facebook_1466541711948Who says you’re too young to make a difference? Certainly that’s not the case for students at Brighton United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School. VBS coordinator Deb Freidholm, shared with the students how the church participates in the Totes of Hope™ program for kids in need in the community and how it’s important to give back to families and friends who struggle with hunger.

The kids learned that even 25¢ could make a difference, since every quarter becomes a meal for someone who’s hungry. The students were sent home with empty milk cartons along with and a note to the parents, telling them about the Quarters for Kids Campaign.

“The group goal we set was $1200,” said LaVeta Lowrey, Outreach & Congregational Care Chairperson for the church. “Well... our kids are over achievers when it comes to such a great cause! We had a blessed VBS! And we gladly share our blessings with you, FBR!”

The Brighton United Methodist Church VBS raised enough money to provide not only the 4,800 meals set by their goal, but exceeded it by 1,752 meals,collecting enough to provide a whopping 6,552 meals for hungry men, women and children.

Thank you to the church and all the students and their families and friends for pitching in to help.  Summer can be a rough time for hungry families and your generosity will help make the summer a lot brighter for our friends in need.  We appreciate each and every one of you!

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Not wanting to be outdone by little sister Audrey, featured in this post, 7 year old Sierra, along with her sister, held a "fabulous Spring Celebration", asking guests to bring food and fund donations to their party, even creating an invitation with Food Bank of the Rockies' logo.

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The family stopped by the food bank for a tour and a chance for the sisters to see how the food bank would put their donations to good use, even giving them a quick glimpse of the big refrigerator on this warm spring day.

Thank you to Audrey and Sierra and their caring parents for working together to help FBR make sure no one goes hungry.  You inspire us and are great examples of how we can all make a difference for hungry families!

We Love it When Kids Give Back!

IMG_1343 Food Bank of the Rockies was delighted to be invited to the graduation ceremony at Patterson Elementary School in Jefferson County. The 3rd graders at Patterson learned about economics and giving back. They hosted a Teddy Bear Tea.  The kids made Teddy Bears in art class and had the option of allowing their Teddy Bears to be auctioned at the tea party.  They raised enough to provide 2,113 meals for the community. Wow!

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Thanks to all the kids, parents and teachers for learning about  giving back.  Your efforts will make a big difference for hungry families this summer!

Teacher Ryan Livingston tells us about the school project.

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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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!

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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