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Denver Broncos Share Pam's Story

2012-10-02T14:04:40.481-07:00

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The Denver Broncos recently met with FBR staff and Pam, a woman who regularly visits a FBR agency partner for food assistance, to film a short video vignette.  This will be used on The Broncos'  "Be a Champion" website as well as on the jumbo tron during home games in November.  We're so grateful to Pam for sharing her family's story and for reminding us that hunger is a daily problem for so many of our working neighbors.  We appreciate the Denver Broncos dedication to sharing stories like Pam's with Coloradans and encouraging people to Be Champions in their communities.   




Faces of Food Bank: Tom

2012-09-25T15:04:41.857-07:00



Our friend Tom’s days include the massive task of managing government programs for FBR.  He is responsible for all aspects of administering CSFP, TEFAP and SLP programs in accordance with USDA and state guidelines.  In addition, he completes all documents necessary for compliance and reimbursement.  Sounds complicated right?  It is.  You can find Tom and his hard working staff at our Nome Street warehouse location, just 5 minutes from our main warehouse.  Growing up, Tom dreamed of hanging out on the back of a garbage truck but changed those vocational goals as he got older.  He now plays bass in a band, owns 2 horses and 2 dogs and craves chicken mole on a regular basis. 



1 million Meals for Colorado Kids

2012-09-20T13:12:54.298-07:00

This was the 15th year Joe and Debbie Sakic have dedicated their time and efforts to fighting childhood hunger in Colorado through FBR.  And it was our most successful year to date.  On August 23, golfers united at stunningly beautiful Sanctuary for a picture perfect day on the course.  The weather was mild with just the right amount of cloud cover and lucky for us, temperature decided to start dropping just as we moved inside for dinner and awards.  The folks at Sanctuary stepped up once again and facilitated a first class event for our dedicated supporters.   Colorado Avalanche, Paul Stastny, is a generous supporter of our event.  We're so grateful to have him on board!   The Aurora Medical Center ladies have become like family to us.  In addition to donating to us in many capacities, they also spent the day volunteering on the course.   What would we do without our friends at Fineline? (Scott is the happy guy pictured above.)   allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/5J2OqZqUEkU?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> Our exclusive television sponsor, FOX 31 and Colorado's Own Channel 2 sent a rather lively foursome to the event.  We're pretty sure they had a good time.  Our new friend, Kate, was with us that day too.  It was her first FBR event.On Friday, August 24, nearly 450 guest joined us for the Joe and Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration at the Marriott DTC.  It was a fabulous night of food, libations, auction activities and entertainment.  Nearly one million meals will be provided to Colorado kids as a result of this annual 2 day event.  We look forward to this fundraiser every year and count ourselves incredibly fortunate to be partnered with the Sakics and presenting sponsors like CoBank and RBC Wealth Management.  Special thanks to all our 2012 event sponsors, guests, volunteers and committee members for doing your part in making this yet another outstanding year of fighting childhood hunger in Colorado.Check out event video recaps HERE and HERE!   We were thrilled to welcome uber talented Miss Hazel Miller and Jake Schroeder as entertainment during dinner.  Simply sensational.   Craig Shoemaker joined us as post-dinner entertainment.    [...]



CoBank Fights Hunger Nationally

2012-09-20T08:17:39.431-07:00

We are SO grateful to be partnered with the generous folks at CoBank.  Check out what they're doing to fight hunger on a national level!  Special thanks to our Board of Director Chair, Amy Diaz of CoBank, for her involvement in our mission of fighting hunger and feeding hope.      Feeding America Announces $1M Donation From CoBank09/2012, The Sacramento BeeFeeding America, the nation's leading anti-hunger organization made up of over 200 food banks nationwide, is pleased to announce a $1,000,000donation from CoBank, one of the nation's largest agribusiness lenders. The money will go to help food banks deal with the pending high food prices as a result of this summer's drought and help bring food to those in need in already devastated areas. The CoBank funds will be distributed directly to food banks in areas where the bank and its affiliated Farm Credit associations have operations including rural communities. Rural communities are among the hardest hit when it comes to food insecurity. According to the US Department of Agriculture 15.4% of the food insecure households are in rural areas.  And for many of those residents, having access to affordable food can be difficult. "For many people, any increase in the cost of food can have a devastating effect on the family budget," said Matt Knott, interim President and CEO of Feeding America. "And that's the same for many of our food banks - any increase in food prices can result in increased food costs for our food banks that could result in budgets being stretched." The donation from CoBank will help improve the ability of the selected food banks to expand access to food for children, families and seniors in the communities that they serve. "One of the unfortunate side effects of the drought has been a growing concern over increasing prices for a variety of food products at a time when unemployment remains stubbornly high," said Robert B. Engel, CoBank's president and chief executive officer. "We want to do our part to alleviate the downside effects of a weak economic recovery coupled with potentially higher food prices, particularly on the poor. We're pleased to be able to underwrite Feeding America with this contribution and support their work on behalf of needy people across the country." The donation by CoBank is especially critical following the release of new food insecurity numbers released recently by the US Department of Agriculture that found 14.9 percent of Americans - or 1 in 6 - lives in a household that is at risk of hunger. Nationally, that's 50 million people, including nearly 17 million children. CoBank is a $90 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving more than 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation's rural economy.  Our friends at CoBank have signed on as one of our presenting sponsors at the Joe and Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration for the past 3 years and have agreed to commit to this sponsorship level through 2015!  Pictured above is the CoBank team at last year's Sakic event.    [...]



Kris and Jorden

2012-09-18T13:43:27.627-07:00

Kris and Jorden are students at a local school in Denver.  What you wouldn’t know by looking at their beautiful smiles is that food isn’t easy to come by.  Their mom was in a car accident, injuring her arm.  She hasn’t been able to work, which has been hard on the family. 

Krist explains, "As long as I have my mom, dad and Jorden, that's all I really need.  It makes me sad not to have enough money to buy everything we need and it makes me want to help, but Mom tells me to focus on my education.  That's my most important job." 



Chris and Jorden go to a FBR sponsored meal site every day, knowing they’ll have a healthy, hot lunch waiting for them.  And they know they’ll receive a healthy snack after school, enabling them to focus on homework.  Their mom and dad have one less worry on their plate.   



Little Person Making a Big Difference

2012-09-18T13:43:45.763-07:00

Cesar was having a birthday party and rather than accepting gifts for himself, he asked his friends to bring non-perishable food items to donate to his neighbors in need.  He and his mom delivered 93 pounds of food to us on a summer morning.  Cesar reminds us just how great an impact one little person can have.




Faces of Food Bank: Doyle

2012-09-06T08:23:20.959-07:00


 
 
Doyle came out of retirement and joined the food bank family as the master of accounts receivable, reconciling donations and deposits and disbursement and reconciling the important petty cash fund.  Doyle didn’t envision himself as a numbers man growing up, but his Formula 1 racing dreams didn’t exactly pan out.  Some of Doyle’s very favorite things are Italian food, sleeping in and the beautiful Colorado climate.  You can find Doyle in his little corner on our first floor.     



A Message From Governor Hickenlooper

2012-09-04T13:53:58.494-07:00

 September 1, 2012 Throughout September, anti-hunger networks and community providers across the country will be urging people to speak out against hunger in our country.  There are currently around 49 million Americans who struggle with hunger and its vast implications.  The challenges that so many of these people face often go unheard and therefore unmet.  Speaking out against hunger is a powerful action that we can take to help out friends and neighbors who struggle with food insecurity.   Here in Colorado, childhood hunger is a dire and growing problem.  One in every 4.5 families with children in Colorado reported difficulty in paying for food last year.  The lack of nutrition that these children struggle with affects not only their health but their ability to grow, learn, and succeed in school and elsewhere.  Hunger and malnutrition also leads to higher rates of chronic illness, depression, and emotional problems.  It leads to higher dropout rates and lessens children's ability to participate in sports and other health and enriching activities.  Malnutrition amongst children deeply affects their development.  Therefore, it demands our immediate concern and attention. In combating this grim situation, we at the Colorado State Capitol, in partnership with Hunger Free Colorado and Share Our Strength, are more than half way into the No Kid Hungry Colorado Campaign.  This campaign seeks to end childhood hunger in Colorado by 2015.  Colorado communities have local champions at several levels; organizations like Food Bank of the Rockies play a vital role in addressing these issues and helping to connect families with several avenues to ensure healthy and nutritious foods are accessible.  Much has been accomplished and many milestones have been met throughout this campaign.  But more must be done.   No Kid Hungry Colorado has made enormous strides in connecting children to sources of nutritious meals at schools, libraries, churches, summer camps, community centers, and elsewhere.  We are serving a growing number of healthy meals to children year round as well as educating them and their families on how to eat healthier.  Furthermore, we have engaged several layers of outreach to provide easier access to federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  No Kid Hungry Colorado is actively striving to make it easier on families to obtain a healthy meal for their children and improve the well-being of their entire family.   We in Colorado firmly understand the notion that one cannot look at the three issues of hunger, housing, and literacy separately.  These three issues are interconnected and inseparable.  Therefore, for the first time this past summer, we sent trained volunteers to various summer food sites to serve as a resource guide for families that may be eligible for federal and state benefits.  Our volunteers were able to assist families by making them aware of certain benefits, directing them towards applications, and in some cases, even sitting down with them to help begin an online application.  By connecting people with housing and food assistance, we are simultaneously stimulating the economy as well.  The Food Resource and Action Center reports that for every one dollar a SNAP recipient spends, there is an economic benefit of $1.73.  We are very proud of the successes that this new program was able to achieve and look forward to building on these successes in the future.   Although our efforts have been fruitful, there is still much more that needs to be accomplished.  Participating in Hunger Action Month is one of the many ways that we can keep this conversation going so that communities can come together to address the issue.  [...]



Put On Your Running Shoes!

2012-09-04T09:52:35.216-07:00

Panera Bread's sixth annual Panerathon 5K and 10K to Fight Hunger is coming up quickly! On Sunday, September 16 the event will take place at the Panera Bread in the Shops at Walnut Creek, located at 10450 Towncenter Drive in Westminster, Colorado. Races include a 5K walk/run and 10K run starting at 8:00 a.m. that wind through the Westminster Trail System, as well as an eighth-mile Panera Bread Kids Fun Run at 7:45 a.m. All proceeds will benefit us! Last year nearly 900 runners participated in the Westminster Panerathon and raised $11,746, yielding more nearly 47,000 meals for Coloradans in need of food. This year’s event aims to raise $15,000-$20,000 for our hungry neighbors. “With so many of our neighbors seeking food assistance, Colorado’s hunger relief programs rely on support from Food Bank of the Rockies and the community,” said Kevin Seggelke, President and CEO, Food Bank of the Rockies. “Hunger relief is a year-round struggle and we appreciate Panera Bread’s partnership and commitment to fighting hunger and feeding hope through its annual Panerathon.” Participants will receive an event t-shirt, goody bag, and timing chip on race day. Custom certificates and gift cards from Panera Bread and Road Runner Sports will be given to the top overall male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K. Participants and their families are invited to enjoy the post-race expo, including activities for the entire family and Panera’s complimentary freshly baked bagels, pastries and sandwiches. “Panera Bread is committed to supporting our local communities and the fight against hunger,” said Craig Flom, President of Breads of the World, LLC, franchisee of Panera Bread in Colorado.“We encourage runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to join us for the Panerathon 5K/10K and help support Food Bank of the Rockies.”The 5K and 10K registration fee for an individual is $30 pre-race and $40 on race day. The youth (17 years old and younger) and senior (60 years old and over) registration fees are $25 pre-race and $35 on race day. The pre-race registration fee is $20/person for teams of 10 or more, and $30/person for teams of 10 or more on race day. For more information and to register, visit www.Panerathon.com. Hope to see you and your family (and even your dog) there!    [...]



Produce, Produce, Produce!

2012-09-04T09:52:13.802-07:00

The United States Department of Agriculture recently awarded a Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) grant to the Colorado Department of Human Services to provide fresh produce for 1,000 low-income seniors.  These groups teamed up with FBR on August 18 to distribute locally grown fruit stand vegetables from local growers to Colorado seniors as a result of this first time grant.  In 2011, 51 State agencies received grants to operate the SFMNP. We were thrilled to be added as a recipient this year.  Nutrition education and information was also provided to senior recipients, encouraging seniors to improve and expand their diets through produce items.   Included in each box was watermelon, cantaloupe, two cucumbers, yellow squash, green peppers, head of cabbage, three one pound bags of carrots, one three pound bag of onions, six ears of corn, one acorn squash, a five pound bag of potatoes, six peaches and one bundle each of green leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce and fresh spinach.       It was awesome to see so many of our neighbors in need being provided with healthy produce that is so often too expensive to purchase!  We hope to receive this grant again next year!  [...]



Faces of Food Bank: Kristina

2012-08-21T10:14:36.568-07:00



It only seems appropriate to introduce Kristina during our week of all things "Sakic."  Kristina is our event queen.  If an event needs organization, planning, coordination or implementation, Kristina is leading the pack.  She's the master at making things look pretty and raising money in the process.  Kristina also sits on our Social Media team and heads up our Associate Board.  When she’s not out managing events, you can find her on the second floor of our Denver warehouse.  Kristina found her way to Colorado when she saw gorgeous photos of the flatirons surrounding CU-Boulder, her alma martar.  She loves Colorado and the opportunity to make things beautiful all while making a difference in our community.     




A Tour of Food Bank of the Rockies

2012-08-21T10:15:07.981-07:00

Have you toured our facility?  If not, many people don't have a clear picture of what exactly happens behind the scenes at our Denver warhouse.  We'd love to tour you in the future, but in the meantime, the staff at FBR is thrilled to invite you a glimpse inside our world of fighting hunger and feeding hope!  Check out this AWESOME video from our friends at Black Diamond Media Productions!  It's worth 3 minutes - we promise!

Check out the video HERE! 



 



Faces of Food Bank: George

2012-08-14T09:50:26.366-07:00


Friendly George is rarely seen on FBR grounds as he spend most of his days in the FBR van, delivering commodity food boxes to home bound seniors.  With over 300 seniors served per month, George keeps busy  taking notes on his routes for better efficiency as well as offering excellent customer service to help grow our Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors.   George grew up with dreams of being a football player, but is incredibly proud to work with the clients we serve and spends his spare time with his wife and six grand kids.



2 Weeks and Counting!

2012-08-09T11:39:37.276-07:00



We've been busy busy with all things Sakic this week!  With Joe's celebrity golf tournament and the Joe and Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration approaching (2 weeks from today), we've been in event mode.  Our CEO, Kevin Seggelke was joined by presenting sponsors, RBC Wealth Management and CoBank on Channel 2's "Colorado's Best" on Tuesday morning.  Check out their interview below. 

Colorado's Best Interview

This morning, Joe sat down with Channel 2's Tom Green and FOX 31's Melody Mendez to discuss details of the dinner event (and of course his recent induction into the Hall of Fame).  We're thrilled with ticket sales for this year's event and would love to add more guests to our most exciting event yet!  Joe Sakic, Hazel Miller, Jake Schroeder, comedian Craig Shoemaker, Paul Stastny, live and silent auction, delicious food, libations....a rather fabulous Friday night on the town! 

FOX 31's Interview with Joe
Colorado's Own Channel 2's Interview with Joe

 Visit our web site to purchase tickets today! Every ticket purchased will provide 1,000 meals to Colorado kids!  Thanks to RBC Wealth Management, CoBank, 104.3 The Fan, FOX 31 and Colorado's Own Channel 2 for sponsoring this year's events 




Season to Share Provides Hope

2012-08-09T11:07:58.551-07:00


Once again, we're thrilled to announce the FBR recently received a $50,000 gift through Denver Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund.  A record-breaking $2,820,000 was distributed to 65 Denver-area nonprofits with funds raised through this year's Season to Share campaign.  Since 1992, this program has raised charitable donations that are matched and disbursed to local nonprofit organizations serving our neighbors in need:  low-income children as well as those who are homeless, hungry or in need of medical care.  Funds are raised through reader, community and corporate donations and each dollar donated is matched at 50 cents by the McCormick Foundation.  The Denver Post and McCormick Foundation pay all administrative and promotional costs, allowing 100% of donations, plus the match, to go directly to charitable organizations. 

In total over the past 20 years, more than $32 million improving the lives of those in need.  Food Bank of the Rockies will use its Denver Post charities funding to support our Fighting Hunger Feeding Hope program in Metro Denver.  THANKS to everyone who made this outstanding gift possible!   



Noble Energy STEPS UP!

2012-08-09T10:57:53.757-07:00

Our warehouse was abuzz last week when Noble Energy arrived with 76 energetic and motivated volunteers!  It's not every day we get groups that large, so we were eager to get them working!  And that they did.  Not only did they volunteer from 8:30am to 3:00pm, they also gifted us with a generous check for $20,000, which will provide 80,000 meals to our neighbors in need.  This is on top of the $20,000 they donated last year!  The group of 76 employees divided up into teams and created a competition of sorts during their volunteer time.  This created a lot of added energy and laughter throughout the day.  See below for a break out of their teams.   How awesome is Noble Energy?  We're so grateful to our friends for ALL they do.  They truly go above and beyond in making a difference in our communities.     Team Blue! Team Green! Team Orange!Team Yellow![...]



Faces of Food Bank: Kim

2012-08-09T10:58:06.465-07:00


As the Vice President of Development, Kim knows the ins and outs of fundraising like the back of her hand.  She’s responsible for the overall planning, implementation, supervision, coordination and evaluation of all fund developing staffing and activities.  She focuses on major gifts, endowment and capital needs for the organization.  You can find Kim and her contagious laugh on the second floor of our Denver warehouse. Kim loves the Colorado mountains but would move to Hawaii in a heartbeat.  She has been with FBR for 16years and loves the fact that she goes home feeling really good about what she does for a living.    



Faces of Food Bank: Jerry

2012-08-02T10:25:09.262-07:00


Our friend Jerry can be found either behind the wheel of a FBR truck or hustling around our Denver warehouse, loading and unloading product from trucks, keeping accurate driver route logs, maintaining equipment, assisting with inventory control, pulling agency orders, stocking and other related administrative tasks.  As a kid, Jerry dreamed of becoming a pro basketball player, but while he works on that dream, he’s happy serving our clients and providing food assistance for those in need.  Jerry grew up in a huge family with 7 sisters and 5 brothers and claims spaghetti to be his meal of choice. 



A Whole Lotta Ears

2012-08-02T09:57:36.413-07:00

We shouldn’t be surprised when 70+ Coloradans come together for a good cause,but this past Monday morning was truly amazing!  30,000 ears of sweet corn were picked, bagged, put on pallets, shrink wrapped and loaded into FBR's warehouse in less than 3 hours!   This would not have been possible without all of the volunteers involved on both ends.  In additional to over 70 volunteer pickers, we want to thank everyone listed below for their involvement in providing this awesome source of summer food to our neighbors in need!  Bruce Postovit, Farmer Mike Kosman, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, CPS, Ronnie Graff / CHS / Bruce & Amy,  CHS, Pope Vegetable Farm and Simplot[...]



Mini Golf Provides 2 Tons of Food

2012-08-02T10:25:28.365-07:00


How do you turn two tons of nonperishable food into a corporate, team-building exercise?  Just ask the creative and industrious folks at Universal Lending Corporation. About 250 Universal Lending employees convened for an annual meeting and decided to do more than talk shop and set new corporate goals. Instead, they held a team-building exercise – make a miniature golf course out of cans of food, which were then donated to Food Bank of the Rockies.

On the day of the event, employees were let in on the meaning of all that nonperishable food. They were challenged to design and build a 30-hole mini golf course out of the food items which would afterwards be donated to Food Bank of the Rockies in celebration of ULC’s 30 Year Anniversary. After the mini golf course was designed and built, teams played a 9-hole round of golf.


While prizes were awarded to employees, the real pleasure came in boxing up the food and loading it on Food Bank of the Rockies’ truck. When all was said and done, ULC contributed 4,000 pounds/2 tons of food to the Food Bank, which produced 3,125 meals for neighbors in need.



An Event Not to be Missed!

2012-08-02T10:25:41.036-07:00

Colorado has the fastest growing rate of childhood poverty in the nation. With poverty comes the reality that many Colorado kids don’t have the means to receive regular meals.  Not to mention healthy meals.  While hunger at any age is debilitating, it is especially hard on children.  We all bear the costs down the road when children aren’t nourished at a young age.  Luckily, there are folks who have a heart and passion for fighting childhood hunger in our great state.  Enter Joe and Debbie Sakic.  15 years ago, hockey all star, Joe Sakic, and wife, Debbie, decided to become a voice for Colorado’s low income kids and have made a lasting impact on childhood hunger in our state.  Partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) resulted in two annual fundraising events that have become the financial backbone for FBR’s children’s programs.Stunningly beautiful Sanctuary is the meeting grounds for the first event, The Joe Sakic Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament, presented by RE/MAX.  On Thursday, August 23, celebrities and sponsors will join Joe for his 15th annual tournament.  Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders of RE/MAX, created Sanctuary on a wildlife refuge in Colorado’s Front Range for the exclusive use of selected charities and invited guests. Sanctuary has been rated by Golf Digest and Golfweek among the top golf courses in the United States.  More importantly, in Sanctuary’s 15-year history, charity golf tournaments have raised millions of dollars for important causes.Friday evening, August 24, the Sakics will host an elegant celebration of dining, entertainment and high-end auction items.  The Joe and Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration, Presented by CoBank and RBC Wealth Management, will take place at the Marriott Denver Tech Center.  Comedian, Craig Shoemaker, will provide the evening’s entertainment and Hazel Miller and Jake Schroeder will entertain guests with their musical genius during dinner.  The event kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5:30pm, followed by dinner.  Marc Moser of the Altitude Radio Network will emcee the evening’s festivities.  We're excited to be joined by event sponsors, 104.3 The FAN, Fox 31 Denver and Colorado's Own Channel 2.    FBR has been fighting hunger and feeding hope for 34 years and currently provides food to nearly 1,100 partner agency programs.  Last year alone, over 84,000 meals per day were provided to our neighbors in need. 42% of those served through FBR’s partner agencies are children.  Over the course of the partnership with the Sakics, FBR has been fortunate enough to provide over nearly 15 million meals to Colorado children in need.  Childhood hunger is a problem that is solvable.  The Sakics are continuing to work toward ending the pains of hunger felt by Colorado children in need.  You can help. Join Joe and Debbie this August to fight hunger, feed hope and have a great time in the process.  Would you like to golf with Joe and his celebrity friends?  ONLY TWO FOURSOMES REMAIN!  You can still register for the Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration!  To learn more and to register, go to the home page at www.foodbankrockies.org, or call 303.375.5838.  [...]



Faces of Food Bank: Starla

2012-07-17T08:22:54.441-07:00


Starla is our go-to for all things IT and fills in the rest of her time assisting with finance operations and supervising operations/commodities inventory data and reporting.  Never a dull moment in her first floor office. 

Growing up, Starla envisioned herself as a stewardess, traveling the world.  We're glad she chose IT.  She loves the people in Colorado and could eat lobster with lots of butter any day of the week.  

 




Faces of Food Bank: Jose

2012-07-02T07:00:03.462-07:00


Jose works directly with Coloradans in need.  He performs verification of eligibility for seniors, women, infatns and children for the "Commodity Supplemental Food Program" (CSFP), a Colorado government program administered by FBR.  Jose can be found at various sites throughout Denver, working with FBR staff members in distributing government food boxes.

Growing up, Jose aspired to be President but is happy with his food bank gig for now:)  He's grateful for the people he works with at our Nome Street facility.  Random Jose facts...he'll eat anything coming from his mom's kitchen, except fish and comes from a family of 29 aunt and uncles and over 100 cousins! 






Faces of Food Bank: Linda

2012-06-25T12:38:47.753-07:00

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes so FBR can feed hope to our hungry neighbors?  From greeting visitors, stocking shelves, procuring food and distributing it through our partner agencies and programs to raising needed funds, keeping you informed, organizing volunteers and carefully allocating your contributions, there's a whole world behind fighting hunger and we'd like to invite you in for a peek. 


We're excited to introduce our "Faces of Food Bank" campaign, where you'll meet a member (or two) of our hard working staff each week. The goal is to give you an inside glimpse of food banking at its finest! We have over 80 employees who perform a variety of tasks, all very different but all vital to fighting hunger and feeding hope in Colorado.


Meet Linda.  If you enter our south facing main entrance, you'll be warmly welcomed by Linda.  Like most FBR team members, Linda wears many hats.  She not only manages the constantly busy phone line, she also refers people in need to pantries in their area, directs visitors and vendors, and assists the finance and human resources departments with clerical needs.  Linda's four kids and five grand kids are her world and she loves being able to help people in need during her day job.  Two of the many reasons Linda lives in Colorado are the zero humidity climate and the awesome Mexican food.
 

   



Please Vote TODAY to restore $4.5 billion

2012-06-19T13:05:13.333-07:00

There are decisions being made NOW about the future of food assistance in this country.  We need your help!!!!!!!!  FBR strongly supports Senator Gillibrand’s amendment #2156 to restore the $4.5 billion in cuts to SNAP included in the bill. Any cuts to SNAP will only increase demand on food banks and other charities that are already stretched to the breaking point trying to keep up with increased need. This amendment would help reverse the significant drop off in TEFAP commodities provided to food banks in recent years due to strong agricultural markets by clarifying USDA’s authority to make bonus TEFAP purchases in consideration of states’ needs in addition to market conditions. Finally, it would make important investments in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program that benefits low-income elementary school children. PLEASE take a couple minutes out of your day TODAY to contact the offices below with the following message! ·       Call our toll-free hotline: 877-698-8228 ·       Listen to the preprompted. ·       You will then be connected to your Senators. Deliver this message: As your constituent, I urge you to protect hunger-relief programs in the Farm Bill. With unemployment still high, many people in our community are still struggling and they need help putting food on the table. Please support Senator Gillibrand’s amendment to restore the cuts to SNAP and oppose any efforts to cut or weaken hunger-relief programs.  [...]