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Chef Paul spends his weekdays at the food bank preparing kid-friendly meals and snacks.  Sometimes he caters amazing lunches for staff and our board.

Today, he was asked what he would make using some of the products often found at a food pantry.  He came up with some great ideas and shared them on 9News.

You don't have to be a food pantry participant to enjoy these tasty treats!  And if you are one of the fortunate folks who has enough to eat this summer, we hope you'll contribute to help those who don't - every dollar we receive becomes four meals for our hungry neighbors!

Cranberry Chicken Salad

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  • 2 - 5 oz. cans chicken
  • ¼ small onion, diced
  • ½ rib celery small, diced
  • 2 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs jellied cranberry
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread on your favorite bread.

 

Tuna Cakes

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  • 2 – 5 oz cans tuna (drained)
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes w/ chilies (drained) (Ro-Tel brand works great)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs minced onion
  • 2 Tbs minced celery
  • 2 Tbs chopped parsley
  • ½ tsp worchestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix well, shape into patties and fry in a pan with a bit of cooking oil.

 

Canned Sweet Pea Guacamole

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  • 2 – 10 cans peas (drained)
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with chilies (drained)
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp jalapeño minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce to taste (Tabasco works great)

Add all ingredients into a bowl, mix and mash until peas are mostly smashed to a guacamole consistency. Serve with chips or as a spread on your favorite bread.

 

Sweet Pea Hummus

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  • 2- 10 oz cans sweet peas (drained)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce to taste (Tabasco works great)

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Serve on crackers, bread, chips or veggies.

Peanut Butter Banana Pops

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  • Bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Dry Cereal (chocolate oat cereal pictured)
  • Pretzel Sticks

Slice bananas in half, spread with peanut butter, roll in dry cereal, add pretzel stick. Freeze if desired or serve at room temperature.

Cranberry Fruit Pops

  • 1 15 oz can cranberry sauce – jellied
  • 1 – 15 oz. can fruit cocktail (drained)
  • 1 cup water or juice drained from fruit cocktail
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Mix ingredients in a bowl, pour into paper cup. Cover with paper circle and place a wooden skewer or plastic knife through the paper. Freeze and serve.

Tiny Hands Feed Many Hungry People

IMG_0142We had the pleasure of speaking to the preschoolers at Black Forest Hills Elementary in Aurora. Initially they wanted to host a snack drive to help the food bank, but after learning how we could turn every dollar into four meals or five pounds of food, instead, they asked for snacks to be donated and sold them for a $1 each to raise money.

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They set a $500 goal and ended up surpassing that goal, raising $659 – enough to provide 2636 meals to the community. We applaud the creativity of their parents and teachers and are so grateful they are teaching these little ones how they can make a big difference!

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If your class, scout troop, or community organization would like to learn more about helping kids give back, please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club page or reach out to us for ideas at kidsclub@foodbankrockies.org.

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We are amazed by the tremendous efforts of CHS Country Operations in Wray, Washington and Yuma!

Through three Cajun Boil & Mouse Race events, the local business unit of CHS Country Operations raised $38,221 and with added contributions by CHS of $22,625, they raised a grand total of $60,846 as part of this year’s CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive!

$1,000 each will be donated to Manna Pantry in Wray, Rural Communities Resource Center in Yuma, and Washington County Connections in Akron. The remaining funds raised will be donated to Food Bank of the Rockies to help us provide 231,384 meals to our community.

“The community support for the H4H Program has been extraordinary, thank you all for your participation in the event,” Mel Domine, Managing Director of CHS in Yuma. “Our Business Unit took the overall lead with this successful program, a reflection of our people in Colorado.”

This year’s CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive raised a record $550,000 and nearly 270,000 pounds of food for hungry families nationally. More than 4,000 employees from 50 Country Operations business units participated in the 2015 Harvest for Hunger drive held March 1-20, 2015.

Thank you to everyone who donated, supported, and partnered with CHS to fight hunger in our local communities!

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Since 2008, White Crown Credit Union and their members have partnered with Food Bank of the Rockies, making a big difference for our hungry neighbors.  The credit union spirit is about “People Helping People” – a concept White Crown truly exemplifies.  Yesterday, they contributed funds to provide 14,600 meals, bringing their lifetime total to nearly 210,000 meals for our community!

They've found creative ways to raise the funds. They decorate their lobby with posters, sharing the progress of their campaigns.  They run promotions throughout the year, allowing members to skip a loan payment for a small fee; a portion of that fee is donated to FBR.  They also match member donations and during member appreciation week, donating funds for each loan application received.

They've set an even loftier goal next year to contribute 40,000 meals and already have plans in place and posters on display.

“We realize hunger affects too many people in our community and we want to do our part to help feed them, “ says Kerry Spradling, President and CEO of White Crown Credit Union. “We've partnered with Food Bank of the Rockies for the past seven years and are delighted to know our efforts, a little at a time, have added up to make such a big impact on our community.  We look forward to continuing our efforts with the food bank in 2015.”

White Crown team and members, we love your enthusiasm, your creativity and your dedication to helping us feed hope.  Thank you for being our partner. We appreciate you!

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Hunger Knows No Season

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.

Watch the story on 9news featuring our CEO, Kevin.  

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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.

 

IMG_0525During the holidays, many businesses want to give back to their communities. Often, the first thought when wanting to help food banks is to host a traditional, non-perishable food drive. Food Bank of the Rockies accepts food drive donations and encourages people to clean out their pantries and donate unwanted but still nutritious items, especially during large food drives through 9Cares Colorado Shares in the fall and summer and the National Association of Letter Carriers in the spring.

But because Food Bank of the Rockies can shop at wholesale or less through the Feeding America network and procure large donations from generous grocers, manufacturers, wholesalers and the agricultural community, we strongly encourage organizations to host virtual food drives rather than going out and purchasing food on our behalf. Hard earned funds can go much further when you let us do the “shopping.”

Every dollar raised allows our food bank to distributed five pounds of food, including perishable items like produce, dairy and meat. We’re good stewards of donor funds, receiving a BBB accreditation and 4-Star (highest) Charity Navigator rating. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes to food distribution.

And virtual food drives are easy for organizations to host - just ask Slalom Consulting!

Slalom Consulting, a business and technology consulting firm, has had tremendous success hosting virtual food drives, raising nearly $15,000 over the past three years – enough to provide almost 60,000 meals and 75,000 pounds of food!

The Slalom Consulting team lives and works in the communities they serve, and strives to make them better and stronger. Knowing that many people along the Front Range struggle with hunger, they decided to focus their efforts on helping Food Bank of the Rockies.

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Since the team serves clients across the Front Range, and often doesn’t make it back to the office on a weekly basis, they decided to utilize the virtual food drive service provided by Food Bank of the Rockies. Through the virtual food drive, they were able to actively engage their team and clients to contribute from any location with an internet connection. Their team found the ease of contribution through the virtual food drive a key factor in their increased donations year over year.

It has also lead to increased awareness and participation in their onsite service days volunteering at the food bank warehouse. The added benefit of the virtual food drive is that Food Bank of the Rockies, in conjunction with their community partners, is better able to source and meet the needs of those struggling to put food on their tables within our community.

“Based on Slalom’s experience with the ease of setup, maintenance, and contributions through the virtual food drive, I encourage  businesses and organizations to take advantage of this opportunity,” says Joseph Kennedy, client service lead at Slalom Consulting. “We can all have a direct and lasting impact on food scarcity across the Front Range community.”

Food Bank of the Rockies is grateful for Slalom Consulting and the tremendous results they've achieved through hosting virtual food drives!

If your organization would like to learn more about hosting a virtual food drive or partnering with us, please visit our Community Partners page. And if you’re ready to get started on your drive, here’s the link.

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The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced that Hunger Is, their joint charitable initiative to fight childhood hunger in America, has awarded over $1.3 million in grants to 198 local charities to connect hungry children living in neighborhoods to healthy food throughout the country.

The Hunger Is campaign kicked off in April with a month-long, in-store fundraiser in more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the U.S. Additional funds were generated through online donations at HungerIs.org. Managers from each participating store nominated a local food or hunger charity serving their immediate community. The selected charities received $1,000 for each nomination.

27 Safeway managers across the state nominated Food Bank of the Rockies to receive the award.  This morning, managers and representatives from Safeway visited the food bank for a tour and awarded FBR with a $27,000 check, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

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We are so grateful for this generous contributions and being nominated by the mangers.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Safeway stores and the foundation, EIF and all the grocery shoppers and Safeway team members for making it possible for FBR to distribute 108,000 more  meals to our community!

Thank You CHS for Your Harvest for Hunger!

Last week we were extremely grateful to receive a generous contribution from CHS employees, customers and partners!

Everyone had a good time raising funds too. M&M Cooperative group held its first Cajun boil and mouse race in Yuma to benefit the Harvest for Hunger campaign. This event alone raised enough to provide 36,300 meals to  Food Bank of the Rockies! See photos from the event here.

Other events included food drives, grain donations, pie throwing contests, pancake breakfasts and dances.  Thanks go out to CHS employees, partners and communities who helped make this years’ Harvest for Hunger campaign an amazing success, resulting in more than 106,000 meals going out to our neighbors in need!

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l to r: Buck Boze (Food Bank of the Rockies), Jim Lengel (M&M Cooperative), Mel Domine (M&M Cooperative), Carolyn Arens (Grainland Coop) & Austin Tharp (Grainland Coop)

To see results from CHS Harvest for Hunger results from across the nation, click here. 

Look What Four 5th Graders Can Accomplish!

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Teachers from Brown International School reached out to us with four students wanting to learn about hunger and help those in need in our community.

At first the students were going to host a food drive.  After researching our website, touring our facility and learning about our Quarters for Kids campaign, part of the Kung Food Fighters® Kids Club, and how 25 cents contributed to FBR becomes a meal, they decided to collect quarters (and dollars) instead.  Over just a few weeks, these four enthusiastic kids raised enough money to provide 667 meals (the equivalent of 833 lbs) for kids and families in need!

Three of the four students stopped by to bring in their contribution and took a few minutes to tell us what they learned. They even made a video about their experience for the class.

We love it when kids want to help others and learn about hunger!  If your group, class or family would like to take a tour and help us fight hunger and feed hope, please visit our Kung Food Fighters® Kids Club page and reach out to us, kidsclub@foodbankrockies.org. We’d love to have you visit!

Ethan Celebrates His Birthday Feeding Hope

Ethan just turned 7. And like many 7 year olds, he had a birthday party, complete with laser tag and go cart racing.  But one thing was a bit different at Ethan’s party – the gifts.  Instead of presents, Ethan asked his friends and family to contribute food to Food Bank of the Rockies. This wise young boy brought in 70 pounds of food for people in need, even more than his weight!   We had the pleasure of meeting him and his family and giving them a tour of FBR.

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We’re always impressed with the compassion of so many young children who want to help. That’s why we started the Kung Food Fighters® Kids Club.  We’ve got lots of ideas for ways to help fight hunger, perfect for kids from preschool to high school. Visit our club website page for activities to download and sign up to receive monthly e-newsletters with games and ideas.