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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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.

Boy in the Box Again!

20140426_114545Derek McKee has been taking the magic world by storm and gets to rub elbows with famous folks like Lance Burton and David Blaine.  Traveling the world, sharing his magic and positive energy, he’s already an acclaimed, award-winning magician. When you meet him, what really stands out about Derek is his genuine, down-to-earth compassion for those who are less fortunate.  He’ll tell you about how he spent a scary night on skid row with a team of people to gain a deeper understanding of what it’s like to be homeless.  It’s obvious he really cares about making the world a better place and he’s doing that by helping to raise awareness, food, and funds for Food Bank of the Rockies.

He once again lived downtown on the 16th Street Mall, spending nearly a week in a homemade plexiglass box.  His efforts provided non-perishable food and funds for Food Bank of the Rockies.

Thank you Derek for giving us a week of your time and magical energy to raise awareness and provide needed food to our hungry neighbors!

#Surprisingly TCF!

 

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Perhaps you caught a glimpse of the TCF team popping up around town surprising people with free lunch, free coffee and more. You may also have noticed Food Bank of the Rockies barrels at TCF branches throughout Metro Denver.

TCF Bank decided to make a difference in a different way last month, helping the hungry in Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago and Denver. They contributed a dollar for each item donated and for each person using #SurprisinglyTCF on social media. And today, they brought in 1,000 food items and a check for FBR totaling $10,000!

“Today TCF Bank was honored and excited to present Food Bank of the Rockies with a $10,000 donation and over 1,000 nonperishable food items. I would like to thank our customers, employees, and the Denver community for helping us reach the goals of our TCF Surprisingly Rewarding Moments campaign and present these items today. Food Bank of the Rockies is a very important resource for the Denver community and we are very pleased and proud to support their great causes,” said Tim Meyer, Mountain West Branch Banking Director.

FBR is thrilled TCF Bank’s campaign was so successful and we’re excited to be able to share 40,000 meals for our hungry neighbors thanks to TCF Bank and their customers’ kindness. What a nice #Surprise!

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The TCF Team tours our Denver warehouse.

Hear Jeff’s Story and Help Stamp Out Hunger!

Jeff is a letter carrier and volunteering to head up Colorado's Branch 47 for the National Letter Carriers Association (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Helping to fight hunger is important to Jeff and his enthusiam for the drive is delightful! Jeff has taken this drive to heart because he knows first hand what it's like to not always know where you're next meal will come from. His story moved us and we are greatful to him for sharing. He's working to make a difference because today in Colorado, one out of every seven people worries where they'll find their next meal. You can help!

Please leave a can or two or ten by your mailbox, Saturday, May 10 or make a secure contribution online - every $1 = five pounds of food for the drive! Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest food drive and we're hoping to make this year the best every!  Donations in the Denver Metro area will help FBR member agencies stock their shelves during the summer months. We appreciate your support.

And if you or someone you know needs help,  please visit our zip code locator or contact our office, 303.371.9250 for a referral.

The Best Request for Christmas

3All 10 year old Garrett wanted for Christmas was a pair of new headphones, a giant cookie and for people to donate food to Food Bank. So for 3 weeks, with the help of his mom, he collected food from neighbors, friends, his hockey team and anyone else willing to donate. When he came to make his donation, Garrett collected enough to fill an entire wire bin. Thanks to his efforts, the 448 pounds he and his friends contributed will provide 373 meals for hungry people in our community! Garrett , we appreciate your generous spirit. Thank you for helping us feed hope this holiday season!! Do you have a generous kid in your life?  Introduce them to our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club?  It’s free, easy to join and has lots of ideas on ways kids can give back.  Please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club page to learn more.

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