Denver’s Table Food Rescue at Food Bank of the Rockies

Denver’s Table Food Rescue pic Food Bank of the Rockies works throughout Colorado’s Front Range to end hunger, especially among children and elderly individuals. The organization maintains a number of programs, including Denver’s Table Food Rescue, which collects more than 5 million pounds of surplus food each year. This food, which would otherwise go to waste, equates to more than 4 million meals.

Denver’s Table sends refrigerated trucks to a range of retail establishments, such as restaurants and grocers, each weekday to collect surplus food that has been safely stored. Only food not previously served can be donated. The donations typically consist of high-quality raw products and prepared meals that the retailer does not need. Collected food goes not only to Food Bank of the Rockies, but also to other local hunger relief organizations.

When transporting food, the organization takes all necessary precautions to avoid spoilage. Food donors are protected from liability under federal and state Good Samaritan laws and may use donations as a charitable deduction on taxes. Local businesses interested in participating can contact Food Bank of the Rockies for more information.

The UCHealth Pink Life Saver Mobile Mammography Unit

The UCHealth Pink Life Saver Mobile Mammography Unit pic To make mammography as accessible as possible to women throughout the greater Denver area, University of Colorado Health has invested in a mobile mammography unit known as the Pink Life Saver. While the bus has a regular rotation, it also occasionally makes special stops at various neighborhood locations. Individuals can even request stops at their workplace. The schedule is accessible on the UCHealth website (www.uchealth.org) or by calling (720) 848-1604.

The Pink Life Saver brings to patients state-of-the-art digital imaging technology with high levels of diagnostic accuracy, as well as a dedicated team of skilled and compassionate professionals. The bus has three-dimensional mammogram technology, which detects invasive breast cancer 40 percent sooner than traditional methods. In addition, this technology results in fewer false positives.

The Pink Life Saver was made possible by funding from Men for the Cure, Summit Bodyworks, and King Soopers.

Disabled American Veterans National Convention Coming to Denver

Disabled American Veterans National Convention pic Denver, Colorado, will serve as the site of the 94th Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Convention. Drawn by the area’s natural beauty and cultural highlights, representatives from DAV offices all over the United States will converge on the Mile High City in August to discuss major issues of interest to the nation’s disabled vets.

The four-day event will include a number of meetings, talks, and seminars addressing a range of topics that concern veterans. The convention also provides a forum for national leadership to report to local and state-level chapters and to conduct organizational business.

This year’s schedule has yet to be finalized. DAV National Conventions in recent years, however, have included a strong focus on supporting federal legislation and initiatives that benefit vets, especially with regard to Department of Veterans Affairs health care funding. Other past topics of interest have included employment of injured service members, women veterans’ issues, and recognition of influential members and contributors.

This year’s convention will be held August 8-11 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver.

The Vital Role of Colorado Food Banks

Colorado pic Noted Denver business consultant Scott F. Gelbard is involved with multiple philanthropic organizations, including Men for the Cure. Scott Gelbard also supports food banks and organizations that assist disabled veterans. Millions of Americans struggle daily with hunger, and their failure to meet this basic need prevents them from contributing fully to society. Scott Gelbard donates to food banks to ensure that those who need food have it.

The vital services provided by food banks are expected to become even more important in the coming months when more than 500,000 Coloradoans lose food assistance due to the end of a temporary Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) boost. Cuts to SNAP will affect Americans around the country with a $5 billion reduction in assistance nationwide. Coloradoans will face a $55 million cut in 2014 alone. The temporary boost is scheduled to end on November 1, 2013. Many Coloradoans turn to food banks as unemployment or low-paying jobs drive them to decide between paying rent and buying food for their families.