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A Greener Food Bank

It’s only appropriate with Earth Day approaching to announce some exciting “green” news of our own!  Gifts come in all shapes and sizes around here.  Some folks donate funds, some car loads of food, some computers and electronic equipment.  It’s really quite astounding how much good will our neighbors share with us.  This is especially true for the gift that we recently received through Energy Outreach, Xcel Energy and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. 

In an effort to become “greener” and more efficiently utilize funds for feeding our neighbors, our 106,000 square-foot facility was recently gifted with more than $103,000 worth of weatherization improvements through Energy Outreach Colorado’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP).  This program provides free energy audits and efficiency upgrades for qualifying nonprofit facilities across the state.  We consider ourselves blessed to have been chosen to receive these improvements!

Some of the work done includes 7 radiant heaters, pipe insulation, air curtains for walk-in coolers, occupancy sensors and faucet aerators and new refrigerators and merchandisers.  All of this work will save us enough in energy costs to provide more than 28,000 meals for our neighbors in need this year alone! 

 This door assists in keeping cold air from reaching other sections of the warehouse.

 7 radiant heaters make a significant impact on heating the dock area of the warehouse. 

 Air curtains create a vacuum of air, preventing cold air from our freezers and refrigerators from escaping the immediate area.

New energy efficient refrigerators were donated in multiple break areas of the facility.
We can’t thank everyone involved enough for these generous improvements! 
More info about Energy Outreach Colorado…..They’re the only independent, non-profit organization in the state that raises money to help limited income Coloradans afford home energy. Since 1989, EOC has distributed nearly $123 million to fund energy bill payment assistance and energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing. Energy Outreach Colorado relies on private donations, corporate contributions and foundation grants. It has received top ratings from Charity Navigator for eight consecutive years and is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau. Energy Outreach Colorado, www.EnergyOutreach.org, can be reached at 303-825-8750 or at 225 E. 16th Ave. Ste. 200, Denver, CO 80203-1612.

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