Food = Hope

Thank you to guest blogger Rhonda Richmond, EdD who shared her story about growing up in poverty. We were moved by what she shared and hope you will be too.

me as a little kid

My grandmother raised me in Denver, CO.  She was a maid; a foster mother and she raised most of my siblings and cousins.  It was not uncommon for there to be anywhere from 13 to 18 people (mostly children) in our home at one time.  We often received food baskets, used Commodities and got food from the food bank. I cannot express to you how thankful I am that groups like you are around to fill the gap.

I also get defensive about the need for people to have food. I remember one year, I was in college and a gentleman began telling the class how hunger in America was a choice.  He said that people, who are poor, choose to be poor and for that reason, we should stop giving them stuff to make them want a hand out. I remember how bitter those statements made me on the inside.  Then I realized that he had never experienced poverty or hunger in his entire life.  He never knew what it means not to have the basic things one needs to survive from day to day.  Of course he could call it a choice, he had never felt the whip of the violence that poverty is.

My grandmother (single with only a 4th grade education – a former cotton picker) had known poverty her entire life.  She raised us not to think of the things we needed to survive as a handout and she told us not to be too proud to ask for help.

By contributing to FBR, people are saving lives.

Rhonda Richmond, EdD
Education: Teaching and Learning
Higher and Postsecondary Education



We agree with Dr, Richmond.  Food is a basic need.  No one should go hungry.  Thank you for reading our blog, advocating for the hungry and for helping us feed hope!

Hunger Knows No Season


Hunger knows no season.

In 2010, Food Bank of the Rockies began distributing food in rural areas where more help was needed by launching a Mobile Pantry program.  In 2011, we brought the program to Metro Denver, serving areas where the need was especially high.  Last year, we distributed enough food for more than 3 million meals in high need areas throughout our service area.

Right before Christmas, we met some of these struggling neighbors who were kind enough to share their stories about why this program is so important to them; important enough to wait in chilly winter temperatures for a few hours to receive much needed food, including produce and perishable items.

Your contributions of funds and time help make programs like this possible!


Rachel’s Story


Rachel watches her two granddaughters while her daughter works the night shift at a nearby hospital.  Her partner works for $9 an hour and she receives $150 every two weeks while she looks for part-time work.  Rent is high and Rachel and her partner struggle to pay the bills. The help she receives from Project Access Resource Centers, a member agency of Food Bank of the Rockies, allows her to provide healthy food for her granddaughters when they come home from school.  This food has been a big help for Rachel and her family.

Hunger Knows No Season

The Scott family struggles to make ends meet.  Three teens and their hard working mom don't always know where their next meal will come from.  They are not alone.  1 in 7 men and women and nearly 1 in 4 Colorado children live in food insecure households.

The holiday season is wrapping up and for Food Bank of the Rockies and many other charities, the giving season is slowing down as well. 65% of all the funds raised come in just 60 days. We are so grateful for the generosity of those who help us during the holidays! We work hard to stretch your contributions to last the entire year, but it's important to remember people are hungry, not just in December, but all year long.

Watch the story on 9news featuring our CEO, Kevin.  


If you'd like to help feed families like the Scotts all year, consider joining FEED365™ and make a gift to FBR each month. Learn how easy it is to get started by clicking here.


If you've already given, thank you!  If you haven't or want to share a little more before the New Year begins, here's some inspiration for you!


1. Your donation is tax deductible.
2. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes to food distribution.
3. We’re BBB accredited.
4. We’ve received a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator for 5 consecutive years (only 4% of charities can claim this distinction.)
5. 1 in 7 people in the area we serve are struggling to put food on the table.
6. Nearly 1 in 4 kids live in food insecure households.
7. Through Denver’s Table Food Rescue program, we saved 9.7 million pounds of nutritious food from ending up in a landfill and instead, landing on plates of hungry people.
8. FBR mobile pantry sites throughout metro Denver and in rural Colorado in fiscal 2014, distributed enough nutritious food for more than 3 million meals.
9. Every Monday – Friday during the school year, more than 2,600 kids across our service area will sit down to healthy dinners through our Kids Cafe program. Even more will enjoy a healthy lunch during summer break.
10. 4,800 needy kids will take home weekend food through our Totes of Hope™ Children program and 800 kids will receive healthy daily snacks through our After School Snacks program.
11. 1,000 low-income seniors will receive monthly food through our Totes of Hope™ Seniors and 9,000 seniors will receive USDA food boxes, distributed through FBR.
12. More than 800 hunger relief agencies (pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc…) depend on FBR for an average of 61% of all the food they distribute to their clients.
13. Families like Colin’s, Beverly’s and Mark’s would go hungry without food provided through FBR, our programs and our partner agencies. Read their stories on our blog.
14. Hunger Knows No Season. Your gift today will make a HUGE difference to hungry men, women and children in our community, all year long!  


Mark’s Story – Holiday Hope

Mark-11-14 2Mark volunteers at FBR’s Denver warehouse.  He shared with us that just last winter, his family needed food assistance.  His story is a great example of why our staff comes to work every day and how contributions to FBR truly change lives.

After a serious car accident, Mark found himself unable to work.  His family couldn't make ends meet on his wife’s nursing salary alone.  With mounting health bills, hungry children to feed and winter’s utility bills filling the mailbox, they knew they needed to find help. And help came in the form of food from Food Bank of the Rockies. That nourishment provided not only peace of mind, but also a chance for the family to get back on their feet without going hungry.

Mark believes people should give back to each other and that’s why he’s sharing his time volunteering in our warehouse.  We’re glad Mark’s story has a happy ending and grateful to all who help us by giving time, food and funds.  1 in 7 Coloradans are going through struggles similar to Mark’s and worry where they’ll find their next meal. Your gifts make more of a difference than you could imagine to hungry men, women and children in our community.

Thank you for your support! Together we can solve hunger.


The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced that Hunger Is, their joint charitable initiative to fight childhood hunger in America, has awarded over $1.3 million in grants to 198 local charities to connect hungry children living in neighborhoods to healthy food throughout the country.

The Hunger Is campaign kicked off in April with a month-long, in-store fundraiser in more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the U.S. Additional funds were generated through online donations at Managers from each participating store nominated a local food or hunger charity serving their immediate community. The selected charities received $1,000 for each nomination.

27 Safeway managers across the state nominated Food Bank of the Rockies to receive the award.  This morning, managers and representatives from Safeway visited the food bank for a tour and awarded FBR with a $27,000 check, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!


We are so grateful for this generous contributions and being nominated by the mangers.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Safeway stores and the foundation, EIF and all the grocery shoppers and Safeway team members for making it possible for FBR to distribute 108,000 more  meals to our community!

IMG_1694November 4, thirteen Colorado hospitality organizations and 630 industry professionals joined forces for the 21st Annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon. Their efforts will provide more than 96,000 meals for Food Bank of the Rockies’ Denver’s Table program. Serving Up Hope is sponsored by the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado, a coalition of professional meetings industry-related organizations.

Chefs from local hotels and restaurants provided mouthwatering appetizers, entrées and desserts. Culinary awards were given to range New American West for Best Appetizer, The Renaissance Denver Hotel for Best Entrée, and Panzano for Best Dessert, The People’s Choice award for presentation went to Denver Marriott City Center.


The annual food drive competition between the thirteen MIC organizations also brought in 26,161 pounds of food in addition to the $24,000 raised by the luncheon. Awards for the most food donated per member were given to two organizations – Christian Meetings and Conventions Association (CMCA) for the organization with less than 125 members and Professional Convention Management Association Rocky Mountain Chapter (PCMA) for the organization with more than 125 members.

Thank you to all the attendees, organizations and culinary experts for making this a wonderful event possible and for feeding hope to our neighbors in need this holiday season!

Congratulations Ron Torpy, Our 7 Everyday Hero!

When you think of heroes, you might visualize someone in uniform, maybe even someone wearing a cape and tights, but when the team at Food Bank of the Rockies thinks about a hero, we think about Ron Torpy, our long-time volunteers and truly a hero to the hungry in our community.

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Come visit our reclamation area Monday - Wednesday, and even a few Saturdays, and you're likely to find Ron there, sorting food, lifting boxes and helping the other volunteers with questions.  Ron, a retired letter carrier, will tell you he enjoys the physical activity and keeping in shape.  And we're sure glad he does. Since 2003, Ron has contributed more than 13,400 hours - the equivalent of 6 1/2 years of full time work!

We were so excited when 7 News' Mitch Jelniker surprised Ron with a visit to the food bank during one of his volunteer shifts to present him with a 7 Everyday Hero award.

Thank you Ron for all you do to help us fight hunger.  You are truly deserving of this honor and we're so grateful to have you as a volunteer!

Watch Ron's story on Channel 7's webpage.

Ron-7 Everyday Hero

A Perfect Day for Panerathon


On a crisply beautiful September morning, runners laced up their shoes, some even leashed up their pups, to walk, jog, run and race through the 5 and 10K courses for this year’s Panerathon.


DSC00935Kids joined Colorado Rapids mascot, Franz the Fox and Shoe Dog, the Dalmatian from Road Runner Sports, for the fun run.  Participants enjoyed face painting, games, vendor samples and of course, delicious food and drink from the local Panera.


Thank you to our main sponsors, Panera Bread, Panera Catering and Nationwide, all our sponsors, vendors and to everyone who participated and volunteered.  This year’s event will provide nearly 40,000 meals for our community.