Seeking Corporate Groups to volunteer with Jeffco Eats

It is a great social ethic today for companies like First Bank to give employees hours each year to leave work and go volunteer to make a difference.  We had a group come two weeks ago from the corporate human resource department and their smiles and hands made a big difference in our ability to pack the 300 + food totes that Friday morning.

A goal that is very strategic for Jeffco Eats for 2018 is to partner with local businesses to grow and serve the over 4,000 children who need our help in Lakewood, Edgewater, Wheat Ridge and Arvada this year.

Here is how you can help:  First, is that you work for a company that has a volunteer hours to serve program and benefit. Second is to sign up to pack food totes on a Friday morning at Foothills Elementary.  We can take a group up to 25 in size.

Go to :  Metro Volunteers –

Go to:  Face book @ Jeffco Eats –

The second opportunity is to volunteer at Food Bank of Rockies as a group on our behalf.  We will get credit for your hours served to buy additional food items for our school children we serve weekly.

To sign up go to:  www.foodbankrockies.org  and click on VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

Schedule a shift in Denver, volunteer matrix, I am scheduling my group,

If you would like to offer to your employees on their giving platforms the opportunity to support Jeffco Eats monthly we can provide all of our non profit credentials with the secretary of state.  We are also recruiting for Board Advisers from corporations .  We need short term project advisory help. Contact Executive Director Barbara Moore at jeffcoeats@gmail.com for a meeting in this regard.

> 50,199 pounds distributed in 2017 to reduce hunger Jeffco Eats

We are pleased to announce that during 2017 Jeffco Eats has brought over 50,199 pounds of food to our program schools and the precious children.  We have also brought fresh produce and fresh vegetables from a few farms .  We love to serve and cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. We will grow together as we believe people want to help others.

Love to have you get involved with us wherever in the world you are. We are missionaries of sorts and serve children with backgrounds from all over the planet.

 

NBC Today Show promoting Kids Backpack program for Feeding America in Connecticut

Connecticut has a big program for backpacks and our program is much smaller today. Jeffco Eats is a program provider with Food Bank of the Rockies which is part of Feeding America network.  This article gives some good facts to consider.

Kids’ BackPack Program: Great, But Not Enough

24/Oct/16 / 17:41

by Bernie Beaudreau

Claudette Glassman has been the school nurse at Saving Community School for 19 years.

Claudette Glassman has been the school nurse at Savin Rock Community School for 19 years.

Claudette Glassman has been the school nurse at Savin Rock Community School in West Haven for 19 years.  I stopped to speak with her on Friday as we were in the school for a taping with a team from NBC’s Today Show promoting the Kids’ Backpack program for Feeding America.  The Connecticut Food Bank Kids’ Backpack program provides a packet of two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks every Friday for 3,300 school children in 111 schools in 22 school districts across the state.

“The need has grown over the years,” Claudette told me.  She was talking about the growing number of school kids in need of food assistance.  Claudette is part of a staff team that identifies children at risk for hunger on the weekends.  The packs are discreetly given to the children on Friday afternoons before they go home for the weekend.  As a key point of contact for kids with health issues or other problems, Claudette has a strong knowledge of the children and their home situations. She told me that she keeps a clothes closet with donated items or basics that she purchases using her own money to help children when she knows their families are unable to provide something like a winter coat or when a child might need a change of clothes during the day that families may not have resources to provide.

 

She told me of a little girl that came by asking for her backpack a day early because she knew that there would be little to eat at home that evening.  The little girl is here from Holland with her mother.  They’re undocumented and the mom had been unable to find work until recently.  But that work doesn’t pay enough to support the family.  Claudette says that, while the Kids’ Backpack program has been very helpful for 40 of the school’s children, it could easily double in scope and not fully serve all children in need.

 

Nutrition affects healthy development and educational outcomes for children. Conversations with Claudette Glassman and teachers at the school bear this out. Shana Limauro a second grade teacher at the school, told us that she can tell by their behavior and energy levels when her students haven’t had food in the morning before coming to school. She also noted that, by 2:00PM, her young students are starting to run out of steam and they rely on the fuel snack time provides to help them work well up to dismissal time at 3:20PM. Imagine what a day without breakfast, perhaps a substandard lunch and no snack might feel like for a young, growing child. It certainly wouldn’t make learning easy.

 

Savin Rock School has just under 500 students, 79 percent of whom are from low-income families, making them eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The school provides breakfast and lunch for these children, who often eat significantly less food or less nutritious food at home on the weekends. While the Connecticut Food Bank investment in the Kids’ BackPack program is considerable, that investment does not meet even half of the need at most participating schools.

 

We surveyed those schools in June and the responses indicated that the program is widely appreciated and most schools wish they had a larger allocation of backpacks because there are so many more kids in need.

 

As the Today Show team interviewed seven students receiving the weekly Kids’ Backpack support, we heard some of their heart-wrenching experiences with hunger at home.  One fifth grade girl

Savin Rock Community School students in grades two through five who participate in the Kids' BackPack program.

Savin Rock Community School students in grades two through five who participate in the Kids’ BackPack program.

said, “I feel really sad when mom tells us she doesn’t have enough money to get groceries.  Once we had some peanut butter but didn’t have bread to make a sandwich.” The same child talked about fishing coins out of ponds in parks and scavenging items left behind by people fishing in those ponds. That’s not how a child should have to find food.

 

We were all shaken hearing the difficult stories from these children, and gained a stronger appreciation of the importance of the Kids’ Backpack program for the kids and their families.  It is not a complete solution by any stretch.  But it helps children in a very direct and significant way.

 

But we must find ways to expand our reach and potentially offer more help to whole families. At the Connecticut Food Bank, we are looking at ways to go from Kids’ BackPack to Kids’ BackPack “Plus.” That “Plus” will be a more robust intervention to connect the families of children receiving a backpack with our broader network of food pantries and our Mobile Pantry, as well as other resources to lift them out of poverty and food insecurity.  The idea is that these families, connected to more help and tools, will no longer need a backpack for their child, allowing that food to be passed on to the next child on the waiting list.  So instead of only 40 kids at Savin Rock School getting the help of the backpack program, potentially 80 or 120 could receive this help in a given school year.

 

Bonnie Hutson, Savin Rock Community School Family Resource Center staff, left and paraprofessional Gaelle Frazer, right, distribute food packages to students.

Bonnie Hutson, Savin Rock Community School Family Resource Center staff, left and paraprofessional Gaelle Frazer, right, distribute food packages to students.

When you get close to the reality of child hunger in our communities and hear children talk about their hunger and how they worry for their families, it is hard to not feel anger that there is such deep poverty with so many families and children are deprived of our most basic need.  It makes you more determined than ever to find a solution.  Our Kids’ Backpack program is part of that solution, but we should not feel satisfied that we’ve done enough until school nurses like Claudette Glassman can smile and say hungry children in their school used to be a big problem, but not anymore.

Support our local efforts In Jefferson County Colorado

Sad But True – Children Who Hoard Food

Children Who Hoard Food

Jefferson County Colorado and all school districts have training on dealing with all types of trauma in the lives of their students.

DEFINITION OF TRAUMA :  a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury; an emotional upset

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs describes the basic needs that all human beings have and organizes those needs into five categories. Each of those categories of need is placed in the hierarchy; if the most basic need is not met, then Maslow’s theory proposes that none of the needs higher up in the hierarchy can be met.Image result

Learning and emotional growth are highly impeded and blocked by HUNGER needs.

We will over the next few months provide some thought provoking reasons why we must strive to meet hunger needs quickly.  We can ruin a child’s life and their family and relational selves.

Hoarding food is a common behavior in children who have been deprived of adequate sustenance early in life. It can manifest in many ways, including hiding food around the house, overeating to the point of throwing up, or becoming extremely anxious at having to wait for meals to be prepared. A child may also become very upset upon seeing someone else eating.
Although hoarding may be directly related to the child’s history with food, it can also signal difficulties with control and trust. Children communicate their needs through behavior. Hoarding may be a sign that your child does not yet trust that his needs will be met. It could also be an indication that he has micro-nutrient deficiencies and is craving foods that contain nutrients that his body is lacking.

Utilizing Ellyn Satter’s “Division of Responsibility” can help your child feel more secure around food. Satter recommends that parents decide what to eat, where to eat, and when to eat. Children can decide ifthey want to eat and how much to eat. Letting a child who tends to eat too much decide how much they want to eat can be hard for some parents. But keep in mind that children who are restricted from eating tend to eat more in the long run.

Hoarding behaviors should be discussed with your child’s pediatrician. In the meantime, the following suggestions may help the child feel more secure around food:

  • Stick to a predictable routine for meals and snacks (roughly every 2-3 hours for toddlers and preschoolers and every 3-4 hours for older children)
  • Don’t yell, threaten, punish, withhold, or reward with food. Don’t try to shame a child for the hoarding behavior. Threatening your child will never diminish or eliminate the urge to hoard food.
  • Don’t put locks on the kitchen cabinets.
  • Consider giving your child her own accessible food cabinet to store snacks that are hers and hers alone.
  • Let your child carry a snack in her backpack; it will give her security just to know it’s there.
  • Keep fruit out on the table during the day so your child knows food is always available.
  • Don’t eat off your child’s plate, even if he appears to be finished.
  • Remain calm and offer reassurances such as “there will always be enough.”
  • Help families you know come up with a life game plan to get to a food bank or get SNAP enrolled. We must love our neighbor as we love ourselves.