Karen Keeps Nutritious Food from Going to Waste

Janie Gianotsos Faces of Food Bank, Newsy

Karen_McManusFood Bank of the Rockies (FBR) wants to make sure nutritious food ends up feeding hungry people, not thrown away in landfills. Thanks to a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, FBR has some extra help. The funds from the grant allowed us to hire a Retail Store Donation Coordinator.

Karen McManus, recently hired for this new position, will work with food retailers and grocery stores in the community to encourage and secure donations of nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted.

In fiscal 2014, FBR’s Denver’s Table Food Rescue program was able to distribute more than 9.7 million pounds of food collected from retailers. More than 5 million of those pounds came from Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. With McManus on board, the food bank hopes to increase the pounds donated from all our retail donors. Karen will work to educate store personnel on the program, the Good Samaritan Law that protects food donors from liability, as well as important food safety guidelines for donations.

1 in 7 Coloradans and nearly 1 in 4 Colorado kids live in food insecure households.  Ensuring food that can help these hungry neighbors doesn’t go to waste is so important for these families.  Food Bank of the Rockies is grateful for the support of the Walmart Foundation and all the retailers who contribute to the success of Denver’s Table Food Rescue.