People come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime. For those who worked or volunteered with Food Bank of the Rockies anytime in the past 32 years, chances are, their lives have been touched by Olive Crawford.
With both joy and sadness, on September 30, we wished Olive a bittersweet “Happy Trails” as she headed off for new adventures, retiring after 30 years as a paid team member and 32 years total if you count her volunteer time before she was officially hired.
Olive dedicated her time to many jobs with FBR, but the one we’ll remember her for most is her role as Volunteer Supervisor. FBR relies heavily on volunteers to help distribute tens of millions of pounds of food each year. More than 12,000 individuals contribute 130,000+ hours and Olive was responsible for making sure each and every one of them was on task, informed and had a memorable experience with us. She was amazing at her job and loved by both staff and volunteers.
Life hasn’t been easy for Olive. Struggling with poverty and hunger as a child and again as a young single mother, she understands why it’s important to give back. “I guess there were times I needed help,” she explains, holding back the tears. “And there were folks that helped me, and so I want to give back.”
Her past experiences may be the reason her compassion and understanding emanated throughout the food bank. You could always count on Olive to share a few words of kindness and a bit of motherly advice. FBR won’t be the same without her.
“I tried it at 70 and I wasn’t ready,” she says about retiring. “And now I can tell it’s time.” At 74, we know Olive deserves to take a break from full time work and enjoy new adventures.
Reflecting on her work with FBR, Olive says, " It's a wonderful gift." We all feel the same about the devotion and joy Olive brought to her work at the food bank.
Thank you Olive, for putting your heart and soul into to feeding hungry families for three decades. You are already missed beyond words and wished many “Happy Trails” ahead.
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.
Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) wants to make sure nutritious food ends up feeding hungry people, not thrown away in landfills. Thanks to a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, FBR has some extra help. The funds from the grant allowed us to hire a Retail Store Donation Coordinator.
Karen McManus, recently hired for this new position, will work with food retailers and grocery stores in the community to encourage and secure donations of nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted.
In fiscal 2014, FBR’s Denver’s Table Food Rescue program was able to distribute more than 9.7 million pounds of food collected from retailers. More than 5 million of those pounds came from Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. With McManus on board, the food bank hopes to increase the pounds donated from all our retail donors. Karen will work to educate store personnel on the program, the Good Samaritan Law that protects food donors from liability, as well as important food safety guidelines for donations.
1 in 7 Coloradans and nearly 1 in 4 Colorado kids live in food insecure households. Ensuring food that can help these hungry neighbors doesn’t go to waste is so important for these families. Food Bank of the Rockies is grateful for the support of the Walmart Foundation and all the retailers who contribute to the success of Denver’s Table Food Rescue.
This face of food bank is a variation from the norm. Meet Mike. He served on the FBR board of directors for six years and made a positive impact on our organization in so many ways. We value him as a donor of time, funds and resources! It was awesome catching up with him and his lovely wife, Linda, at the Panerathon last month. Check out what they've been up to and why the Panerathon is so important to them! Way to go Mike and Linda!
Dex and his friendly nature can be found in our warehouse, working as an Operations Assistant. He's responsible for entering all donated pounds received from major donors such as King Soopers, Target, Sam’s Club & Wal-Mart stores, as well as smaller donors & walk-ins dropping off Food Drive product. Dex also uploads photo’s to our shopping list website which Agencies place orders from. Growing up, Dex dreamed of becoming a Sportscaster but he's grateful for the opportunity to give back and help people in need every day. Some day you'll find Dex vacationing in his dream location, Hawaii. And he'll probably be dining on Mexican food - his favorite culinary category. We're glad to have you on our team Dex!
Shar can be found in the midst of our inner warehouse office space. She’s responsible for the overall coordination, responses and filing of incoming/outgoing documents and correspondence in our Nutrition Network. Shar also performs site reviews as needed. You can find her reading, knitting, singing and hanging out with her family and grandkids outside the office. She’s proud to be serving hungry children through FBR, despite her childhood dreams of becoming a singer. Someday, you’ll find Shar on a cruise to Panama with her kids and grandkids. Do you know what a fiddle head is? It happens to be one of her favorite delicacies.
Sheryl is responsible for all functions related to our Kids Café program, After-School Snacks, Kids and Senior Totes of Hope and all other programs of the Nutrition Network Department that may be developed. She can be found in the inner depths of our warehouse facility with her dedicated staff. Sheryl always dreamed of becoming a mother and is thrilled to be able to enter the “grandma phase” of her life as well as work with children as part of her profession. Her next dream is to vacation at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas but will settle for ATV camping with her family in the meantime.
Marshall is our money man. He oversees accounting, budget, human resources, administration, treasury, audit activities and IT. You’ll find him on our first floor, in and out of the offices of his hard working staff. Marsh visited many fire stations growing up in hopes to become a fireman (or an FBI agent) but is very happy with the work he does helping people in need. He’s passionate about scuba diving and longs to visit the Galapagos Islands someday.
Brandy works in our Nutrition Network and did a remarkable job coordinating last summer's food program for kids. Working with a very tight deadline, she completed all the paperwork, staff and volunteer training, set-up, distribution and monitoring to get 25 additional summer food sites up and running. Her efforts to help fill more hungry tummies were deservedly recognized by the Colorado Department of Education who nominated Brandy for the White House Champion of Change Award. Brand has been very modest about this nomination.
“Even though it was a lot of work to get the additional sites set up, it was worth it,” says Brandy. “I have three kids and can’t imagine them without a meal. I’m just doing my job. It’s all about opening more meal sites so more kids can eat.”
Brandy asked a little girl at one of the sites what she liked best about her lunch. The little girl told her she liked the milk because “we don’t have milk at home.” Stories like this keep Brandy and her team motivated.
Brandy was recently promoted to Distribution Supervisor for all Nutrition Network programs. She has a lot of new tasks on her plate, but we’re sure she can handle it. Congratulations Brandy, on this outstanding nomination and your new position. We appreciate you!