The Issue: Food Insecurity in Denver-Area Children
Approximately 160,000 children in the Denver region struggle with hunger on a daily basis, according to Food Bank of the Rockies. Some of these children only get regular meals from their school’s free and reduced-price meal programs, meaning that when they go home on Friday, they might not see another full meal until Monday.
The Campaign: Distributing Backpacks of Food
All Donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Food Bank of the Rockies to feed children facing food insecurity. For every $10 raised, Food Bank of the Rockies can distribute three Kids Totes of Hope packs to local children. Each Kids Totes of Hope backpack is filled with 8 to 9 pound of nutritious, nonperishable food. Kids take these backpacks home on Friday, keep themselves full over the weekend, then bring the empty packs to be refilled the following week.
Food Bank of the Rockies
In 1978, when Food Bank of the Rockies (then called Colorado Food Clearing House) was founded, it operated out of a 900-square foot schoolroom in Northwest Denver. The organization collected bread from a nearby Safeway store and distributed it to Little Sisters of the Poor. Since then, it has distributed more than 570 million pounds of food, feeding people all across northern Colorado. Now operating out of multiple warehouses, in partnership with a network of 800 hunger-relief programs, Food Bank of the Rockies provides more than 121,000 meals every day to children, seniors, and families facing hunger. It delivers these meals to schoolchildren who might otherwise endure long weekends without food, delivers groceries to homebound seniors, and maintains a mobile pantry to get nutritious food to people in rural areas.