Christy

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Christy and her husband took over the family painting company after her husband’s father passed away suddenly.  Once a lucrative business, the company fell on hard times with the troubled economy.  Christy, her husband, young daughter and mother-in-law are trying to keep up on bills, but are struggling to put food on the table.  They’re currently waiting for food stamps …

Christopher Apple Orchard (aka, Sonny Bono)

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Christopher Apple Orchard, aka, Sonny Bono, found himself without a place to call home last year. He’s legally blind, was forced out of his apartment and had nowhere to go. He had never been homeless and had no idea what resources were at his disposal. When he discovered that the county he had lived in didn’t have any shelters, he …

Vikki

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Vikki was visiting a food pantry for the first time when we sat down with her. She lost her job during the summer of 2009, discovered she had stage 3 cancer in November of that same year and has since taken on the responsibility of caring for her disabled father. During their year of hardships, her husband’s work hours began …

Dorothy

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Dorothy retired from a local medical office years ago.  She had worked hard and decided it was time to move on to the next phase of her life.  Her son got sick shortly after and Dorothy became his care giver, which has pushed her financial situation to its limits.  She receives government assistance once per month, but this has not …

Sharon

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This photo comes to us via Denver Magazine’s Faces of Hunger photography contest…. Sharon stops by a local food pantry for her weekly box of food. She is incredibly thankful for the help provided by this pantry.  It’s so difficult to provide enough food for herself, due to the current economic situation. Photographer: Holly Laing

The Heart of our Volunteers

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National Volunteer week is winding down.  We celebrated our volunteers all week and want to whole heartedly thank all of you who donate time toward fighting hunger and feeding hope.  This place wouldn’t and couldn’t operate without you.  While we’re on the topic of volunteerism…..have you met Olive?  If you’ve volunteered at FBR, she was most likely the shining face …

Rita

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Rita’s fiance passed away last June.  And she lost her job shortly after.  She and her four children have been trying to make ends meet ever since.  Rita lost her car and she couldn’t keep up with utilities, rent, gas…you get the drill.  She’s been on hold for receiving food stamps for months, so she comes to a local pantry for …

Little Andrea

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This photo comes to us via Denver Magazine’s Faces of Hunger photography contest…. Little Andrea Espinoza waits in the food box line at the Community Ministry of Denver with her mother, Cecilia.  Where would little Andrea be without resources like this food pantry?  We don’t even want to guess.  Photographer: Holly Laing

7-Year Old Nathan Warms Our Hearts With His Gift

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The food bank received this letter yesterday: “Dear Food Bank of the Rockies, My name is Nathan.  I earned this money by playing guitar at Pearl Street Mall.  I received $37.48 by playing.  I’m also inclucing 13 more dollars from my charity allowance. Sincerely, Nathan” Photo by RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post, 3/1/2011 Nathan sent us a clipping of this photo from the Denver Post. He’s laughing …

“Samantha”

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“Samantha” moved with her two kids to Colorado from Michigan a couple years back to be closer to her mom.  For two years, life was great.  Just like that, it all turned.  We spoke to her this past April about what brought her to a Denver food bank we were visiting.  Check out “Samantha’s” story.  I think you’ll be surprised …