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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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!

Running for 50,000 Meals!

 

 

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Panerathon.  It's our favorite Sunday of the Food Bank year.  Over 800 people woke up at the crack of dawn and gathered this year in an effort to fight hunger and feed their bodies with exercise and delicious food from our friends at Panera Bread.  For the 7th year in a row, we were blessed with beautiful weather and, despite the terrible flooding, the Westminster path system was in great condition for our participants.  Job well done City of Westminster!  Runners and walkers (and their 4 legged friends) were able to register and visit the expo booths with ease before they lined up at the Start line.  For the third year, a 5K and 10K were offered, as well as a Fun Run for our little ones.  It was awesome to see a lot of our small runners participate in both the Fun Run and the 5K with their families.  

Over 50,000 meals will be provided as a result of this year's Panerathon!  This event truly is an awesome experience for serious runners, families, pets and those just looking to get in some fun weekend exercise.  We're so grateful to our fantastic partners at Panera Bread and to all those who volunteered and participated in the 2013 Panerathon.   Let's gather 1,000 friends in 2014!  Can't wait to see you on the course again next year!        

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Lace Up Those Running Shoes

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Hard to believe that we're gearing up for our 7th Annual Panerathon!  Join us and our awesome friends at Panera Bread on Sunday, September 22nd, for this 5K & 10K.  It's a great activity for competitive racers, runners, walkers and families. Enjoy the scenic views of the front range while winding your way through the challenging yet accessible course that kicks off at the Westminster Panera Bread.

Registration is open! Pre-Race Registration (before September 21) – $30 for adults and $25 for those 17 & under and 60+. Race Day Registration (on September 22) – $40 for adults and $35 for those 17 & under and 60+.  Save $10 when you register 10+ people.  Can’t attend but would still like to be involved?  Make a contribution to Panerathon.

Corporate & booth sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available. Please email events@foodbankrockies.org for more information.

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An Eggcelent Thursday

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Colorado egg farmers were proud to help the Easter Bunny out again this year. The seven local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association donated more than 335,000 eggs to food banks throughout Colorado to ensure those in need had eggs in time for Easter. Of the total number of eggs, more than 280,000 were given to FBR!

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The Easter Bunny made a special appearance at our event last week, entertaining over 50+ children and partner agencies that came to pick up their Easter eggs. The CEP team cooked and served free omelets to all the families, guests and organizations in attendance. Two lucky kiddos also won bicycles from CEP.

“The Colorado Egg Producers Association is honored to team up again with Feeding Colorado in support of Food Bank of the Rockies and other food banks across the state to help feed those in need,” said Jerry Wilkins, president of the Colorado Egg Producers. “As egg farmers, we feel it is important for us to provide eggs year-round. At two eggs per person, our donation will help put high quality, wholesome and fresh eggs on the plates of more than 165,000 Coloradans this Easter.”

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Boulder Valley Poultry, Colorado Egg, LLC, Morning Fresh Farms and Sparboe Farms produced and donated farm fresh eggs among four food banks – Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies in Grand Junction, Weld Food Bank in Greeley and Food Bank for Larimer County. Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies received more than 43,000 eggs and Weld and Larimer Food Banks received nearly 15,000 combined.

FBR's President, Kevin Seggelke, said “Eggs are an important staple in the American diet, but they are also one of the hardest foods for us to obtain. We would like to thank Colorado egg farmers for this generous, annual gift totaling over a million eggs since our partnership began.  More than a quarter of the families in Colorado do not have enough food to meet their basic needs. This egg donation will certainly be a tremendous help for our neighbors in need.”

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Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a special day at FBR, year after year! 

 

 

 

 

What a fun and busy day we've had at Food Bank of the Rockies!  Because of the generosity of everyone who contributed funds at King Soopers to 9Cares Colorado Shares last fall, we were able to distribute nearly 91,000 pounds of food to 95 local hunger relief agencies!  Thank you!!

And another big thank you goes out to all the staff and volunteers who went over and above their normal tasks to help get all those orders pulled and loaded in 5 hours!

We are so blessed to live in such a generous community. 

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Chris Taylor, Agency Relations Manager, checks off food items for an order

 

 

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Meggan helps a volunteer pull an order

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Meggan and Adena are still smiling after 5 hours pulling orders.

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Diane pulling one of the last orders of the day

Fighting Hunger at the Capitol

For the past few years, we've been fortunate to benefit from the generosity of some of our favorite chefs, farmer, ranchers and legislators' generosity and talents.  On March 19th, our own Kevin Seggelke accepted a HUGE check (as you can see below) from the Colorado Ag Council downtown at the beautiful Capitol building.  We were lucky enough to sample to delectable eats provided by local chefs and hear from our friends, Adele & Mark from 9NEWS.  Click HERE for the Denver Post's summary of this awesome day.  It's definitely one we look forward to every year!   

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We're thrilled to thank the following in-kind donors from this awesome event:  Colorado Egg Producers - $35,000, ConAgra/CO Wheat - $28,800, Western Dairy/CO Dairy - $2,000, Western Sugar/CO Sugarbeet - $250.  Special thanks to the following cash contributors, totaling $12,300:  COBank, College of Ag Sciences, CO Ag Experiment Stations, CO Cattleman’s, Colorado Corn Adm Cmte, Colorado Department of Ag, CO Farm Bureau, CO Onion Assoc, CO Pork Producers, CO Potato Area II, Colorado State Grange, CO Veterinary Medical, CO Wool Growers, Robert T Sakata, Rocky Ford plus five RFG farms, Monsanto, Premier Farm Credit, RM Buffalo, RMFU, Rocky Mountain Food Ind Assoc, United Power and Werner Ranch

All in all, $78,500 was donated to Food Bank of the Rockies and our neighbors in need as a result of the generosity of The Colorado AG Council!  Awesome. 

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Operation Free Bird

This past Saturday, FBR was proud to take part in The 9th Annual Operation Free Bird,  put on by the Adams Country Sheriff’s Office and area Adams County Business and Community Organizations.  Over 3,600 families lined up at Rocky's Auto on 64th Avenue and Federal Blvd. from 12noon-4pm to receive a reusable WalMart bag of food.  These 5 pound bags included Cranberry Sauce, Gravy Mix, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, and Instant Mashed Potatoes.  Additionally Sarah Lee was right next door to our mobile pantry truck handing out bread.  Inside the event, families received certificates for free turkeys from King Soopers (thus the "Free Bird" reference!)  In addition to the special mobile pantry, FBR had a resource booth distributing information about the services we provide to the community.  Countless Adams County businesses donate time, products, educational element etc. for this annual community gathering.   Dave Rothrock, owner of Rocky's Autos, contributes financially to the event every year, provides the parking lot space where the event takes place and donates television advertising.

When we arrived at the beginning of the event, the line was a mile long spanning between Federal and Pecos.  All 3,600 families were served, thanks to the generosity and hard work of a host of organizations, businesses and individuals involved.   Volunteers from 3 groups – AmeriCorp, RAS & Associates, and a Jr Girl Scout Troop from Adams County were on hand that day to ensure the event ran smoothly.  And that it did!  We were so proud to be a part of providing food and hope to our neighbors in need this Thanksgiving!

Over 4 Million Meals in 2 Days!

 

The 14th Annual Dom and Jane Charity Marathon took over the airwaves on Mix 100 last week Thursday and Friday!  Dom, Jane, Jeremy and Emily dedicated 2 full days on air, fighting hunger and feeding hope for FBR.  And man were they successful!  We're overjoyed to announce a grand total of $1,153,652 from generous listeners and corporate donors!  Unbelievable!  We're humbled by the generosity our community displays every year during this outstanding fundraiser.  The amount raised continues to grow year to year, despite tough economic times for so many Coloradans.  We're so proud to be a part of a community so focused on giving back and making a difference for our neighbors in need.

THANK YOU doesn't quite express how grateful we are to Dom, Jane, Jeremy, Emily, the entire Mix 100 team, listeners, phone bank volunteers, corporate partners and everyone else who made the Charity Marathon a remarkable success!  Over 4 million meals will be provided to Coloradans who don't know where their next meal will come from.  For that, we're oh so thankful.

 

We surprised the gang with a festive cake.  Can you tell who's who? 

 

Our dear friends from Whiting Petroleum joined the broadcast with a donation again this year .

 

We were super excited to invite our friends from the Aurora Medical Center to present their donation on air!

 

Oh how we adore Jeremy. 

 

The lovely Kelli from King Soopers talked about their outstandingly generous donations this past year.  And more to come!

 

Target continues to knock our socks off with their generosity.  We're so glad they could join us again this year. 

 

Amy represented CoBank this year!  They support us in more ways than we can count!

 

 

Gigi from Tri-State G&T stopped in as well as Alex with Halliburton.  2 companies who set the bar for corporate generosity!

Serving Up a Whole Lotta Hope

Last Tuesday, 13 Colorado hospitality organizations from the Meetings Industry of Colorado (MIC) joined forces again for the 19th Annual Serving Up Hope (SUH) Luncheon to raise more than $22,000 for FBR!  This is a favorite of ours every year.  The food is fabulous and a tremendous amount of work goes into this successful luncheon event!

The SUH Luncheon includes a chef's competition in four categories. This year's winners are:

Best Appetizer – The Palm
Best Entree – Renaissance Denver Hotel
Best Dessert – Landry’s Downtown Partnership
Best Presentation – Zink Bar & Patio at the Hilton Garden Inn

During the event, the Annual Serving Up Hope Awards are given to industry organizations that contribute the most food and cash during the Food Drive Competition. The 2012 award for the MIC organization with more than 200 members was awarded to the MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter who collected 9.85 pounds of food per member. The award for the MIC organization with less than 200 members was awarded to Christian Meetings & Conventions Association who collected 95.31 pounds of food per member. In total, an astounding 23,231.5 pounds of food were donated!  The awards given to all the winners are modeled off a drawing done by a child in one of FBR's Kids Cafe programs.  This year's winner was 10 year old Deante Smith who was able to attend and be honored for his contribution.  Way to go Deante!

Many many thanks to all those who make this event possible each and every year!  Click here for pictures of Serving Up Hope. Thank you to Gaston Photography!