Today, we celebrated our farmers, ranchers and everyone who produces food in Colorado’s agricultural industry. On Ag Day at the Capitol, our food producers are recognized for their impact on our economy as well as their efforts to help hungry neighbors. This past year, Colorado’s agricultural community contributed the equivalent of roughly 27 million dollars – 13 million meals – to the Feeding Colorado network that includes Food Bank of the Rockies, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, Weld Food Bank and Care and Share.
Our CEO, Erin Pulling spoke at the event and shared how important these agricultural gifts are to our food bank and our sister food banks. “Not everyone in our state has the choice to buy local and shop local and have the choice of what and when they eat; because they often don’t have enough food to eat,” she shared. “One in 10 people in our state and 1 in 6 kids often times does not know where their next meal is coming from…Together, collectively our food banks are serving roughly half a million people per year. And the Colorado agricultural community has stepped up with extraordinary generosity.”
Erin pointed out that the gifts throughout the past year would be enough to provide every single person struggling with hunger in Colorado breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week.
Thank you to our agricultural industry for all your gifts of food and funds to help us feed neighbors facing hunger. Together, we can solve hunger.