“Honestly, it felt more like a flood. Sometimes, after paying our mortgage and
monthly utility bills, we’d have $12 left in the bank,”

Sometimes, when it rains, it really pours. Roxanne and her family faced enormous medical bills that engulfed the family with debt, right as they were expecting their third child. Even with her husband’s full-time job and health care coverage, the bills far
exceeded his pay.

“Honestly, it felt more like a flood. Sometimes, after paying our mortgage and
monthly utility bills, we’d have $12 left in the bank,” explains Roxanne. “And yet we didn’t quite qualify for any financial assistance.”

A nearby pantry helped the family with groceries. The meat, dairy products, and fresh produce help keep the children happy and healthy. According to Roxanne, boxed meals and dry goods are a saving grace over the holiday break, to. She plans to store some items so she’ll have meals and snacks to serve the children when free school lunches aren’t available.

Asking for help was humbling, but she tells us, “The experience was also relieving and welcoming. Now, even as we get slowly back on our feet, the pantry is the reason we’re getting by.”

Help us feed children.

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

In this holiday newsletter, we share stories from families who face unthinkable challenges – how to feed the people they love when there is no money to buy food. Imagine the feeling of despair these mothers and fathers felt, not knowing how they’d be able to provide a healthy meal for their children. Thanks to your kindness, they were able to turn despair into hope.

Hunger strikes children, seniors and working families. Hunger knows no season. Holidays are especially hard, but even harder are the cold winter weeks that follow. The holidays end, but the hunger remains. Because you care, Food Bank of the Rockies provides more than 134,000 meals a day, all year long, to families facing difficult times. Without your help, we could never accomplish this.

We all desire a community without hunger – where children, seniors and the families who care for them never have to worry where they’ll find their next meal. Together, we can work toward solving hunger. I wish you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous and peaceful 2018 and thank you for helping us feed hope.

Make the holidays bright for someone in need.

“They’re giving us food and also hope by showing us that we’re not in this alone. There are people out there to help. There are people out there who care.”

Victoria and Steven used to live in Lubbock, Texas. They had a three bedroom house, a big yard and Steven had a well-paying job that was more than enough to provide for their three-year-old son. Unexpectedly, the family had to give it all up and relocate to take care of Victoria’s ailing mother and her aunt. Both ladies could no longer get around by themselves and needed Victoria to be there to make their meals, drive them to doctors appointments and help with medication and other needs.

Victoria shares, “For us, family comes first. We were happy to sacrifice our lives to take care of two women who raised me, but it hasn’t been easy. My husband had to leave his job and is struggling to find a new one. We spent our savings on the move, and we now have five mouths to feed instead of three. My mother and aunt’s fixed incomes don’t go very far.”

The family turned to a local pantry for help. “The food pantry has been a lifesaver. By giving us nutritious staples to get through the month, it’s turned a situation that could have been one of hopelessness and despair into a hopeful one – where we can feed our family and hold our heads up high through a difficult, but temporary time,” Victoria explains.

She’s confident her husband will find work soon and is optimistic about the future. Until then, she’s grateful for the pantry. “They’re giving us food and also hope by showing us that we’re not in this alone. There are people out there to help. There are people out there who care.”

Help families get back on their feet.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Elizabeth Andrew

Carol Lynn, pictured above, shared more than 500 volunteer hours with Food Bank of the Rockies last year. For the past five years, she’s helped fill Totes of Hope orders and we counted on her to volunteer every week. Carol Lynn recently moved out of state and while we’re happy for her new adventure, we’re sad that we now have some small-sized but very big shoes to fill.

If you’ve never volunteered at Food Bank of the Rockies, the New Year would be a great time to start! We need help all year long and especially in January and February, our slowest months for volunteer participation – and some of our most important for hungry families. We accept volunteers for one shift to give it a try or for several shifts to give priceless hope to our neighbors facing hunger.

Learn more about how you can help us with your gift of time by visiting our website FoodBankRockies.org/volunteer. You can schedule a shift or two or ten! And if you have questions, our volunteer team is happy to answer them. Reach out to volunteer@foodbankrockies.org or give us a call.

Volunteer today.

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.