Food Bank of the Rockies invites you to partner with us as we pursue our ambitious goal:
providing our communities with enough nutritious and familiar food to thrive.
A new Denver Metro distribution center is integral to achieving this goal.
Our logistics team embraces the challenge of too little pavement and too little time for too many trucks, but when your job is a never-ending version of Tetris, you’re investing way too much energy solving the wrong kind of problem.
There’s an even bigger financial impact: In addition to all the fresh food that we
provide to our Hunger Relief Partners, we purchase products, too: For instance, in 2022, we bought 260,000 jars of peanut butter. Each jar that we provide saves our partners 37 cents—that’s nearly $100,000 in savings in peanut butter alone. If we’d had enough dock doors and storage space to receive more product, that savings would have been expanded. Multiply that savings by all of our offerings, and you’re looking at millions of dollars, a few pennies at a time—savings that our Hunger Relief Partners can invest in their communities.
Tight space limits what our volunteers can do, too. Although our volunteers essentially provide us with the equivalent of 50 additional full-time employees at no cost, we could easily generate the equivalent of another 100 full- time employees if we had a little more elbow room. It’s like a company turning away dozens of workers for lack of parking spaces.
We’re helping young people from low-income rural areas change their life trajectory to become successful, productive adults, and we can’t do any of that if they’re hungry. We used to go to our local grocery store and buy produce every week, but with Food Bank of the Rockies’ bulk buying power and the free produce delivered to our doorstep, it makes our job 10,000 times easier.
– JODI WALKER
KIDS AT THEIR BEST, FORT MORGAN, CO