For the 2013 summer, I was blessed with the task of helping Food Bank of the Rockies visit more than 80 agencies as a part of the Hunger in America 2014 survey.
Every four years, Feeding America food banks across the nation survey the community members utilizing their services, either directly or through their partner agencies. The information obtained from the surveys helps each food bank garner more food and funding through an updated slew of statistics.
My experience has been nothing short of enlightening and humbling. I’ve meet more crusaders in the world of hunger relief than I ever thought I would, as well as getting the chance to sit down with some of the people who utilize our agencies’ services and hear their stories.
At the beginning of this experience, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I envisioned myself going to an agency, letting some people answer some questions and heading home. But, after finishing my first few hunger studies, I realized what invaluable opportunity I had received. Every time I visit an agency for a hunger study, I get the chance to be an advocate for those who sometimes aren’t listened to. I get to share their stories and bring awareness to a problem we face in Colorado; a problem that can be fixed.
Food Bank of the Rockies’ services help dozens of Coloradans find nourishment for their households and provide hope for those in need. Without the dedication of their volunteers, staff and community support, this organization wouldn’t be able to make the impact they do in the community, which deserves praise in every way.
I’ll leave my internship knowing that my services made a difference. That someone, somewhere in the state, will be able to put a meal on their family’s table because of the kindness and generosity of others. I’ll leave this knowing that Food Bank of the Rockies inspired one more person to continue the fight against hunger, in any way she can.