Donations for Summer Food Program – 20 sites so #jeffcoeats

We are in week two of our summer food program for children and families.  We will be providing about 4500 lbs of food or more each week to 20 locations.  Summer is the time when children and families are much more food insecure.  Forty two percent of a child s weekly food is gone when school closes.  That is 10 meals of 21 meals a week.  Breakfast and lunch are no longer coming from USDA food services at schools .


Would you consider providing $40 dollars to cover one child for ten weeks of summer food ?  This will include a weekly bag of shelf stable food for child and family weighing about 7 to 9 lbs and including vegetables, pasta, breakfast items, peanut butter, healthy snacks. We then provide at sites fresh produce like watermelon, and tomatoes and spaghetti squash and potatoes and onions and sweet potatoes.  We also give awesome healthy snack foods which the children and families so appreciate .

    Please click now and donate, $10, $25, $40 or $100.  Many backpack programs like us do not work in summer so we really need your help in supporting our work for these very needy children.

SUMMER FOOD SITES INCLUDE:  Rose Stein and Wilmore Davis and Lasley Kids Smart , Splash Pool, Lakewood Head Start, Maplewood, Cedar Groves, Timber Leaf, Lamar Station, Trailer Parks, Green Gables, Ray Ross Park, Belmar Grove.  We will be at the SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM KICKOFF EVENT June 12th at Emory Elementary with a booth if you want to learn more about us.   We will be providing food on two days for their mobile cafe and also help 80 children a day at a summer camp at New Life Church in Lakewood.

We work on a very tight budget and truly are so grateful for any donations.  Perhaps your children could do a lemonade stand and raise money for other children so they can eat.  We need volunteers every Friday so go to   to sign up.  We need 35 men women and teens and children each week.  This Friday we will be getting 6000 lbs of food to be offloaded from our U haul truck from Food Bank of the Rockies and then our packing teams start bringing together our substantial food bag for the child and family.  Together we can greatly reduce Summer hunger.

Volunteers for summer needed Jeffco Eats – families and corporate groups welcome

 Volunteers are the core of who we are.  Add a little sunshine to the lives of working poor families and especially children. 

We have over 20 locations we will be bringing our 7-9 lb weekend food club bags to with shelf stable food for whole family and produce and snacks too.  

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We will be helping children at apartment complexes, schools sites and even parks. We are collaborating with some other great non profits.  


Our summer headquarters is Wheat Ridge Head Start at 12725 w 42nd Street Wheat Ridge.  Sign up on   Or email

Last summer fifty percent of our volunteers were children and teens.  Together we are reducing childhood hunger. 


  1. Pack weekend food club bags on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 –  Need 25-35 volunteers 
  2. Deliver orders to our program sites on Thursday  10 to 12:30 or Fridays from 11:30 to 1:00
  3. Pick up food at Food Bank of Rockies with our rental U HAUL moving truck.  Very heavy load and can have team of two.  You do not have to lift at FBR just help us unload at our site. Volunteers at Food Bank Rockies place our order in the truck with forklifts. Need insurance and valid driver license. 
  4. Help set up pop up farmer market style table with produce at apartment complex – for more info email


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School is out and we are ready to bring weekend food #JeffcoEats

This is the second year where we have held our breath wondering, “Oh my gosh what are the children going to do now”.  Well last summer we at least helped 450 children have weekend food at about 12 school sites.  We are doing more strategic planning in collaboration with others to really move the dial of hunger down this Summer. When school vacation starts so does 42 % of a child’s food possibly go away.  We have collaborated with several groups to so far have 20 sites where we will be bringing weekend food for the children. 

We will be providing weekend food program totes with seven or 8 items and produce and snack food items to apartment complexes, parks and school sites in Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.      

We believe in the fact that synergy is created together and that we can truly greatly reduce summer hunger by diligent and strong advocacy work.  We have spent the last three weeks connecting with those  who might have children present that we could bring hope to with food for the child and family. We are program providers with Food Bank of the Rockies .  We provide weekend food bags and produce and snacks. 


                             Summer 2018 /Locations for Jeffco Eats Weekend Food Program


  1. Lasley Elementary – Kids Smart and Lasley students 1401 S Kendall St, Lakewood, CO
  2. Americana Apartments – Teresa Brewer, Mgr. – 12598 W Dakota Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228

                                 Phone(303) 969-9660

  1. Rose Stein – Kids Smart – 80 S Teller Lakewood CO
  1. Wilmore Davis – Kids Smart – 7975 W 41st Ave Wheat Ridge
  1. Metro Housing  –  Maplewood Apartments 856 S Van Gorden Ct Lakewood
  2. Metro Housing –  Cedar Gardens 6990 W Cedar Ave Lakewood
  3. Metro Housing – Marston Pointe Apartments – 7875 W Mansfield Pkwy Lakewood
  4. Metro Housing – Belmar Groves – 259 S Teller St Lakewood
  5. Metro Housing – Lamar Station Crossing – 6150 W 13th Lakewood

10. Mulholm Elementary –  Tentative TBA

11. Emory Elementary   – Tenative TBA                   

12. Timberleaf Apartments – 1388 Garrison Street Lakewood – Mgr – Sarah 303 232 4196

13. Mission apartments – – 8 locations/ Green Gables -2575 S Sheridan Street Lakewood

14. St Bernadette Catholic School – 1100 Upham Street Lakewood CO . Not weekly just for                           special events . Vacation Bible Study time-frame.         

15. Food Services Jefferson County Schools – mobile – TBA

16. Head Start Lakewood – Patterson Cottages –  – 1480 S Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80232                                      

17. Ray Ross Park – 680 S Harlan St Lakewood – near Jewish mobile unit/lunchbox express

18. Surfside Spray Park – 5330 W 9th Ave Lakewood – near Jewish mobile unit lunchbox express

19.Trailer Park -Mitchells Mobile park and Mountain Air Park  10403 W Colfax Ave

20. Lakewood Link –  – 1295 S Reed Street Lakewood

We need volunteers to help pack on Fridays at 10 am at Wheat Ridge Head Start facility.  12725 W 42nd Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.Please sign up at 







We need volunteers to drive on Thursdays or Fridays to deliver food to sites.  Sign up at .



“she would eat paint chips off her wall as a child “

Jeffco Eats along with many other amazing organizations believes in helping the whole child and that includes leadership in community conversations and training around TRAUMA AND FOOD DEPRIVATION. 

Teachers and Social Workers report to us the manifestation of severe hunger by seeing hoarding, deep sorrow, silence and not asking for help, asking for food randomly in the middle of  classroom time.

Teachers in most schools have a handful of teachers who buy snacks for the children with their own money. Students who are hungry know who these teachers are. 

My friend grew up in an affluent neighborhood and had a mentally challenged Mom and they would have milk and no cereal or cereal and no milk.  They would go ask the neighbors for a cup of milk .  In some neighborhoods in Jefferson County there is milk maybe down the street at someones house you do not know. Maybe you live in a home with two other families to survive.  Point being we must take action to stop the shattering of children’s souls from having lunch and breakfast for 39 weeks and then for 11 weeks in the summer they lose 42% of their meals and who knows and who cares ?

We believe through collaboration and partnering we can reduce greatly childhood hunger and that is the reason for this blog post. 

Childhood trauma leads to food deprivation later in life- the triangle

Jocelyn described instances of having little to no food availability as a child. “We barely had food. I don’t even know if food stamps existed,” Jocelyn said. She also described in the interview being so hungry as a child that she would eat the paint chips off her wall, which eventually gave her lead poisoning. After being fired from the only job she ever had, Jocelyn was forced to move back into her neglectful mother’s house where her younger siblings still lived. Now, Jocelyn struggles to feed her own child, in addition to her siblings, and admits to skipping meals or stretching budgets to ensure her family has enough to eat.

The research brief defined household food insecurity as a “lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy life due to economic hardship.” There are two types of food insecurity: ;ow food security, which indicates issues with access to food and poor diets in households; and very low food security, which shows that at least one household member has reduced their food intake, and that eating patterns within the household have been disrupted due to inadequate food or money resources. Using the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module, the researchers were able to identify caregivers of children younger than the age of 4 who could be classified as being either household or child low or very low food secure.

TIME MAGAZINE has well worth reading article on how hunger over time will actually change your personality.  We need to take action in our towns and cities. Small empty plate with fork

How Childhood Hunger Can Change Adult Personality


No KID HUNGRY is a great resource site for learning more about psychological and emotional long term effects of hunger.  Here is quote from article talking about how much it costs us in USA for destroying their souls.

Child Hunger is a Workforce
and Job Readiness Problem
• Workers who experienced hunger
as children are not as well prepared
physically, mentally, emotionally or socially
to perform effectively in the contemporary
• Workers who experienced hunger as
children create a workforce pool that
is less competitive, with lower levels
of educational and technical skills, and
seriously constrained human capital.


Child Food Insecurity:
The Economic Impact on our Nation
A report on research on the impact of food insecurity and hunger on
child health, growth and development commissioned by Feeding America
and The ConAgra Foods Foundation
John Cook, PhD, Project Director
Karen Jeng, AB, Research and Policy Fellow

Summer packing and deliveries for weekend food #JeffcoEats

School will be out for the year on May 18.  We will deliver the last food for our schools on May 17. We could not do it without our 50 volunteers or more a week.  We have 8 drivers and over 35 packers including school students packing the food.  We will start up again for summer food deliveries first week of June .  Will advise if we start June 1 or June 8.

ImageOur summer packing site has graciously been loaned to us by Head Start Jefferson County.  We will be operating out of the Wheat Ridge facility at 12Map of Wheat Ridge Head Start725 W 42nd Avenue Wheat Ridge.

Please go to 

You can sign up as a corporate group, family or individuals.  We highly encourage children and teens to join in the fun of serving others.

We will be packing 7 item substantial foods for child and family on weekends. We will also pack produce and snack items.  We cannot do this without you all. ! 




Facts on Summer Hunger for Children in USA and Colorado #JeffcoEats

Summer food for children is reduced to about 18-20 % of what is given by USDA food programs during school year.  If you need to find a food bank for summer here is a link:   

The Summer Food Service Program began in 1968. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is good,
nutritious food that’s “in” when school is “out”. Its purpose is to ensure that children in low-income areas
could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to
school lunch or breakfast.
The Summer Food Service Program is administered at the Federal level by the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services. The Colorado Department of Education’s Nutrition Unit
approves sponsor applications, conducts training of sponsors, monitors SFSP operations, and processes
program payments.
Sponsors must be organizations that are fully capable of managing a food service program. To be a sponsor,
you must follow regulations and be responsible, financially and administratively, for running your program.
Which types of organizations are eligible to sponsor SFSP?
Public or private nonprofit schools
Units of local, municipal, county, tribal, or state government
Private nonprofit organizations
Public or private nonprofit camps
Public or private universities or colleges
Community and faith based organizations
Sponsors of sites, which are not camps, must serve either;
1. A site in an area in which at least 50% of the children, who live in that defined area are eligible for
free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast programs.
2. A site which enrolls children, at least 50% of whom meet the SFSP’s Income Eligibility Standards.
At non-camp sites, reimbursement may be claimed for all meals served that meet SFSP guidelines. Sponsors
offering the SFSP at camp sites may claim reimbursement only for the program meals served to enrolled
children who meet the SFSP’s Income Eligibility Standards.
All children 18 years of age and under who come to an approved open site or to an eligible enrolled site may
receive meals.
At camps, only the children eligible for free and reduced-price meals are reimbursed.
Individuals over 18 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities may also receive meals.
A site is the physical location, approved by the state agency, where you serve SFSP during a supervised time
period. The five types of sites are:
OPEN At least 50% of children in the area are eligible
for free and reduced price school meals
Area eligibility data from the local
school or census block group
ENROLLED At least 50% of the children enrolled in the
program are eligible for free and reduced price
school meals
Income eligibility statements
describing the family’s size and
CAMP It offers a regularly scheduled food service as
part of a residential or day camp program
An individual child’s eligibility for
free and reduced price meals
MIGRANT It primarily serves children of migrant workers Appropriate certification from a
migrant organization
NYSP It is a college or university participating in the
National Youth Sports Program
A child’s enrollment in NYSP
Sponsors purchase or prepare meals and serve them to the children at the site(s). Sponsors may claim
reimbursement only for meal types they are approved to serve. Non-camp sites can serve either 1 or 2 meals
each day. Sites which are camps, or which primarily serve children of migrant families, may serve up to 3
meals per day (any combination of breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack).
Forms documenting how many meals were served for the month must be submitted to the State agency. The
sponsor will be reimbursed at meals times rate of reimbursement.
If you think you may meet the qualifications;
Contact Connie Harlow, Senior Consultant, CDE Nutrition Unit, @ (303) 866-6650
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from
discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
Ave. S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TTY). USDA is
an equal opportunity provider and employer.

No more teachers. No more books. No more free lunch.

A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit.

Fewer than 4 million kids — or just 18% of those in the school lunch program — are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer food program. While that’s a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done.

“In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options,” said Duke Storen, a senior director at Share Our Strength, which aims to end child hunger. “It impacts their health and well-being and contributes to learning loss.”

Summer Food Service Program

RI summer meals

RI Summer Meals

More than 200 kids ate lunch at the Central Falls summer meals kick off.

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Last Published: 07/20/2017

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.

Help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.


child eating an apple Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program SFSP graphic New SFSP resources for site supervisors

Little girl getting some lunch at a summer feeding program.During the school year, 22 million children receive free or reduced-priced mealsthrough the National School Lunch Program. When school is out during the summer months, however, only 3.9 million receive free or reduced-price meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This gap of 1 in 6 summer to school-time participants is the result of various barriers experienced only during the summer, including a lack of access to meal sites, insufficient program awareness, and limited resources when schools are closed.

Summer Feeding Program & Local Food Banks

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks operates several summer food service programs during the summer that seek to close this gap. These programs help meet the needs of low-income children and their families who face hunger in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks when school is not in session.

Feeding America network summer interventions include summer meal programs like Kids Cafe®, BackPack programs and School Pantry programs. Food banks often employ other innovative meal distribution models, such as Picnic in the Park programs, which are designed to most effectively utilize the resources available to fill the gap in services for children during the summer months.

When school is out of session, community summer food programs make up the majority of food distributed. These programs typically receive reimbursement through the USDA Summer Food Service Program for meals provided to eligible children. Last year, the Feeding America network served 5.7 million meals to more than 178,000 hungry children through the Summer Food Service Program, which represents a 15% growth in meals distributed from the previous summer.

Find a Summer Food Service Program near you.

Need More Information?

For additional information on the Summer Food Program or any of Feeding America’s child hunger programs contact the programs team.


Summer time is when we get working to join with other organizations to feed the children and families

  1. Website: paypal –
    go to and click on donate link
  2. Check: write check to Jeffco Eats and mail to 11505 w Texas avenue Lakewood CO 80232. You will receive tax receipt with our ein #
  3. Corporate Sponsor – email us at if your club or corporation would like to support us.
  4. Cash donations: use a card to write your name and address or email to get a receipt
  5. Phone – just go to and click on donate and use paypal or credit card

Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

Take the Food Stamp Challenge

Could-You-Eat-3Take the Challenge


That’s about the average amount Coloradans receive from food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table, whether due to a job loss, health issue, minimum-wage job or misfortune in their life. Food stamps help families and individuals purchase groceries, giving them access to the fuel needed for better, healthier lives and stronger communities…though it’s not always enough for three healthy meals every day.

TWe Challenge Youhe food stamp budget, on average in Colorado, equates to only about $1.40 per meal or $29.40 per week. What if that’s all you had to spend on groceries? Would you be able to eat healthy and thrive?

We challenge YOU to try eating healthy on such a food budget for at least one week. The Food Stamp Challenge not only sheds light on what it’s like to live on such a limited budget, but it can raise awareness of existing barriers like lack of access to high-quality, nutritious food. Let us know if you participate!

Find out how to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge, read what other participants are saying, and share your experience during and after the Challenge. (You also can download our flier about the Challenge.)


What is the Challenge


Download our flier about the Food Stamp Challenge, which includes this list and other information.

This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on limited food budget for one week, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to try and eat healthy on food stamps. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks.

How the Challenge works:Groceries

  • It will last for seven consecutive days.
  • Spend no more than the allotted amount per day, including beverages.
  • Only buy and eat/drink items that are allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits.
  • Don’t use food already on hand unless you deduct the value from your daily amount. Salt and pepper do not count against the daily cost allowance, but all other seasonings, cooking oils, condiments, snacks and drinks do.
  • Try to include fresh produce and a healthy protein each day.
  • Don’t accept food from family, friends, co-workers and others. Avoid free food anywhere.
  • No outside food or dining out is permitted since you cannot use food stamp benefits on hot meals.
  • You may need to cut coupons or search grocery paper ads on days that items are discounted.
  • Keep a log of what was bought and eaten for each meal, as well as grocery receipts.
  • Keep a daily journal of the experience. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry?

What you can purchase with food stamp benefits:

  • Produce and canned goods
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Dried goods, beans and rice
  • Breads and cereals
  • Baby food and infant formula
  • Soda, chips and candy
  • Coffee and tea
  • Seeds (whether for eating or planting)

What cannot be purchased with food stamps:

  • Hot food or any food that you eat in-store
  • Pet food
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cigarettes
  • Medicine and vitamins
  • Non-edible household items like diapers, soap, laundry detergent or toilet paper


RESOURCES: Trying to eat healthy on a food stamp budget



Food Stamp Challenge participants are encouraged to keep a daily journal and share their experiences—during and after the Challenge—with Hunger Free Colorado, as well as with their friends, family and others. Email us and let us know if you participate! 

  • Do a daily journal or video diary, recording your thoughts or yourself with a smartphone. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry? What did you learn from this experience?
  • Blog about it. Post your daily journal or video diary online, or simply write posts for your own blog or community newspaper. Include photos of your purchased food and meals. Consider doing a guest blog for Hunger Free Colorado like others have. See past blog posts.
  • Post about the Challenge on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share daily updates, recipes used, photos of your purchased food and meals, and an end-of-the-week recap. Use the hashtags #SNAPChallenge and #EndHungerCO to engage more people in the conversation. Post on Hunger Free Colorado’s Facebook page and tag our Twitter and Instagram handle, @HungerFreeCO, for possible re-posts.
  • Use your voice—talk about your experience with others. Did you come away with greater awareness and understanding for the hunger challenges that affect so many in our state? Have discussions with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others in social circle. Share your experience with members of your church, civic organizations and other clubs.
  • Give a presentation about your experience and invite a representative from Hunger Free Colorado to provide insight into the issue and solutions for eradicating hunger.
  • Contact your community or neighborhood newspapers, and see if they would let you write a guest column about your experience.
  • Encourage others to take the Food Stamp Challenge. When sharing your experience, ask others if they would be interested in trying it for one week. Share this web page, too.

After taking the challenge, we urge you to become more involved in the fight against hunger. Everyone must be a part of the solution if we want to create a hunger-free Colorado. There’s a place for you at the table. Learn more about what you can do today and in the future.



Summer Dates to pack and deliver for our schools

                                   SCHOOL YEAR PACKING ENDS SOON JEFFCO EATS   


May 11 th last Friday to pack food for kiddos


May 17 last Thursday deliveries to schools



June 4 to July 18 is JSEL – Jefferson County Early Literacy Program which will be held at elementary schools in Lakewood Wheat Ridge Arvada and Edgewater.  We will be delivering food each week to these children and families.

We need volunteers to pickup food at Food Bank of Rockies on Friday mornings and deliver food to schools and pack the bags with 7 items.


June 8


June 15


June 22


June 29


July 6

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