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New Partnership with Denver Broncos Foundation and Centura Health Helps Address Food Insecurity in Denver

A group photo with Dr. Oswaldo Grenardo, school principal Jo Carrigan and psychologist Carla Knowles, DBC Yuna, DBC Stephanie, Steve Atwater, a Food Bank staff member, Miles the Mascot, Food Bank President & CEO Erin Pulling and Allie Engelken during a program packaging meals and food for families with the Denver Broncos Foundation, Centura Health and Food Bank of the Rockies at Doull Elementary School in Denver, Colorado on September 14, 2023. Photo by Ben Swanson / Denver Broncos
Photo by Ben Swanson / Denver Broncos

In honor of Hunger Action Month®, the Denver Broncos Foundation and Centura Health hosted a food packing event with Food Bank of the Rockies on Thursday, September 14, at Doull Elementary School in Denver.

In May, Centura Health made a commitment to the Denver Broncos Foundation to help address food insecurity in the Denver metro area. This event launched a new collaboration supported by Centura Health and the Denver Broncos Foundation to support Food Bank of the Rockies Totes of Hope™ program, a weekend food bag program for youth. To honor the partnership, a co-branded truck will be unveiled at the event highlighting Centura Health and the Denver Broncos Foundation’s commitment to nourishing their communities.

Currently, one in nine Colorado youth face food insecurity. Ensuring that children and their care providers have enough nutritious food daily is a priority for Centura Health, the Denver Broncos Foundation, and Food Bank of the Rockies, sparking the impetus for this critical partnership. Children who have regular, nourishing meals have better physical and mental health outcomes, social skills, and improved performance in school. A child who is nourished is a child who can grow, learn, play, and thrive.

Totes of Hope™ food bags packed at the event were distributed to students at Doull Elementary. Broncos alumni, Miles the Mascot, and Denver Broncos cheerleaders were also in attendance.

The Totes of Hope™ program assists youth with nutritious, kid-friendly food to sustain them over the weekend when school is not in session. Food Bank of the Rockies distributes about 13,000+ Totes of Hope™ at 50 sites monthly. Close to the weekend, youth take home a tote filled with food featuring shelf-stable items, fruits, and vegetables.

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