Shop O Rama 2012

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.

 

Healthy & Affordable Cooking Education at Food Bank

FBR offers a range of food items to our agencies.  Many items are staples but some leave agencies wondering, "How can I best use this to serve clients or teach clients how to use this at home?"   We aim to help our agencies utilize the food received from FBR in various ways.  In early October, our friend Chef Jackson Lamb volunteered his time, alongside our own Chef Paul, in performing cooking demonstrations for our agency partners.  Jackson and Paul cooked up a number of recipes using ingredients available in our warehouse and handed out the recipes to coincide with each demonstration.  This hour demonstration offered the opportunity see, firsthand, creative, simple and cost effective ways to utilize various food items available at FBR.

Special thanks to Jackson for giving back to our neighbors in need time and time again.  You're an incredibly valued partner and member of the FBR family!

1 million Meals for Colorado Kids

This was the 15th year Joe and Debbie Sakic have dedicated their time and efforts to fighting childhood hunger in Colorado through FBR.  And it was our most successful year to date.  On August 23, golfers united at stunningly beautiful Sanctuary for a picture perfect day on the course.  The weather was mild with just the right amount of cloud cover and lucky for us, temperature decided to start dropping just as we moved inside for dinner and awards.  The folks at Sanctuary stepped up once again and facilitated a first class event for our dedicated supporters.

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Put On Your Running Shoes!

Panera Bread's sixth annual Panerathon 5K and 10K to Fight Hunger is coming up quickly! On Sunday, September 16 the event will take place at the Panera Bread in the Shops at Walnut Creek, located at 10450 Towncenter Drive in Westminster, Colorado. Races include a 5K walk/run and 10K run starting at 8:00 a.m. that wind through the Westminster Trail System, as well as an eighth-mile Panera Bread Kids Fun Run at 7:45 a.m. All proceeds will benefit us!
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2 Weeks and Counting!

We've been busy busy with all things Sakic this week!  With Joe's celebrity golf tournament and the Joe and Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration approaching (2 weeks from today), we've been in event mode.  Our CEO, Kevin Seggelke was joined by presenting sponsors, RBC Wealth Management and CoBank on Channel 2's "Colorado's Best" on Tuesday morning.  Check out their interview below. 

Colorado's Best Interview

This morning, Joe sat down with Channel 2's Tom Green and FOX 31's Melody Mendez to discuss details of the dinner event (and of course his recent induction into the Hall of Fame).  We're thrilled with ticket sales for this year's event and would love to add more guests to our most exciting event yet!  Joe Sakic, Hazel Miller, Jake Schroeder, comedian Craig Shoemaker, Paul Stastny, live and silent auction, delicious food, libations....a rather fabulous Friday night on the town! 

FOX 31's Interview with Joe
Colorado's Own Channel 2's Interview with Joe

 Visit our web site to purchase tickets today! Every ticket purchased will provide 1,000 meals to Colorado kids!  Thanks to RBC Wealth Management, CoBank, 104.3 The Fan, FOX 31 and Colorado's Own Channel 2 for sponsoring this year's events 

An Event Not to be Missed!

Colorado has the fastest growing rate of childhood poverty in the nation. With poverty comes the reality that many Colorado kids don’t have the means to receive regular meals.  Not to mention healthy meals.  While hunger at any age is debilitating, it is especially hard on children.  We all bear the costs down the road when children aren’t nourished at a young age.  Luckily, there are folks who have a heart and passion for fighting childhood hunger in our great state.  Enter Joe and Debbie Sakic. 

15 years ago, hockey all star, Joe Sakic, and wife, Debbie, decided to become a voice for Colorado’s low income kids and have made a lasting impact on childhood hunger in our state.  Partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) resulted in two annual fundraising events that have become the financial backbone for FBR’s children’s programs.

Stunningly beautiful Sanctuary is the meeting grounds for the first event, The Joe Sakic Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament, presented by RE/MAX.  On Thursday, August 23, celebrities and sponsors will join Joe for his 15th annual tournament.  Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders of RE/MAX, created Sanctuary on a wildlife refuge in Colorado’s Front Range for the exclusive use of selected charities and invited guests. Sanctuary has been rated by Golf Digest and Golfweek among the top golf courses in the United States.  More importantly, in Sanctuary’s 15-year history, charity golf tournaments have raised millions of dollars for important causes.

Friday evening, August 24, the Sakics will host an elegant celebration of dining, entertainment and high-end auction items.  The Joe and Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration, Presented by CoBank and RBC Wealth Management, will take place at the Marriott Denver Tech Center.  Comedian, Craig Shoemaker, will provide the evening’s entertainment and Hazel Miller and Jake Schroeder will entertain guests with their musical genius during dinner.  The event kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm, followed by dinner.  Marc Moser of the Altitude Radio Network will emcee the evening’s festivities.  We're excited to be joined by event sponsors, 104.3 The FAN, Fox 31 Denver and Colorado's Own Channel 2.   

 FBR has been fighting hunger and feeding hope for 34 years and currently provides food to nearly 1,100 partner agency programs.  Last year alone, over 84,000 meals per day were provided to our neighbors in need. 42% of those served through FBR’s partner agencies are children.  Over the course of the partnership with the Sakics, FBR has been fortunate enough to provide over nearly 15 million meals to Colorado children in need.  Childhood hunger is a problem that is solvable.  The Sakics are continuing to work toward ending the pains of hunger felt by Colorado children in need.  You can help. Join Joe and Debbie this August to fight hunger, feed hope and have a great time in the process. 

Would you like to golf with Joe and his celebrity friends?  ONLY TWO FOURSOMES REMAIN!  You can still register for the Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration!  To learn more and to register, go to the home page at www.foodbankrockies.org, or call 303.375.5838. 

Bruce Randolph Students in Action

Last year marked the first annual Students in Action: Continuing the Legacy day of service for high school students at Bruce Randolph School. This year, the tradition of service continued.  Last Friday, a total of 750 students, teachers, staff members, and community volunteers went out into Denver and provided approximately 3,400 volunteer hours.  FBR was blessed with 80 volunteers as a result of this initiative!

Some of the services students provided included visiting with military veterans at the VA Hospital, putting together food baskets here at Food Bank of the Rockies, helping with community gardens with the GrowHaus and the Urban Farm at Stapleton, park clean-up in conjunction with Denver Parks and Recreation, decorating meal bags for terminally ill patients with Project Angel Heart, and many others. 13 other high schools in the Denver community participated in their own small scale service projects on this day.  


Jennifer Esquivel, a junior at Bruce Randolph, had this to say about the service day, "The reason why I volunteer is because I like to help others. Whenever I have the chance to volunteer I take it because at the end of the day I know I have accomplished something big. Service is a very important thing at Bruce Randolph School because we like to show how much we care about our community. The Students in Action day of service at our school gives us the opportunity to help people and organizations in our neighborhood. After the service day, I will continue to be involved in service by helping my community and by volunteering at places that need my help the most."


We were thrilled to be a part of this awesome day of service!  Thanks so very much to Bruce Randolph School for your dedication to giving back to your community.

100 Kids, 200,000 Eggs and a Bunny…

THANKS to Rachel Kemble for volunteering her time and talents in photographing this event. 
This past Thursday, Colorado egg farmers and students hopped to help those in need by donating more than 250,000 eggs to FBR and other Colorado food banks.  Colorado Chefs and Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar, flipped and served omelets to honor Newlon Elementary Students who also enjoyed a visit from the Easter Bunny. 
Colorado egg farmers were proud to help the Easter Bunny this year. As a part of the Good Egg Project, the seven local farms that make up the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association donated more than 250,000 eggs to Feeding Colorado food banks throughout the state to ensure those in need will have eggs in time for Easter. Of the total number of eggs, more than 200,000 were given to FBR.

Colorado elementary schools also joined in this year as part of CEP’s Kids Who Egg-cell initiative, encouraging students to learn about eggs and give back to the community. For every student who completed an egg quiz, one egg was donated to FBR, adding nearly 700 eggs to CEP’s donation. 

The Easter Bunny made a special appearance during the event, where chefs with the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association (ACFCCA) and Commissioner of Agriculture, John Salazar, flipped and served omelets to honor Newlon Elementary students.
 

“On behalf of Colorado egg farmers, I am proud to recognize and honor the second and fifth graders from Newlon Elementary for their dedication to the community. Together the students made the largest school contribution this year, adding more than 200 eggs to our annual Easter donation,” said Jerry Wilkins, president of the Colorado Egg Producers Association. “These students are learning the value of giving back to the those in need at a young age. Giving back is also something we, as Colorado egg farmers, pride ourselves in as illustrated by our ongoing commitment to the Good Egg Project and our regular donations of eggs to food banks throughout the state.”

At the event, more than 100 students took a Keep Moving/Good Egg pledge to eat good, be healthy and do good every day. The pledge was a part of the Good Egg Project and ACFCCA’s Chefs Move to School initiative. The Good Egg Project is an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. The ACFCCA recently launched its Chefs Move to Schools initiative designed to educate children about the importance of healthy eating and daily physical activity.

"The need for food assistance in our state continues to grow and this donation will certainly be a tremendous help for those who are working hard to make ends meet,” said Kevin Seggelke, Food Bank of the Rockies president and CEO. “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, Newlon students and other participating elementary schools for this generous gift. At two eggs per person, this donation helped put high quality, wholesome and fresh eggs on the plates of more than 125,000 Coloradans this Easter.”

For the fifth year in a row, Colorado Egg Producers and Feeding Colorado have teamed up to support local food banks and feed the state’s hungry. This partnership in Colorado and throughout the country will help the more than 730,000 people who are at risk of hunger in Colorado. CEP’s donation of 250,000 eggs was divided among five food banks – Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver, Food Bank of the Rockies Western Slope, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Weld Food Bank in Greeley and Food Bank for Larimer County.
FOX 31's Dan Daru did a great story (2nd year running)!  Check out the video below...our recap of the action packed morning. 

Check out this one of a kind, can't miss event benefiting FBR. "Roll on over" on April 29th from 2pm-8pm to Mile High Spirits on Larimer and meet MasterChef star, Jake Gandolfo, sample food truck eats and enjoy mouth watering libations from Mile High Spirits. The fun doesn't stop there.  Check out Denver Westword's informative article below and we'll hope to see you there!
Crock Spot and MasterChef contestant Jake Gandolfo hosting a food truck bash to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies

By Lori Midson  Mon., Apr. 9 2012 at 2:30 PM

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Celebrity chef Jake Gandolfo will join the Crock Spot and other food trucks on April 29 for a Food Bank of the Rockies benefit.

After last summer's street-food shindigs wound down, there was some indication that the food truck parties -- at least the Justice League soirees, which were at the forefront of catapulting Denver's street-food scene to prominence -- might be grinding to a halt. "We haven't made any decision about whether we're going to continue next year," Delores Tronco, who organized the Justice League parties, told Westword editor Patty Calhoun after the Justice League had thrown its last bash of the season. "It's been a great year; we've had an absolute ball. We're trying to determine if the group has a future, if it will disappear and be reincarnated...or just disappear."

The Justice League is not disappearing (the mob already has five parties on the docket for the summer and fall at five separate locations), but while the first Justice League throw-down won't take place until May 19, Stephen Daniels and Mandy Birks, owners of the Crock Spot, have joined forces with Jake Gandolfo, who was a contestant on season one of Gordan Ramsay's MasterChef, to host a food truck blowout (with a mission) on April 29 in the parking lot of Mile High Spirits, 2920 Larimer Street.

"My wife and I are traveling across American as part of a self-imposed tour -- a culinary crusade -- to benefit hunger-relief organizations," explains Gandolfo, who's based in Santa Cruz, California, and began his tour earlier this year in California before traversing through Arizona and Utah. "It's completely unacceptable that kids are going to bed hungry in this country, and yet people are in complete denial. Dude, take a look around you. Hunger is everywhere in America."

The Denver event -- organized by Birks, Daniels and Gandolfo and aptly named "Rollin against Hunger"-- will benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies, a local hunger-relief organization, and several food trucks, including Crock Spot, Street Eats, NZ Smokin' Guns, Mestizos and Aiko Pops, will park curbside to feed the masses. But there's more to the food orgy than just street grub. Gandolfo will do three cooking demonstrations throughout the day, all centered around sauces, and there will also be raffle prizes, live music and Colorado beers and libations. "We're moving across America to spread the love and raise as much awareness as we possibly can while having a ton of fun in the process," concludes Gandolfo.

Kickoff time is at 2 p.m. and the festivities will continue until 8 p.m.

Feeding Tummies During Spring Break

We're blessed to have the opportunity to work with outstanding donors, volunteers, agencies, community members and foundations, all contributing to the fight against hunger. One group we're especially grateful for this week is the Epworth Foundation. This group, full of heart and passion for Denver kids, contacted us about a Spring Break camp they organize for 500 local kids. During Spring Break, many Colorado families are at a loss for finding outlets to keep their children occupied while parents work and more importantly, finding way to provide healthy meals during a time when free and reduced breakfast and lunch is not available. We energetically partnered with Epworth in providing breakfast and lunch for 500 kids each day during this week of Spring Break, to supplement the fabulous camp activities organized by Epworth.

We'll continue to partner with Epworth for future school breaks, ensuring these kids won't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Thanks to Epworth for reaching out and making a difference in the lives of Denver children and thanks also to the Denver media for outstanding coverage of this important program.

Read the Denver Post's article, summarizing this week's activities. They also posted a fantastic video from Monday's lunch session. 9NEWS did a live feed all morning, interviewing our CEO, Kevin Seggelke.