These are challenging times as many of our friends and neighbors face lost wages and the hard decision of how to provide for themselves and their families.
Over the past few weeks our community, our partners, and our organization have persevered through unprecedented challenges. Food Bank of the Rockies has restructured the way we operate to ensure our programs and our partners are able to meet increasing demand, while preparing for what we anticipate will be an ongoing need for months to come.
Here are just a few examples of the impact community support has made possible during this crisis:
- Despite food shortages and food cost increases, we have leveraged new relationships and food sources to still increase food procurement and distribution by more than 40%.
- Through drive-through distributions and partner food pantries, we have served more than 100,000 people in the past month alone.
- From Fruita to Basalt to Burlington in Colorado, and from Gillette to Jackson in Wyoming, we have increased food distributions in hard-hit mountain communities and rural areas with some food distributions having more than quintupled the number of people being served.
- More than 14,000 children no longer receiving school meals are receiving grocery boxes for their families, meals at childcare centers for essential workers, or grab-n-go meals across Colorado and Wyoming.
- More than 7% of the state’s workforce have now filed for unemployment – more people last week than in all of 2019. Because you continue to support our efforts, food will be there when paychecks are gone.
At times like this, people rise together, and we need your help to continue showing up for our community. Please partner with us as we ensure that no Coloradan has to go without food during this crisis by making a donation now.
We know things will get better. We just don’t know when. And until that time comes, Food Bank of the Rockies will continue to nourish our neighbors facing hunger.