Garrett-Gives-BackKids like Garrett give us hope for the future.  For the past three years, Garrett has asked for food and fund donations on his birthday in lieu of gifts. Each year, his contribution grows almost as much as he does.  This year's drive collected enough food and funds to provide almost 3,000 meals!

Thank you Garrett for caring about others and taking the time and effort to help Food Bank of the Rockies.  You are an amazing young man and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Garrett making his first donation in 2014. Has he grown!

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Did you know Food Bank of the Rockies' Kung Food Fighters Kids Club is always looking for great stories on how kids are giving back?  Kids, families and teachers can also find resources, activities and idea sheets to help empower them to make a difference.  Check it out here.

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Much of Colorado’s economy is booming. But not everyone is experiencing this tremendous growth. For many in our community, earning enough to put food on the table is still a struggle. And in our service area, where oil and gas are key industries for good paying jobs, many families are experiencing lay-offs and reduced wages. FBR and our partner agencies are seeing lines for food assistance growing longer, especially during the winter months.

We are so grateful PCL construction realized the need and recently contributed funds to provide 40,000 meals to the community. This contribution couldn’t have come at a better time.

“PCL Construction has, as its core values, a commitment to our community. Our employee owners at PCL Construction in Denver strongly believe in giving back and supporting the future growth of the community in which we work,” said Frank M. Terrasi, Vice President & District Manager, PCL Construction Denver.

This donation will provide sorely needed funds for us to continue feeding families across our service area and help them have a brighter new year. Thank you to PCL for your generous gift!

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snowflake-ornaments-redHonor Gift Contributions with eCards is an Easy-to-Give Gift that will Feed Hungry Families!

Consider sending honorary contributions and holiday themed eCards to let your dear ones know you care this season.

Giving an honor gift is easy!

  • Visit our holiday contribution form online
  • Choose your contribution amount and enter your credit card information
  • Select your card theme
  • Fill in a personal message
  • Type in the email for your recipient(s)
  • Process your contribution and the eCard will go out automatically

Imagine getting all your holiday giving done in one click! You can even email more than one recipient on the same contribution form as long as the card message is the same.

Every dollar you share with us in honor of someone special will provide four meals for hungry men, women and children in our community.  

Get started today. Simply click the link below to go directly to our Holiday eCard contribution form.

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Michael and Virgil Biked for Backpacks!

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Michael and Virgil have strong legs. They also have big hearts. This dynamic duo pedaled from the Denver Tech Center over the mountains to Vail and back on a 5-day adventure to feed kids.  This is their second year supporting Bike for Backpacks, a cross country bike tour to raise awareness and provide food for hungry kids by supporting food bank backpack programs through the CE Shop Foundation. In our service area, their efforts will support Totes of Hope® - Children through Food Bank of the Rockies.

With nearly 1 in 4 kids in Colorado living in food insecure homes, these programs are an important way to ensure kids have nutritious food, especially when school meals are not available. Food Bank of the Rockies funds these programs entirely through donations and funds are greatly appreciated to help these hungry little ones.

The pair celebrated another successful year by wrapping up their ride with a fundraiser at Slattery’s in Greenwood Village. They were greeted by many friends and supporters, including sponsors Realtor® University, National Association of Realtors®, The CE Shop and V Bar. Tired, but smiling, they continued to champion their cause and spread the message that kids should not go hungry.

Thank you Michael and Virgil for your generous spirit and for making a difference in the lives of hungry kids. We appreciate your kindness!

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Midas Drives Out Hunger in Denver

IMG_0330Food Bank of the Rockies was excited to join Midas as the local beneficiary for Midas’ hunger-fighting road trip.  For every #1Mile1Meal shared through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the truck drove another mile and Midas donated a meal.

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The stop in Denver featured free BBQ, lemonade and giveaways. And Midas is offering free oil changes at participating Midas locations for a donation of 10 cans or $10 for a limited time. Please contact your local location for details. Thank you Midas for bringing awareness to hunger in our community and helping us feed our neighbors!

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When a creative group of people put their heads and hearts together, they can make a huge difference in the lives of hungry men, women and children. And even have fun in the process.

The good folks at Caliber Collision did exactly that during their 2015 Rhythm Restoration Food Drive. They heard how families can struggle in the summer months when school is out, forced to find more resources, not only for food, but also for day care and transportation.  And summer isn’t the season when most people think about giving back. We’re grateful the Caliber Collision team decided to help this summer!

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After a successful food and fund drive last year, the team was determined to raise even more money and food this year. They put their heads together and came up with all sorts of ways to help Food Bank of the Rockies.

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From paying to throw a pie at their co-worker to asking for contributions from their vendors, customers and business partners, even tasking their kids with collecting food and funds, this dynamic bunch raised enough to provide nearly 150,000 meals to our community!28

Thank you Caliber Collision! We applaud not only your amazing efforts to help us nourish our community, but also your generous and fun-loving spirit.  Because of your kindness, many families will have less to worry about because they’ll have enough to eat this summer.

Ardent Mills Tee’s Up to Fight Hunger

Our friends at Ardent Mills know that people cannot live by bread alone.  Sometimes you need to raise a little dough!

The largest flour miller in the U.S. has been a tremendous hunger fighting partner with Food Bank of the Rockies since their headquarters moved to Denver last year.  This year, not only did they donate food, their staff also volunteered more than 500 hours helping in our warehouse and recently they held a golf tournament on our behalf.

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Because of their generosity and contributions from their team members and partners, FBR will be able to distribute more than 440,000 meals to hungry men, women and children.

Thank you Ardent Mills for rising to the challenge and helping us feed hope to our community!

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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!