- And everyone who contributed their time and resources!
Food Bank of the Rockies will distribute 70,000 ears and additional ears were donated locally to Keenesburg Food Bank and Fort Morgan Food Bank.
Sisters Charlotte and Claire wanted to help hungry kids. Together, with their mom, they baked treats and sold them to raise funds for Food Bank of the Rockies.
Charlotte baked cookies and cream cookies and lemon tarts and her sister baked sugar cookies. They came for a tour to see how their funds would help and learn a little more about hunger in our community.
Big thanks to the girls and their mom for caring about others. 160 people will enjoy a nutritious meal because of their kindness.
If you have little ones interested in giving back, please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club to get ideas on helping and activities to learn about hunger!
Who says you’re too young to make a difference? Certainly that’s not the case for students at Brighton United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School. VBS coordinator Deb Freidholm, shared with the students how the church participates in the Totes of Hope™ program for kids in need in the community and how it’s important to give back to families and friends who struggle with hunger.
The kids learned that even 25¢ could make a difference, since every quarter becomes a meal for someone who’s hungry. The students were sent home with empty milk cartons along with and a note to the parents, telling them about the Quarters for Kids Campaign.
“The group goal we set was $1200,” said LaVeta Lowrey, Outreach & Congregational Care Chairperson for the church. “Well... our kids are over achievers when it comes to such a great cause! We had a blessed VBS! And we gladly share our blessings with you, FBR!”
The Brighton United Methodist Church VBS raised enough money to provide not only the 4,800 meals set by their goal, but exceeded it by 1,752 meals,collecting enough to provide a whopping 6,552 meals for hungry men, women and children.
Thank you to the church and all the students and their families and friends for pitching in to help. Summer can be a rough time for hungry families and your generosity will help make the summer a lot brighter for our friends in need. We appreciate each and every one of you!
Sierra and Audrey
Not wanting to be outdone by little sister Audrey, featured in this post, 7 year old Sierra, along with her sister, held a "fabulous Spring Celebration", asking guests to bring food and fund donations to their party, even creating an invitation with Food Bank of the Rockies' logo.
The family stopped by the food bank for a tour and a chance for the sisters to see how the food bank would put their donations to good use, even giving them a quick glimpse of the big refrigerator on this warm spring day.
Thank you to Audrey and Sierra and their caring parents for working together to help FBR make sure no one goes hungry. You inspire us and are great examples of how we can all make a difference for hungry families!
Food Bank of the Rockies was delighted to be invited to the graduation ceremony at Patterson Elementary School in Jefferson County. The 3rd graders at Patterson learned about economics and giving back. They hosted a Teddy Bear Tea. The kids made Teddy Bears in art class and had the option of allowing their Teddy Bears to be auctioned at the tea party. They raised enough to provide 2,113 meals for the community. Wow!
Thanks to all the kids, parents and teachers for learning about giving back. Your efforts will make a big difference for hungry families this summer!
Teacher Ryan Livingston tells us about the school project.
5:07 PM on Thursday, April 28th, 2016No Comments
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially if you're a growing kid. This spring, Safeway and Albertsons' Denver Division volunteered to help pack Totes of Hope® for students at Swansea Elementary to celebrate a very generous and important gift for hungry kids. Most of the students at Swansea are on free and reduced lunch, living at or below the poverty level. These kids and many other food-insecure children across our service area will have extra breakfast food added to their totes this summer, thanks to the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The generous $100,000 grant will provide breakfast foods in all the totes we distribute this summer!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible for hungry kids. We appreciate you! And you can tell by the smiling faces, these little ones appreciate you too.
Ah, sibling rivalry! We love it when it leads to doing doubly good work for hungry families!
Carmen and Reese
Sometimes siblings can be a good influence on each other. And big sister Carmen was certainly that to her little sister, Reese. When Carmen decided to save some of her allowance to donate to the food bank, younger sister Reese didn't want to be left out, so she decided to help out too. The sisters and their mom came to FBR to make their donations and take a tour. Thanks Carmen, Reese and mom for helping to make Colorado a better place for hungry families. We are so grateful you care!
If you're family would like to learn more about how kids can make a difference, please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club for fun activities and ideas.
12:18 PM on Thursday, April 7th, 2016No Comments
Kids like Garrett give us hope for the future. For the past three years, Garrett has asked for food and fund donations on his birthday in lieu of gifts. Each year, his contribution grows almost as much as he does. This year's drive collected enough food and funds to provide almost 3,000 meals!
Thank you Garrett for caring about others and taking the time and effort to help Food Bank of the Rockies. You are an amazing young man and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Garrett making his first donation in 2014. Has he grown!
Did you know Food Bank of the Rockies' Kung Food Fighters Kids Club is always looking for great stories on how kids are giving back? Kids, families and teachers can also find resources, activities and idea sheets to help empower them to make a difference. Check it out here.