Stories from the Shutdown

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger, Newsy

                      Friday, January 18, 2019 Food Bank of the Rockies distributed food to about 200 families at mobile pantries in Denver and Lakewood. At Dick’s Sporing Goods Park, what started out as a chilly morning quickly turned into a wet, sleeting experience as volunteers helped each visitor load produce, meat …

Food and Holiday Fun with Bellco and Boys and Girls Club

Janie Gianotsos Events, Faces of Hunger, Large Group Volunteering, Newsy, Thank You

On a crisp December evening, kids at Boston Boys and Girls Club laugh and play. Some study. Some play games and use computers.  When dinner is announced, everyone stops what they’re doing and hops into line. Turkey cheese burgers on whole grain buns, milk, potatoes and spiced hot apples, all prepared at Food Bank of the Rockies’ community kitchen, soon …

Hunger isn’t Always Visible

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger, Large Group Volunteering, Newsy, Thank You

We met Mark volunteering with his company at our warehouse. Looking at this tall, athletic and successful business man, you’d never guess he was hungry throughout his entire childhood. People always ask him why he didn’t play sports as a kid. He tells us he couldn’t sustain physical activity due to lack of nutrition. “I can remember getting to school …

Thank You Nationwide for Providing 140,000 Meals!

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger, Newsy, Thank You

Nationwide is on our side! Food Bank of the Rockies is a grateful grant recipient once again. With Nationwide’s support through a generous grant, we’re able to provide 140,000 meals to hungry families. This gift will support children like “Farrah”. Farrah attends a school in north east metro Denver where more than 95% of the students receive free and reduced …

Two Aurora Schools Recognize Food Bank of the Rockies

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

We’re thrilled Boston Elementary and Paris Elementary recognized FBR and our team for the work we do to support Communities in Schools. Both elementaries partner with FBR through our Totes of Hope® weekend food program, ensuring the 280 kids in their combined programs have nourishment when school meals aren’t available. Communities In Schools works directly with schools, building relationships that …

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 photocopy of a letter Governor Dick Lamm sent to Kathy Hackwith Groth, lauding her efforts to start the Colorado Food Clearing …

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 …