After a serious car accident, Mark found himself unable to work. His family couldn’t make ends meet on his wife’s salary. With mounting health bills, hungry children to feed and winter’s utility bills filling the mailbox, they knew they needed to find help. And help came in the form of food from Food Bank of the Rockies. That nourishment provided not only peace of mind, but also a chance for the family to get back on their feet without going hungry.
On a windy, sunny October afternoon, we met Colin and his daughter while they were picking up food at Chapel Hill Church, a member agency food pantry who relies on Food Bank of the Rockies for much of their food. His daughter reads quietly in a comfy chair while Colin, a soft-spoken, hard-working family man, agrees to share his story with us. He and his wife have three young children. He works very hard at what he describes as a “hands-on” job, 60+ hours a week, yet doesn’t make enough to always make ends meet. They struggle to pay the bills. Colin tells us daycare is almost as much as rent. “It’s expensive, like renting a second apartment just for the kids,” he says. His wife stays home with the kids because daycare would actually cost them her entire
paycheck plus part of his.
Help these families thrive.
At 93, you’d never know Carmela needed help. When we interviewed her, she appeared spunky and sharp with lots of stories to tell. An adventurer, Carmela’s home was filled with treasures, photos and trinkets from all around the globe. She also showed us a few photos of her favorite celebrity, Frank Sinatra and told us her favorite Sinatra song was “My Way” because she lived such an independent life and tells us, “I did everything my way!”
Carmela remained positive, even though she was struggling with serious health issues. Thankfully, hunger wasn’t one of her struggles because her monthly food box delivery insured she had good food to eat. We were saddened to learn she passed away not long after we interviewed her. Carmela touched our hearts and we hope her story touches yours too.
Jennifer, a high school senior, lights up the room with her bubbly personality and friendly smile. She’s smart too – studying early college pre-med. Jennifer attends a local Boys and Girls Club in Denver. A club member for many years, she’s now a role model for the younger children, giving back by helping them with activities and working in the kitchen, serving FBR’s Kids Cafe meals.
After graduation, Jennifer plans to attend college in Colorado and eventually become a doctor. Her future looks bright, due in part to your support of our hunger relief programs. Thank you! Together, we can solve hunger.