Board Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO
Following another year of unpredictability and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, it feels necessary to pause and reflect on the many highs and lows experienced by Food Bank of the Rockies and the communities we serve.
The sustained high need for food assistance last year can be seen acutely in the numbers in this report, particularly in the food-insecurity rates amongst kids, which are even higher than the general population. In fiscal year 2021, we distributed over 110 million pounds of food — a 34.5% increase over the previous year. There were several factors contributing to this rise in need, including the high unemployment rate and the increase in price for basic goods like gas, diapers, and groceries.
To meet this need, we are:
All of these initiatives align with Food Bank of the Rockies’ recent rebranding. More than just a new look, our rebranding embodies our mission to ignite the power of community to nourish people facing hunger. We do this through our programs, partners, volunteers, staff, and generous donors throughout Colorado and Wyoming. For a community to thrive, every member must have the resources they need to flourish. We work daily to provide equitable access to proper nourishment for all: no matter where they live or what circumstances life has thrown their way.
As the past 20+ months have shown us, hardship can strike any of us at any time. And it is through the power of community — all of us, together — that we can help each other thrive.
Board Chair Immediate Past
President & CEO
Eight-year-old Serenity attends a Denver Public School where over 70% of the students qualify for free-or-reduced lunches.
The school participates in Food Bank of the Rockies’ Totes of Hope™ program, which provides food for kids to take home with them on the weekends. Serenity is both a Totes of Hope™ helper and recipient.
“I like helping pack the bags and having snacks for the drive home and the weekend,” Serenity said. “I especially get excited when there is fruit in the bag!”
Totes of Hope™ Recipient
Tina has worked for Denver Human Services for 30+ years and felt encouraged to donate to Food Bank of the Rockies after hearing about her clients’ positive experiences with the Food Bank.
“They were so appreciative of the food they received,” Tina recalled. “They talked about how fresh everything was and how much they enjoyed it.”
While volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies’ 45th Avenue Distribution Center, Tina saw that quality firsthand. “The food you all give out is tremendous. I really believe in what you do and appreciate it.”
Our fiscal year 2021 audited financial reports will be available online in January 2022. To access financial reports from recent years and our upcoming FY21 report, please visit: foodbankrockies.org/about/financials
James started volunteering with Food Bank of the Rockies in 2016, and has been an integral part of our organization ever since.
“I was raised in a way that if you are blessed, you should do something to help others. Practice what you preach,” James said.
He does just that on the loading dock, where he assists with everything from sweeping to loading food into the trucks of Hunger Relief Partners. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of the community food providers. They are real heroes.”
The trials of 2021 were many, but so, too, were the opportunities to meet those challenges head-on. It is with this momentum and determination that we look ahead to 2022 with one mission in mind: To ignite the power of community to nourish people facing hunger.
Your continued support is critical in the fight against hunger. Together, we can help provide nutritious food to everyone experiencing hunger. Together, we can take the next step toward ending food insecurity in Colorado and Wyoming. Together, we can.