Vision and a Volvo Filled with Bread Launched the Way for Colorado’s Largest Human Services Nonprofit

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Food Bank, Faces of Hunger, Newsy

It’s astounding how a big vision and taking the first small steps to make it happen can lead to exactly what you imagine. When we began researching the food bank’s history to commemorate our 40th anniversary, we found a photo copy of a letter Governor Dick Lamm sent to Kathy Hackwith Groth, lauding her efforts to start the Colorado Food …

Life Can Change in an Instant – Alice’s Story

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger

Alice shared her story with us while volunteering at our Denver warehouse.  Eight years ago, her husband, an insurance adjuster, fell off a roof and suffered serious permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury.  Suddenly they went from a dual income family to Alice being the sole supporter.  “In an instant, everything changed,” Alice tears up. “I had no idea …

Caring Unexpectedly for Grandchildren Who Need Nourishment and Healing

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger

Jan (named changed to protect identity) 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 …

Bud Ferdon – Leaving a Legacy

Janie Gianotsos Uncategorized

One man can change the lives of so many, even after he’s gone. We’re grateful to tell Bud’s story of inspiration and his generosity and thank his grandson, Loren Verville, for sharing this story with us. Bud grew up in Wisconsin. His parents struggled to provide for their children but always did the best they could. Growing up, Bud’s family …

Volunteers – We’re Counting on YOU to show up!

Janie Gianotsos Large Group Volunteering, Newsy, Volunteer Opportunities

Your Presence Is Critical Have you ever been stood up for a lunch date or a meeting? You’re expecting someone to arrive but they don’t show. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? When individuals or groups schedule a volunteer shift and then they don’t show up, it’s more than just frustrating – it impacts our entire organization, our network of hunger relief …

Young Hunger Heroes Spark Change

Janie Gianotsos Food & Fund Drive, Kung Food Fighters, Newsy

It’s amazing what a group of young people can do when they come together to support the causes they care about! The Spark Change program, offered through Young Americans Center for Financial Education, allows students to give back to their communities and practice leadership. Food Bank of the Rockies was recently honored with a $500 Spark Change donation from a …

Chuck Johnson Recognized with the 2017 Betty Van Hook Award

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Food Bank, Newsy, Volunteer Opportunities

  Each year, we select one outstanding volunteer who exemplifies Betty’s enthusiasm, heart and commitment. We are pleased to present this year’s award to Chuck Johnson. Six years ago, Chuck was down on his luck. Unemployed and fighting depression, he sat in church one Sunday morning and noticed a flyer. His church could get additional food credits for their pantry …

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Break and Neither Do Our Friends at Mile High Disc Golf Club!

Janie Gianotsos Fund Drive, Newsy

Helping the Hungry is Disc-y Business Several years ago, these wonderful disc golfers set out to make a difference with their annual Ice Bowl, raising funds to help us feed our hungry neighbors. When members of their club came in to present their check, they noticed our Million Meals Club. This club recognizes supporters who have provided at least $250,000 …

Carmela’s Story

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger

When you meet our senior box delivery driver, Peggy, you can’t help but notice her shining smile. She has one of the best jobs in the place because she gets to deliver food to home bound seniors like Carmela. At 93, you’d never know Carmela needed help. When we interviewed her, she appeared spunky and sharp with lots of stories to …