Rachel watches her two granddaughters while her daughter works the night shift at a nearby hospital. Her partner works for $9 an hour and she receives $150 every two weeks while she looks for part-time work. Rent is high and Rachel and her partner struggle to pay the bills. The help she receives from Project Access Resource Centers, a member agency of Food Bank of the Rockies, allows her to provide healthy food for her granddaughters when they come home from school. This food has been a big help for Rachel and her family.
The Scott family struggles to make ends meet. Three teens and their hard working mom don't always know where their next meal will come from. They are not alone. 1 in 7 men and women and nearly 1 in 4 Colorado children live in food insecure households.
The holiday season is wrapping up and for Food Bank of the Rockies and many other charities, the giving season is slowing down as well. 65% of all the funds raised come in just 60 days. We are so grateful for the generosity of those who help us during the holidays! We work hard to stretch your contributions to last the entire year, but it's important to remember people are hungry, not just in December, but all year long.
If you'd like to help feed families like the Scotts all year, consider joining FEED365™ and make a gift to FBR each month. Learn how easy it is to get started by clicking here.
2:35 PM on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014No Comments
If you've already given, thank you! If you haven't or want to share a little more before the New Year begins, here's some inspiration for you!
1. Your donation is tax deductible.
2. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes to food distribution.
3. We’re BBB accredited.
4. We’ve received a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator for 5 consecutive years (only 4% of charities can claim this distinction.)
5. 1 in 7 people in the area we serve are struggling to put food on the table.
6. Nearly 1 in 4 kids live in food insecure households.
7. Through Denver’s Table Food Rescue program, we saved 9.7 million pounds of nutritious food from ending up in a landfill and instead, landing on plates of hungry people.
8. FBR mobile pantry sites throughout metro Denver and in rural Colorado in fiscal 2014, distributed enough nutritious food for more than 3 million meals.
9. Every Monday – Friday during the school year, more than 2,600 kids across our service area will sit down to healthy dinners through our Kids Cafe program. Even more will enjoy a healthy lunch during summer break.
10. 4,800 needy kids will take home weekend food through our Totes of Hope™ Children program and 800 kids will receive healthy daily snacks through our After School Snacks program.
11. 1,000 low-income seniors will receive monthly food through our Totes of Hope™ Seniors and 9,000 seniors will receive USDA food boxes, distributed through FBR.
12. More than 800 hunger relief agencies (pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc…) depend on FBR for an average of 61% of all the food they distribute to their clients.
13. Families like Colin’s, Beverly’s and Mark’s would go hungry without food provided through FBR, our programs and our partner agencies. Read their stories on our blog.
14. Hunger Knows No Season. Your gift today will make a HUGE difference to hungry men, women and children in our community, all year long!
11:40 AM on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014No Comments
During the holidays, many businesses want to give back to their communities. Often, the first thought when wanting to help food banks is to host a traditional, non-perishable food drive. Food Bank of the Rockies accepts food drive donations and encourages people to clean out their pantries and donate unwanted but still nutritious items, especially during large food drives through 9Cares Colorado Shares in the fall and summer and the National Association of Letter Carriers in the spring.
But because Food Bank of the Rockies can shop at wholesale or less through the Feeding America network and procure large donations from generous grocers, manufacturers, wholesalers and the agricultural community, we strongly encourage organizations to host virtual food drives rather than going out and purchasing food on our behalf. Hard earned funds can go much further when you let us do the “shopping.”
Every dollar raised allows our food bank to distributed five pounds of food, including perishable items like produce, dairy and meat. We’re good stewards of donor funds, receiving a BBB accreditation and 4-Star (highest) Charity Navigator rating. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes to food distribution.
And virtual food drives are easy for organizations to host - just ask Slalom Consulting!
Slalom Consulting, a business and technology consulting firm, has had tremendous success hosting virtual food drives, raising nearly $15,000 over the past three years – enough to provide almost 60,000 meals and 75,000 pounds of food!
The Slalom Consulting team lives and works in the communities they serve, and strives to make them better and stronger. Knowing that many people along the Front Range struggle with hunger, they decided to focus their efforts on helping Food Bank of the Rockies.
Since the team serves clients across the Front Range, and often doesn’t make it back to the office on a weekly basis, they decided to utilize the virtual food drive service provided by Food Bank of the Rockies. Through the virtual food drive, they were able to actively engage their team and clients to contribute from any location with an internet connection. Their team found the ease of contribution through the virtual food drive a key factor in their increased donations year over year.
It has also lead to increased awareness and participation in their onsite service days volunteering at the food bank warehouse. The added benefit of the virtual food drive is that Food Bank of the Rockies, in conjunction with their community partners, is better able to source and meet the needs of those struggling to put food on their tables within our community.
“Based on Slalom’s experience with the ease of setup, maintenance, and contributions through the virtual food drive, I encourage businesses and organizations to take advantage of this opportunity,” says Joseph Kennedy, client service lead at Slalom Consulting. “We can all have a direct and lasting impact on food scarcity across the Front Range community.”
Food Bank of the Rockies is grateful for Slalom Consulting and the tremendous results they've achieved through hosting virtual food drives!
If your organization would like to learn more about hosting a virtual food drive or partnering with us, please visit our Community Partners page. And if you’re ready to get started on your drive, here’s the link.
Mark volunteers at FBR’s Denver warehouse. He shared with us that just last winter, his family needed food assistance. His story is a great example of why our staff comes to work every day and how contributions to FBR truly change lives.
After a serious car accident, Mark found himself unable to work. His family couldn't make ends meet on his wife’s nursing salary alone. With mounting health bills, hungry children to feed and winter’s utility bills filling the mailbox, they knew they needed to find help. And help came in the form of food from Food Bank of the Rockies. That nourishment provided not only peace of mind, but also a chance for the family to get back on their feet without going hungry.
Mark believes people should give back to each other and that’s why he’s sharing his time volunteering in our warehouse. We’re glad Mark’s story has a happy ending and grateful to all who help us by giving time, food and funds. 1 in 7 Coloradans are going through struggles similar to Mark’s and worry where they’ll find their next meal. Your gifts make more of a difference than you could imagine to hungry men, women and children in our community.
Thank you for your support! Together we can solve hunger.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Earlier this year, Food Bank of the Rockies had the pleasure of meeting young Hannah. This thoughtful five-year-old, barely taller than one of our food barrels, saved her allowance and brought in $12 to share with hungry kids. We gave her a tour, took her photo and let her know the $12 dollars she gave would provide 48 meals for kids in need. And we thanked her, expressing our gratitude for her compassion and for her family, who encouraged her to share.
Each time I visit one of our programs or one of our partner agencies, it reminds me of how truly blessed I am. I can go to the grocery store and pick up the food I want, without thinking too much about the cost. The people waiting in line to put food on their tables don’t have that luxury. I’ve met many with health issues that drained their savings and ended their ability to make a living. I’ve met many more who work very hard, but still don’t make enough to cover the cost of necessities. I’ve met seniors, struggling on low fixed incomes. And I’ve heard stories of children, creatively finding ways to feed not only themselves, but also their siblings, even their parents, by bringing home other kid’s leftovers or stuffing ketchup packets in their pockets. We know Hannah’s gift makes a difference to them.
The food we’re able to distribute every day makes life a little more bearable for our hungry neighbors. We believe no one should go hungry and we are grateful for all our contributors. From Hannah’s $12 to the five and six-figure gifts from humanitarians and organizations that have the available means, every gift means an opportunity for these men, women and children to have something to eat.
This holiday season, we are thankful for everyone who contributed time, resources and funds towards our mission. We are grateful for parents who teach their children to share and to volunteer. We are humbled by those of you who give, even when you don’t have much abundance. We are blessed by those of you who have much to give and we’re glad you’ve chosen to help our mission. We are thankful for you all and will continue to use your gifts wisely. Together we can fight hunger!
Wishing you a joyful holiday season and many blessings in the New Year,
On a windy, sunny October afternoon, we met Colin and his daughter while they were picking up food at Chapel Hill Church, a member agency food pantry who relies on Food Bank of the Rockies for much of their food. His daughter reads quietly in a comfy chair while Colin, a soft-spoken, hard-working family man, agrees to share his story with us. He and his wife have three young children. He works very hard at what he describes as a “hands-on” job, 60+ hours a week, yet doesn’t make enough to always make ends meet. They struggle to pay the bills. Colin tells us daycare is almost as much as rent. “It’s expensive, like renting a second apartment just for the kids,” he says. His wife stays home with the kids because daycare would actually cost them her entire paycheck plus part of his.
“With the increase in food costs, we’re having trouble getting by right now. The food program has been a huge help. We can keep the food on the table and keep the lights on for the kids.” His family returns items they can’t use and donates the kids’ clothes after they outgrow them because he says, “Someone out there is always going to be hungry. Someone out there always needs a little helping hand.” Even while needing help themselves, Colin and his family continue to think about giving back to others and returning the favors that have been given to them.
Watch his interview:
2:27 PM on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014No Comments
The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced that Hunger Is, their joint charitable initiative to fight childhood hunger in America, has awarded over $1.3 million in grants to 198 local charities to connect hungry children living in neighborhoods to healthy food throughout the country.
The Hunger Is campaign kicked off in April with a month-long, in-store fundraiser in more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the U.S. Additional funds were generated through online donations at HungerIs.org. Managers from each participating store nominated a local food or hunger charity serving their immediate community. The selected charities received $1,000 for each nomination.
27 Safeway managers across the state nominated Food Bank of the Rockies to receive the award. This morning, managers and representatives from Safeway visited the food bank for a tour and awarded FBR with a $27,000 check, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!
We are so grateful for this generous contributions and being nominated by the mangers. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Safeway stores and the foundation, EIF and all the grocery shoppers and Safeway team members for making it possible for FBR to distribute 108,000 more meals to our community!
We met Beverly at the Salvation Army in Grand Junction where she was picking up food distributed through TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), a program of the USDA. Beverly told us she’s in remission from a rare form of cancer. After intensive chemo treatments, her bones and blood are compromised and now, after a lifetime of helping others, she is unable to work.
She also deals with an ostomy and getting the right combination of foods to prevent issues means her diet is limited. “It’s easier to tell you what I can safely eat,” she tells us. “No canned or fresh fruits or vegetables, very limited grains, mostly just potatoes and chicken.”
Beverly lives in a housing complex for elderly and disabled. She only qualifies for $50 of SNAP benefits each month, so she depends on help from the Salvation Army and Food Bank of the Rockies. “We need to take care of our disabled and less fortunate. Because of my health, I have to depend on the charity of others. If people don’t help, then people like me are going to be out of luck.” Beverly is appreciative of the help she receives and we thank her for sharing her story with us.
1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014No Comments
November 4, thirteen Colorado hospitality organizations and 630 industry professionals joined forces for the 21st Annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon. Their efforts will provide more than 96,000 meals for Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver’s Table program. Serving Up Hope is sponsored by the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado, a coalition of professional meetings industry-related organizations.
Chefs from local hotels and restaurants provided mouthwatering appetizers, entrées and desserts. Culinary awards were given to range New American West for Best Appetizer, The Renaissance Denver Hotel for Best Entrée, and Panzano for Best Dessert, The People’s Choice award for presentation went to Denver Marriott City Center.
The annual food drive competition between the thirteen MIC organizations also brought in 26,161 pounds of food in addition to the $24,000 raised by the luncheon. Awards for the most food donated per member were given to two organizations – Christian Meetings and Conventions Association (CMCA) for the organization with less than 125 members and Professional Convention Management Association Rocky Mountain Chapter (PCMA) for the organization with more than 125 members.
Thank you to all the attendees, organizations and culinary experts for making this a wonderful event possible and for feeding hope to our neighbors in need this holiday season!