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'Feed Colorado' aims to feed hundreds of thousands of seniors and families in the state

Posted: 6:00 AM, Feb 29, 2020
Updated: 2020-04-01 16:14:31-04

Editor’s note: Feed Colorado is currently on hold due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Denver7, Arc Thrift Stores and Volunteers of America hope to resume the food drive with some modifications in the near future.

DENVER – The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, and the need for assistance in Colorado is greater than ever.

You can help by scheduling a no-contact doorstep donation to the Feed Colorado food drive, which is running all month.

Here are some sobering statistics:

  • Nearly one in seven Coloradans struggle with hunger.
  • Nearly one in eight live in poverty, including more than one in seven kids.
  • Nearly one in five Colorado kids may not always know when or where they will get their next meal.
  • One in seven Colorado seniors has to choose between buying food and paying bills.

Facts such as this should not be ignored. Thankfully, Arc Thrift Stores, Volunteers of America, and Denver7 are doing something about it.

For 20 years Feed Colorado, the statewide campaign started by Arc Thrift Stores and Volunteers of America, has been helping combat the issue of hunger and food scarcity in Colorado.

Denver7 is the exclusive media partner and has helped the campaign become one of Colorado’s largest food drives. It is the collective hope of all three organizations to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of families and individuals in Colorado.

Last year, Feed Colorado collected more than 50 tons of food, all of which benefited many different programs, including Meals on Wheels.

The program kicked off March 1, and the goal is to collect and distribute 60 tons of food.

The campaign is looking for donations of nonperishable food such as rice, beans, pasta, peanut butter, canned goods…like vegetables and fruit…soup, cereal, and juice.

Programs like this can quite literally make the difference between a child, a family, or an individual going to bed hungry or not. Food insecurity is a harsh reality for many Coloradoans.

It’s super easy and convenient to donate.

  1. All donations are collected through Arc’s at-home pick-up service. When you schedule an at-home pick-up of donated clothes, toys, small appliances, etc. simply include your donations of nonperishable food items.
  2. Click here to schedule online.
  3. Call 303-238-5263 to schedule an at-home pick-up.
  4. Donations are also accepted at all 30 Arc Thrift Stores across the Front Range.

“No one should go to bed hungry or worry about where their next meal is coming from,” said Lloyd Lewis, president and CEO of Arc Thrift Stores. “If a simple donation of canned food can make a world of difference to a family in Colorado, we are here to help. We are so grateful for all the people who generously donate and help us achieve our goal of collecting food that can help so many people in our state.”

“Denver7 is committed to working hand in hand with the people we serve to build an even better community. Being a partner on the Feed Colorado food drive allows us to do just that. Denver7 is proud to continue our partnership with Arc Thrift Stores and Volunteers of America, working to ensure no Coloradan has to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” said Dean Littleton, Denver7 general manager.

“Thanks to the generosity of the local community and partners like arc and Denver7, VOA can help provide meals to families and seniors in need. Food insecurity is a major challenge, but because of programs like Feed Colorado, we’re able to provide meals for people who otherwise might go hungry, and that’s a powerful thing,” said David Schunk, CEO and president of Volunteers of America Colorado.