Panera 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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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!
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.”
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.”
Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a special day at FBR, year after year!
Contributions to Holiday Fund Drive for 9Cares Colorado Shares and King Soopers Make Easter Brighter
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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:
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!
For 20 years, media rock stars from our local TV and Radio stations gather to kick off "Check Out Hunger," hosted by our friends at Natural Grocers. This campaign raises funds for Food Bank of the Rockies' (FBR) Children’s programs through the FBR Nutrition Network. Teams of two strategize how they'll fill up their grocery carts in three minutes, not to exceed a pre-selected dollar amount. Certain aisles are marked off as acceptable shopping areas, teams can only chose 3 of any item and can't select anything over $3.00. Each pair checks out at the conclusion of the three minute time period and the team closest to the total, without going over, is deemed the Shop O Rama Champion. They walk away proudly with the coveted shopping cart trophy and set the bar for the next year's festivities.
This year, we were excited to welcome Dom, Jeremy and Emily from Mix 100 as first time participants. Murphy Huston of KOSI 101 showed his yearly allegiance with co-worker Kathy, FOX 31's Melody Mendez partnered with Emily and made a spunky match and the lovely Karen Leigh of CBS 4 teamed with Kemper, an owner of Natural Grocers.
Shop O Rama is typically three minutes of chaos for most teams, but Dom and Jeremy calmly filled their cart, made careful and deliberate choices and stood in line, waiting to check out before the three minutes were used up. Never before has this happened at Shop O Rama. Did they win? Yes they did. What's even more shocking is the fact that they came within $2 under the goal. Don't think that's ever happened either. All of this without breaking a sweat. Karen Leigh and Kemper took an impressive second, just a few dollars under the total.
To participate in "Check Out Hunger," shoppers simply pick up $1 or $5 coupons at the check-out aisles in Natural Grocers stores across northern Colorado from November 1st through December 31st. Natural Grocers has pledged to match each dollar donated at check-out stands through the end of the year. Throughout the eight year partnership with Natural Grocers, over $277,000 has been raised to fight childhood hunger. "Check Out Hunger" makes it easy to assist FBR in its effort to feed children in need. One out of seven Coloradans worry about where their next meal will come from. 42% of those served through FBR’s partner agencies are children. “We’re hopeful that donations during the holiday season will put us on track with where we need be to keep up with growing demand and we’re incredibly grateful to all our donors who have contributed during continuing tough economic times,” says FBR CEO, Kevin Seggelke.
We had a blast (as we always do) with our media participants and friends at Natural Grocers. Special thanks to all our media participants and to Natural Grocers and their customers for supporting Food Bank of the Rockies in our fight against childhood hunger.