“Roy has a great job in the medical field and when he’s healthy, his income takes care of him, his wife and their son. “

Roy used to be able to help others financially, but now he and his family are the ones who need help. Roy has a great job in the medical field and when he’s healthy, his income takes care of him, his wife and their son. This year, after five unexpected major surgeries, Roy had to take a leave from work and the medical expenses drained all the family’s savings. His wife is a retail cashier and her income doesn’t go far enough. Recently, Roy’s family had no food in the house and no money to restock their pantry.

Fortunately, a local pantry was there to help. They delivered fresh produce, dairy, protein and other items to last the family more than a week. A couple weeks later, Roy felt a little better and showed up to help with the food distribution. He choked up as he expressed his gratitude for Food Bank and the Rockies and our partner agency, “It’s nice to know there are folks out there that are carrying on this kind of an outreach in the community and I just want to say how much I appreciate it, so thank you!” Food assistance is critical to the health and well-being of families like Roy’s and can mean the difference between hunger and healing. Watch Roy tell his story on YouTube/FoodBankRockies.

Help us feed children.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
~Winston S. Churchill

To build a house, you need a blueprint. To build a community without hunger, a blueprint helps too.

Did you read Roy and Jan’s stories in this newsletter? They’re two of our neighbors facing very difficult situations and experiencing food insecurity. Roy and Jan are not alone. Too many Coloradans don’t always know where the next meal will come from. Hunger is a terrifying reality for 1 in 10 Coloradans and 1 in 6 Colorado kids.

We know hunger isn’t good for our community. Food is a must. When people don’t have adequate nutrition, children can’t grow and learn. Mental and overall health and wellness suffer. Hunger negatively impacts our economy through lost workforce contributions and increased health care costs. FBR’s mission is to help families thrive with a vision to make food security a reality for every Colorado family. We’re proud to participate in and share The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger.

Food Bank of the Rockies joined with a broad coalition of 35 Colorado organizations and leaders in hunger relief, health care, government, education and community support, as well as individuals experiencing hunger. Together, with the support of the Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger was created, laying out a five-year effort of clear and actionable strategies to end hunger for Coloradans.

Key elements of the plan include efforts to ensure every income-eligible Coloradan participates in both the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Woman, Infants and Children Food and Nutrition Service (WIC), which focuses on mothers, infants, and children under five years of age. The Blueprint also calls for boosting participation in Federal Child Nutrition programs and expanding the number of Coloradans who can access the food they need through community-based organizations.

We’re doing our part to end hunger. And we couldn’t do it without your support. Thank you! To learn more about this five-year plan to end hunger for all Coloradans, visit endhungerco.org.

$1 = 4 Meals for our neighbors in need.

“I couldn’t have done it without my local food bank”

Jan realized something wasn’t right with her four grandchildren when the oldest, then 4 years old, would arrive for a weekend stay at grandma’s house, only talking gibberish. By the end of the weekend the child was speaking fine. Weekend after weekend, she would go through the same process with her grandchild. After a series of events and the involvement of the law, Jan learned her daughter-in-law was drugging the children in order to keep them sleeping so she could continue her own drug habit.

Jan emptied her 401K and her husband’s as well, struggling for years of legal battles to protect her grandchildren. Their living expenses increased when Jan and her husband took custody of the children and needed more space. All four children required medical attention and therapy – another expense.

Today, the children are happy, healthy and growing. Jan shares, “I couldn’t have done it without my local food bank.” In addition to shopping when she needs extra help, Jan has received holiday meals for her family, presents and clothes for the kids, and assistance with medical expenses. Because of the size of her family, the food bank provides larger meats like full turkeys or hams. This allows Jan to stretch the food for many meals. Jan also commented on the cost of fresh vegetables and the ability to get greens and fruits for the children. “At one point, the only thing I could feed one of the kids was smoothies,” she tells us, explaining how the food and help she receives is invaluable.

Four years after taking custody of their grandchildren, Jan and her husband are slowly getting back on their feet. “After hitting rock bottom, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Jan says. She never imagined herself needing help from a food pantry, and feels blessed to have these resources available.

Every dollar provides four meals and immeasurable hope. Thank you for your support!

Help families get back on their feet.

“Thank you for helping us nourish our community. Together we can solve hunger.”

Back in the days of bell bottoms and feathered hair, a small group of dedicated people decided to feed Denver’s hungry. Sharing bread from a nearby Safeway store, our first donor, with Little Sisters of the Poor, our first partner agency, Food Bank of the Rockies, known at that time as The Colorado Food Clearing House, began distributing food and hope.

The city grew. The need grew. And the food bank grew too. In 1994, FBR exceeded 10 million pounds distributed. Working to better serve outlying areas, branches opened on the Western Slope and in Wyoming. In 2006, distributing more than 20 million pounds, the food bank moved its main warehouse to the current location on 45th Street and expanded programs to meet the needs of hungry children, families and seniors. In 2018, FBR expects to exceed 60 million pounds and 50 million meals distributed through our partner agencies and direct service programs. All this is only possible with the support of our generous community. Thank you for helping us nourish our community. Together we can solve hunger.

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134,000 Meals a Day Makes an Impact.

Your gifts fuel hope for thousands of men, women and children. We reach them through many programs including:

  • Kids Programs
  • Partner Meal Sites and Pantries
  • Mobile Pantries
  • Food Rescue
  • Senior CSFP Boxes

Give now and feed a neighbor in need.