Never Too Small To Fight Hunger

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Not long ago, one of our youngest donors stopped by to drop off a contribution and tour the food bank.  Hannah is only five, but as soon as you meet her, you immediately realize she has wisdom and compassion far beyond her years.  This caring kindergartener saved her allowance and brought in $12 to share with hungry kids.  We were happy to let her know her gift will provide 48 meals and every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference to someone who’s hungry.   We were happy to tour Hannah and her family. Meeting her brightened our afternoon and gave us renewed hope for the future.

Hannah, you are an awesome Kung Food Fighter and we are grateful for your kindness!

Do you know about our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club?  It’s free and easy to join.  Please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club page to learn more.

Tom and Ed did it Again!

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One of the most enjoyable private Christmas displays you’ll ever see is located near 58th and Ward Road in Arvada.  Stop by Tom and Ed’s place during the holidays and you’ll be treated to twinkly lights moving to music and bringing lots of joy to the crowd.

Tom and Ed do this purely for the love of it each year and didn’t want to accept money for their power bill. Instead, they started accepting donations on behalf of Food Bank of the Rockies.  Over the last few years, they’ve helped us provide tens of thousands of meals through their and their visitors’ generosity.  This year was no exception. We received a gift from Tom, Ed and their visitors that will provide 11,244 meals!

Thanks for not only lighting of the holiday season, Tom and Ed, but for also brightening the New Year for our hungry neighbors!

Meet Kayla, 8 and Michael, 7, Kung Food Fighters extraordinaire! This sister and brother duo attended our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club pizza party and learned about the Quarters for Kids campaign.  They wanted to help and after brainstorming with mom, they decided to spend the day at Sloan’s Lake, offering lemonade and goat petting for donations.

When they came to the food bank to bring in their donation and take a tour, Kayla and Michael filled us in on a little secret; the goats raised more money than the lemonade!  At the end of the day, their hard work provided 138 meals for hungry kids. What a fantastic effort by some very caring kids and their parents.  Thank you Kayla, Michael, Mom, Dad and of course the goats for helping us feed kids in need!

Do you know about our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club?  It’s free and easy to join.  Please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club page to learn more.

Panera Bread Gives Back

uly 018Panera Bread is volunteering at our warehouse today. We asked them to share a little bit about how they make a difference. We are very grateful for their partnership and look forward to providing many meals to our community because of their and their customers' generosity!

At Panera Bread®, we believe in giving back to the communities in which we serve. We have worked to help combat the problem of hunger in Denver for 12 years when we opened our first bakery-café in Colorado. Since then, our efforts fighting hunger have grown to include various charitable initiatives, donations and numerous community events.

Panera is proud to partner with Food Bank of the Rockies, an outstanding partner who is providing meals to our neighbors in need.

We partner with FBR through our Operation Dough- Nation Community Breadbox™ program where customer’s spare change is collected and donated annually to FBR.  On January 20th, 2014, Panera associates have a unique opportunity to volunteer their time during the MLK National Day of Service to the Food Bank of the Rockies.   This unique volunteer opportunity gives our associates the ability to follow the donations in our ODN boxes and witness firsthand the change it makes in our community.  Every cent counts! As a partner with FBR we enjoy seeing how these donations add up to big change in our community.   Next time you are in a Panera, unload your pockets in our Operation Dough-Nation Community Breadbox! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for annual Panerathon 5K/10K in September!

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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40,000 More Meals, Just in Time for the Holidays!

IMG_0874Jessica Rink, Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager for Bank of America stopped by the food bank yesterday with a wonderful gift. Thanks to a grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Food Bank of the Rockies will be able to provide 40,000 meals to our neighbors in need, just in time for the holidays. The grant we received is part of ongoing investments the Bank of America Charitable Foundation is making to address immediate critical needs, such as hunger and shelter, and longer term solutions that promote financial wellness through access to benefits and resources. We are filled of gratitude, knowing the pantries of those struggling to put food on the table will be filled as well. Thanks Bank of America!

It All Started With a PB&J

We sure do love innovative ideas that better the lives of our neighbors in need.  We received this email from a new friend of the food bank and wanted to share.  Be inspired.  And buy a sandwich card while you're at it!  

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 Dear Food Bank of the Rockies,

Thanks for being so enthusiastic about my company, Food for Thoughts Cards, and our "greeting cards that give back locally." My first donation is in the mail to you - with a sample card, as promised.  Again, the back story is simple. I pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to give to a homeless person when I take the train from New Jersey to New York University each week, where I teach part-time. Now I've taken that effort up a notch through Food for Thoughts Cards. 

We launched our line of giving-back cards in January. The cards are shaped with a bread outline, and with the purchase of each card we donate (the cash equivalent of) a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a food pantry. Our history of giving back can be found on our website and our Facebook page. Our store locations are on the sites as well.

http://www.foodforthoughtscards.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FoodForThoughtsCards

Here's the best part... We think locally. Stores may select the food pantry to receive Food for Thoughts Cards' donation for cards they purchase. One card = one sandwich donation. My donation to you (equivalent to 111 sandwiches) is for cards purchased by Swoozie's in Denver.

We have nine 5x5 card designs. The cards are  packaged in a clear sleeve and the quality is excellent. They are printed in New Jersey on recycled paper.  People love the cards - both the cards themselves and the concept. It's an amazing way to give back and feed the hungry in local communities.  One last thing. Here's an article about my company that was published last week in the Morristown NJ Patch:

http://morris.patch.com/groups/volunteering/p/changing-the-world-one-pbj-at-a-time

Kind Regards,

Connie

Century Link Makes a Huge Impact

Century Link recently raised 130,000 pounds of food and more than $400,000 in cash during their national food drive.  Because their donations exceeded the $1 million dollar mark, the match dollars were divided among the beneficiaries of their 2013 food drive across the country.  Food Bank of the Rockies was blessed to be included in that list!  The CenturyLink Foundation committed to matching all food donations at $1.00 per pound and all monetary donations at $6.00 to every $1.00 donated, up to 1 million dollars company wide.

 We're thrilled to announce that the Food Bank of the Rockies received a check from the CenturyLink Foundation in the amount of $27,500!  How outstanding is that?  THANKS to all the employees at Century Link for providing 110,000 meals to our Colorado neighbors in need.  And that's just one small section of the impact you made across the country.  Awesome!  

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Kung Food Fighters Tour and Give Back!

When we launched the Kung Food Fighters Kids Club a couple months back, we had no idea how many amazingly awesome kids would pop out of the wood work.  A couple weeks ago, we hosted a private tour for club members and their families, followed by a delicious breakfast provided by our in-house chef.   20 kiddos and their parents joined us to learn about what Food Bank of the Rockies does in the community and how important they are in our society.  Ranging from ages 3-18, these kids learned about tangible outlets for giving back to their community.  

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One of the kids in attendance was the amazing Clark.  This soon-to-be 6th grader organized a "Fun Run" in his neighborhood and collected over $1,300 for FBR!  How outstanding is that?  He created an impressive, larger than life check that will be proudly hung on our gigantic wall of checks.  In addition, our friend Derek (who lived in a plexi-glass box on the 16th street mall this past spring to fight childhood homelessness and hunger) joined us to talk to the kids about how important it is to step outside their comfort zones to make a difference in the world.  

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We're blessed to have this club as an outlet for working with, educating and empowering kids to see their potential for positive change!  If you haven't signed your kiddos us, you can do so right here.   

Last week, we were blessed with yet another outpouring of generosity through 9Cares Colorado Shares and King Soopers.  Coloradans came forward to fight hunger and donated over 14,000 pounds of food and purchased boxes which provided an additional 130,000 pound of food through our friends at King Soopers!  This past Thursday, over 100 hunger relief agency partners lined up at a warehouse space that was graciously loaned to us for the week and loaded their vehicles with much appreciated food to distribute to clients on the front lines of hunger.  It was a busy week and one that leaves us so grateful and amazed at the impact we can make when we all work together toward a common goal.  

THANKS to 9NEWS, King Soopers, our volunteers and all our generous neighbors for making this distribution possible!  

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