Whether by hosting a road race or by sharing stories of people who are coping with hunger, the Food Bank of the Rockies works to make sure the community knows about the plight of its neighbors in need. According to the nonprofit, one in seven people in Colorado do not have food for their next meal due to low-paying jobs or health problems. Many of the people who lack sufficient food are children and the elderly.
The Food Bank of the Rockies, which is the largest private hunger-relief organization in Colorado, distributes millions of pounds of food annually. With 112 employees and almost $60 million in annual expenses for its programs and administration, the Food Bank of the Rockies relies on donations and fundraisers to help it accomplish its mission. One fundraiser, the annual Panerathon, took place despite the recent flooding in Colorado. Westminster, Colorado’s path system was in excellent condition when more than 800 runners participated in the annual Panerathon 10K, 5K, and Fun Run races. The money raised from the race provided more than 50,000 meals to people with hunger.
The Food Bank of the Rockies also raises awareness about hunger issues by constantly recruiting new volunteers from the community and local businesses. Through the organization’s Family Volunteer Days, groups can bring families and children to the food bank to help with everything from packing backpacks with school supplies to sorting food. Volunteers also recently came together to work at the food bank as part of a day of remembrance for the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Additionally, businesses often provide volunteers and monetary donations to fight hunger in Colorado. In 2012, volunteers worked for more than 133,000 hours at the food bank, helping the nonprofit organization put an end to hunger.