Never Too Small To Fight Hunger

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Not long ago, one of our youngest donors stopped by to drop off a contribution and tour the food bank.  Hannah is only five, but as soon as you meet her, you immediately realize she has wisdom and compassion far beyond her years.  This caring kindergartener saved her allowance and brought in $12 to share with hungry kids.  We were happy to let her know her gift will provide 48 meals and every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference to someone who’s hungry.   We were happy to tour Hannah and her family. Meeting her brightened our afternoon and gave us renewed hope for the future.

Hannah, you are an awesome Kung Food Fighter and we are grateful for your kindness!

Do you know about our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club?  It’s free and easy to join.  Please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club page to learn more.

Tom and Ed did it Again!

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One of the most enjoyable private Christmas displays you’ll ever see is located near 58th and Ward Road in Arvada.  Stop by Tom and Ed’s place during the holidays and you’ll be treated to twinkly lights moving to music and bringing lots of joy to the crowd.

Tom and Ed do this purely for the love of it each year and didn’t want to accept money for their power bill. Instead, they started accepting donations on behalf of Food Bank of the Rockies.  Over the last few years, they’ve helped us provide tens of thousands of meals through their and their visitors’ generosity.  This year was no exception. We received a gift from Tom, Ed and their visitors that will provide 11,244 meals!

Thanks for not only lighting of the holiday season, Tom and Ed, but for also brightening the New Year for our hungry neighbors!

Meet Kayla, 8 and Michael, 7, Kung Food Fighters extraordinaire! This sister and brother duo attended our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club pizza party and learned about the Quarters for Kids campaign.  They wanted to help and after brainstorming with mom, they decided to spend the day at Sloan’s Lake, offering lemonade and goat petting for donations.

When they came to the food bank to bring in their donation and take a tour, Kayla and Michael filled us in on a little secret; the goats raised more money than the lemonade!  At the end of the day, their hard work provided 138 meals for hungry kids. What a fantastic effort by some very caring kids and their parents.  Thank you Kayla, Michael, Mom, Dad and of course the goats for helping us feed kids in need!

Do you know about our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club?  It’s free and easy to join.  Please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club page to learn more.

Panera Bread Gives Back

uly 018Panera Bread is volunteering at our warehouse today. We asked them to share a little bit about how they make a difference. We are very grateful for their partnership and look forward to providing many meals to our community because of their and their customers' generosity!

At Panera Bread®, we believe in giving back to the communities in which we serve. We have worked to help combat the problem of hunger in Denver for 12 years when we opened our first bakery-café in Colorado. Since then, our efforts fighting hunger have grown to include various charitable initiatives, donations and numerous community events.

Panera is proud to partner with Food Bank of the Rockies, an outstanding partner who is providing meals to our neighbors in need.

We partner with FBR through our Operation Dough- Nation Community Breadbox™ program where customer’s spare change is collected and donated annually to FBR.  On January 20th, 2014, Panera associates have a unique opportunity to volunteer their time during the MLK National Day of Service to the Food Bank of the Rockies.   This unique volunteer opportunity gives our associates the ability to follow the donations in our ODN boxes and witness firsthand the change it makes in our community.  Every cent counts! As a partner with FBR we enjoy seeing how these donations add up to big change in our community.   Next time you are in a Panera, unload your pockets in our Operation Dough-Nation Community Breadbox! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for annual Panerathon 5K/10K in September!

The Best Request for Christmas

3All 10 year old Garrett wanted for Christmas was a pair of new headphones, a giant cookie and for people to donate food to Food Bank. So for 3 weeks, with the help of his mom, he collected food from neighbors, friends, his hockey team and anyone else willing to donate. When he came to make his donation, Garrett collected enough to fill an entire wire bin. Thanks to his efforts, the 448 pounds he and his friends contributed will provide 373 meals for hungry people in our community! Garrett , we appreciate your generous spirit. Thank you for helping us feed hope this holiday season!! Do you have a generous kid in your life?  Introduce them to our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club?  It’s free, easy to join and has lots of ideas on ways kids can give back.  Please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club page to learn more.

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40,000 More Meals, Just in Time for the Holidays!

IMG_0874Jessica Rink, Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager for Bank of America stopped by the food bank yesterday with a wonderful gift. Thanks to a grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Food Bank of the Rockies will be able to provide 40,000 meals to our neighbors in need, just in time for the holidays. The grant we received is part of ongoing investments the Bank of America Charitable Foundation is making to address immediate critical needs, such as hunger and shelter, and longer term solutions that promote financial wellness through access to benefits and resources. We are filled of gratitude, knowing the pantries of those struggling to put food on the table will be filled as well. Thanks Bank of America!

A Poem from Kid President

Feeling like there's not a lot of hope in our world?  Kid President is here to inspire you.  Keep going, keep going, keep going.   Watch his poem below.

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Be inspired HERE.  Kids, what can YOU do to inspire people to keep going?

 

Keep Movin On

Bad things happen.  Every day.  Kids have an amazing way to taking despair and turning it into gold.  They inspire, they pour out their hearts, they encourage and find the hope in the midst of blackness.  These 3 girls have captured our hearts.  Their voices rise like angels in this video.  A national tragedy occurred and they make the decision to turn it into a song.

Watch and be inspired.   Kids, what would your song say?

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Taken from their YouTube page..."This is a song of encouragement for survivors, written by Currey Ingram Academy students Megan Hamilton (4th grade), Maddie Hogan (3rd grade) and Sasha Mason (4th grade), with help from teachers and songwriters RC Richmond, Dita Rose and Eric Vinson. The song and video were produced in the Currey Ingram Academy recording studio by teacher and songwriter Sean Kelly.

**If you like this video and song, please give to The One Fund for Boston to help the survivors of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombings. Give at this link:https://secure.onefundboston.org/page...Our letter to the world: http://tinyurl.com/cjs753l  To play and/or download song: http://tinyurl.com/c9zuv3o

More information about our song and story is also online athttps://www.curreyingram.org/KMO.

Buddy Bench

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How many playgrounds are there in this country?  How many kids feel alone on those playgrounds?  How many parents worry about this kids being one of those lonely kids on the playground?  This little dude came up with a solution.  And we think it's rather brilliant.  The beauty of this story is it's simple.  If every school had a Buddy Bench, just think about the smiles and friendships that could bloom as a result.  Way to go Christian.  We'll be your buddy any day of the week.  Kids, can YOU convince your principal to add a Buddy Bench on YOUR playground?

Read Christian's story HERE.

Dannie’s Army

Grab your kleenex folks.  When you see what this group of elementary school boys have to say about respecting each other's differences and showing love, your heart will soften immediately.  We should all strive to be more like Dannie and his posse.  Kids, what can YOU do to show love for kids who are getting picked on?  

Watch his remarkable story HERE.    "Danny Keefe is a 6-year-old optimist with a speech disorder. And he doesn't care what other people think. In fact, this spunky kindergartner wears a suit, tie, and fedora to school every day. He's also the water coach for the Bridgewater Badgers, a pee wee football team comprised of a band of boys who have rallied around Danny in the hopes to make his life better."

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