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 …

Carmela’s Story

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger

When you meet our senior box delivery driver, Peggy, you can’t help but notice her shining smile. She has one of the best jobs in the place because she gets to deliver food to home bound seniors like Carmela. At 93, you’d never know Carmela needed help. When we interviewed her, she appeared spunky and sharp with lots of stories to …

Safeway & Albertsons Make Sure Kids Have Breakfast

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger, Large Group Volunteering, Newsy

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Especially if you’re a growing kid.  This spring, Safeway and Albertsons’ Denver Division volunteered to help pack Totes of Hope® for students at Swansea Elementary to celebrate a very generous and important gift for hungry kids.  Most of the students at Swansea are on free and reduced lunch, living at or …

Wanda’s Story

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger, Newsy

It’s a bright, sunshiny day as the food bank van rolls down the street to a small home in central Denver.  Peggy, FBR’s driver is coming to visit Wanda and bring monthly USDA commodities made possible through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) administered by FBR. She also brings other items including some fresh produce, bread and even a bag of pet food for Wanda’s …

Food = Hope

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Hunger, Newsy

Thank you to guest blogger Rhonda Richmond, EdD who shared her story about growing up in poverty. We were moved by what she shared and hope you will be too. My grandmother raised me in Denver, CO.  She was a maid; a foster mother and she raised most of my siblings and cousins.  It was not uncommon for there to …