Taylor Swift made a generous gift to Food Bank of the Rockies just before her first show in Denver on Friday, July 14. The gift enables Food Bank of the Rockies to purchase enough food for 75,000 meals.
This gift could not come at a more critical time. Families are making tough decisions between paying their bills and putting food on the table. Feeding America projects that 1 in 11 people are currently experiencing hunger in the region. Between inflation and the end of many COVID-era relief measures like the SNAP emergency benefit allotment, there is a huge increase in need. In fact, we have been seeing 40 to 60 percent more people attending mobile pantries this year when compared to the same time last year, and we are distributing enough food daily for over 180,000 meals.
“We are seeing more need now than we ever have before. This is hitting Food Bank of the Rockies’ budget hard,” said Aditi Desai, Chief Marketing Officer at Food Bank of the Rockies. “To meet the needs of our neighbors experiencing hunger, we are spending triple what we were pre-COVID on food purchasing every month. But we’ve been able to meet the increased demand thanks to the generosity of individuals like Taylor Swift. Her gift will help fuel our work across the Rockies and allow us to distribute more food to our communities. I was shocked and then thrilled by the news! We are grateful for her inspired support in answering the challenge of hunger.”
Taylor Swift has been donating to food banks across the United States on The Eras Tour and Food Bank of the Rockies is the most recent recipient of her generosity.
Inspired by Taylor and want to join her in making a difference for people experiencing food insecurity? Please consider making a contribution to Food Bank of the Rockies today!