Charlotte and Claire Bake for Hope

Sisters Charlotte and Claire wanted to help hungry kids. Together, with their mom, they baked treats and sold them to raise funds for Food Bank of the Rockies.

Charlotte baked cookies and cream cookies and lemon tarts and her sister baked sugar cookies.  They came for a tour to see how their funds would help and learn a little more about hunger in our community.

Big thanks to the girls and their mom for caring about others. 160 people will enjoy a nutritious meal because of their kindness.

If you have little ones interested in giving back, please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club to get ideas on helping and activities to learn about hunger!

 

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.

Sometimes Sibling Rivalry Leads to Good Things

Ah, sibling rivalry!  We love it when it leads to doing doubly good work for hungry families!

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Sometimes siblings can be a good influence on each other. And big sister Carmen was certainly that to her little sister, Reese. When Carmen decided to save some of her allowance to donate to the food bank, younger sister Reese didn't want to be left out, so she decided to help out too.  The sisters and their mom came to FBR to make their donations and take a tour. Thanks Carmen, Reese and mom for helping to make Colorado a better place for hungry families. We are so grateful you care!

If you're family would like to learn more about how kids can make a difference, please visit our Kung Food Fighters Kids Club for fun activities and ideas.

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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.

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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School is out and summer lunches are served!

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Food Bank of the Rockies will be providing nutritious lunches to kids across our service area all summer. We’re supplying food for more than 70 sites, to kids who might not otherwise have enough healthy food at home.

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Kids munched on hamburgers or sandwiches, strawberries, sweet potato fries, salad and milk at College View Elementary, while being entertained by Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Bronco Alumni, Ed McCaffrey, Darlene Barnes from the USDA and Tami Anderson from Western Dairy Association presented at the event.

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Food Bank of the Rockies provided the food for more than 200 children. Denver Public Schools, Colorado Department of Education, Denver Inner City Parish and Hunger Free Colorado also supported the event.

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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.