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!

Imagine you’re in middle school, living with two disabled parents and an older brother who suffers from Lupus. Because no one is able to work, the small disability income your family lives on doesn't go very far. It's Friday, and for most kids the weekend means a break from school and time to play.  But for you and your family, it could mean a break from eating.

One 8th grader doesn’t have to imagine. Nalleli Valverde, a family liaison for Adams 12 Five Star schools, tells this young boy's story and talks about how important Totes of Hope ™ will be for him and many other children at her school and across the district. She works with too many families who struggle to have enough money to pay for necessities and she sees the effect hunger has on her students.

Food Bank of the Rockies will distribute 2,000 totes to Adams 12  Five Star Schools today and every Friday throughout the school year. We will also distribute thousands more at several sites throughout our service area. Nearly one in four kids in Colorado lives in a food insecure household. For them, this tote means being able to learn and grow without worrying about having enough to eat. For just $5, you can provide 20 meals for these struggling families. Can you help?

 

Totes Bring Hope to Adams 12 Five Star Schools

April 16th was a beautiful spring day in Adams County and not just because of the weather. 30 volunteers gathered at the Adams 12 Five Star School District to help feed hungry kids. Staff, family liaisons and parent volunteers rolled up their sleeves and filled bags with non-perishable, healthy, kid-friendly items supplied through Food Bank of the Rockies’ Totes of Hope™ - Children program.

This school district, like so many others in our community, has too many kids living in food insecure households. The food they receive will help them and their families have something to eat over the weekend when school meals are not available.

In two hours, these hard-working volunteers packed 2,000 totes! Food Bank of the Rockies is excited to welcome Adams 12 Five Star School District to our Totes of Hope program. None of this would be possible without our donors whose generous financial contributions allow us to fund this critical program.  Can you help us?

 

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Easter will be a lot brighter for our neighbors in need thanks to a huge delivery today from Colorado Egg Producers, Sparbo Farms, Moark Eggs and Rocky Mountain Eggs!  We received 259,200 eggs just in time for the Easter holiday.

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Thank you to our friends at Colorado Egg Producers for your kindness this spring and all year long!

#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.

It’s National Volunteer Week!

feature_test_1Food Bank of the Rockies celebrates National Volunteer Week every third week in April. It’s one of my favorite times at the food bank and a small way of saying “thank you” for these generous gifts of time. Volunteers make such a big difference, not only to FBR, but also to our partner agencies and neighbors in need.  Even though we take this special week to recognize our volunteers, for me and our staff, every day we operate is a day to be grateful for their contributions.

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Can we put a price on the value of volunteering?  According to Independent Sector’s most recent valuation, in Colorado, it’s $22.43 an hour.  Multiply that by the 143,617 hours volunteers contributed last year, and FBR volunteers are worth more than $3.22 million to our organization! Their hard work allows us to accomplish so much more than we could ever do on our own.  To us, volunteers are priceless!

One of the best parts of my day is visiting with our “regulars”. Day after day, week after week, year after year, we can depend on them to lend a hand. They pull orders, sort food, fill boxes, pack totes, help our drivers with USDA, Mobile Pantry and Nutrition Network distributions, assist in the office and prepare meals in our Community Kitchen. They are truly part of the FBR family and are some of the most wonderful people I’ve had the privilege of knowing.

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In addition to our regulars, we work with many kind-hearted individuals and groups who just want to help out for a short time. From students earning community service to corporate groups coming to give back while building camaraderie, we appreciate and welcome each and every one of them.

If you’ve never volunteered at FBR, we encourage you to give it a try.  Visit our website or give us a call to learn how you might be able to help. For everyone who has dedicated time to help us fight hunger, thank you. We salute your efforts!

 

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Fighting Hunger is Disc-y Business!

IMG_1553Wonderful friends of the food bank for many years, Mile High Disc Golf Club visited FBR to tour our warehouse and share contributions raised over the past disc golf season.   This generous organization and its players have been giving to the food bank for a very long time, helping to fight hunger in a big way.

This year, we were surprised to see their contribution more than double what it’s been in years past.  They stepped up their fundraising efforts, raising more than $18,000 and had one generous player kick in the remainder to write us a check for an even $20,000, enough to provide 80,000 more meals to our community!

Ray Woodruff, Mile High Disc Golf President said they wanted to give back after the holiday season, when school meals end with spring and summer breaks and many families struggle to find enough to eat.  We are so grateful for the generosity of this terrific group and we know many families in our community will have a better spring and summer because of their kindness. Thank you Mile High Disc Golf Club members; you’re all winners with our team!

Dawn’s Story and Hungry Kids

Colorado weather is full of surprises. Spring break in Colorado could mean fun in the sun or playing in the snow. It could also mean hunger. Imagine not having the energy to run and play because you didn’t have any food to eat today.  Sadly, there are children right here in our community who don’t have to imagine.  School breaks and weekends should be a time for kids to make happy childhood memories, but for 1 in 4 Colorado kids, it’s a time to worry when and where they’ll find their next meal.

Dawn volunteered with us along with her work group from Sage Hospitality. She shared her powerful story about growing up in a struggling family where she often received food from shelters and through the generosity of programs like Totes of Hope™ and our partner agencies.  She was excited to be able to give back and wanted people to know their gifts really do matter.  “As a kid, you do remember the kindness and you do remember having something to eat.”

Listen to her story and make a contribution if you can.

Success stories like Dawn’s are only made possible through the kindness of our community. Thank you!

 

Ag Day is Awesome!

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Yesterday, we had the pleasure of representing Feeding Colorado to celebrate Colorado Agriculture Day, aka "Ag" Day. Colorado's diverse agriculture and food industry contributes greatly to our way of life and they are generous friends to food banks across the state. Our CEO, Kevin had the pleasure of speaking during the press conference, judging amazing culinary creations and celebrating the wonderful contributions made all year long to Feeding Colorado food banks and their partner agencies throughout the state.

“On behalf of Feeding Colorado, we are grateful for the generosity of the Colorado Agriculture Council and their continued support over the years,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies, the largest of five Feeding America member food banks that make up Feeding Colorado. “Feeding Colorado is dedicated to nourishing communities throughout Colorado by distributing food through our direct service programs and partner agencies. Far too many Coloradans struggle to put food on their tables and today’s donation will make a big difference for them.”

Because of their generosity last year, $973,000 in cash and in-kind contributions went a long way to help our hungry neighbors!  Thank you to everyone in the agricultural community for your continued support of our efforts to fight hunger and feed hope!

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