Over the past 12 years nearly 800 tons of food has been collected through Feed Colorado and donated to Volunteers of America’s City Harvest Food Bank. The food donated to City Harvest provides the basic - and the most plentiful - supply of shelf-stable foods received from any source. In 2011 over 65,000 households donated food to the drive.
Senior’s are one of the highest, at-risk, populations for food insecurity. According to AARP’s Drive to End Hunger:
- Colorado Ranks 28th for food insecurity.
- 18.3% of Colorado residents can’t afford to buy food.
- 12.2% are hungry.
City Harvest is an inner-city food bank that distributes food to neighborhood food pantries, homeless shelters, many residential programs, etc. - but not directly to the public. Representatives from over 70 food pantries (and other programs) visit City Harvest on a pre-determined schedule and "go shopping." They can choose from shelf-stable foods, fresh produce, an assortment of breads and rolls, and often a good selection of dairy and meat products. These agencies must have a 501 (c)3 designation and meet certain minimum requirements to receive food from City Harvest
Hunger is a fact of life for many Coloradoans. Many do not know where their next meal will come from. Arc Thrift Stores has been helping feed those in need through it’s "Feed Colorado" food drive since 2001. Non-perishable food items such as rice, beans, pasta, peanut butter, canned goods (veggies and fruit), soup, cereal, juice, etc. are welcome.
There are three easy ways to donate:
1) Call 303-283-JANE (inside the Denver-metro area) or 1-800-283-2721 (outside of the Denver-metro area) to schedule a free pick-up.
2) Visit the locations page for drop-off locations: KMGH Television, Papa John’s Pizza, Steve Casey’s Four Seasons RV, TCF Bank, Belfor Restoration, Unser Racing, AARP, Avocet Communications and Arc Thrift Stores.
[Photo courtesy of Alameda County Food Bank, www.flickr.com/photos/accfb/]