Donate for 27 gallon storage tubs

We need 40 more storage tubs to store and deliver additional weekend food bags we are making weekly.  The cost is $450.  Please give what you can and we will be so appreciative.  If you want to send a check the address is 11505 W Texas Avenue Lakewood CO 80232.  Together we are reducing hunger for the precious children.

Donations needed for plastic 27 gallon tubs

We use plastic tubs to store and move our weekend food bags to automobiles for our delivery volunteers.  Would you consider a donation of $450 or $45 or $20 dollars to help cover the costs for this purchase.  We were using cardboard boxes for our overflow food bags as we grow and it is not a good way to handle and move our food.  

Applying for Free and Reduced Lunch Program

   Applying for Free and Reduced Lunch

2017-2018 USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for meal benefits your household income must be within the limits defined by the 2017-2018 School Year USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines. These amounts are gross income (before deductions). (Scroll to bottom of page.)

Total Family Size Annually Monthly Twice per Month Every 2 Weeks Weekly
1 $22,311 $1,860 $930 $859 $430
2 $30,044 $2,504 $1,252 $1,156 $578
3 $37,777 $3,149 $1,575 $1,453 $727
4 $45,510 $3,793 $1,897 $1,751 $876
5 $53,243 $4,437 $2,219 $2,048 $1,024
6 $60,976 $5,082 $2,541 $2,346 $1,173
7 $68,709 $5,726 $2,863 $2,643 $1,322
8 $76,442 $6,371 $3,186 $2,941 $1,471
Each Additional
$7,733 $645 $323 $298 $149

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. Jefferson County Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.85 (elementary) and $2.10 (secondary), and lunch costs $2.85 (elementary) and $3.35 (secondary). Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. The reduced price is $.40 for lunch.

*Students in all grades who qualify for reduced priced meals receive breakfast at no charge. Students in preschool through 5th grade who qualify for reduced priced meals also receive lunch at no charge.*

Complete one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all Jeffco students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. A new application must be completed each school year.

Here are answers to questions you may have about applying:

1. Who can get free or reduced price meals?
All children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF (also known as Colorado Works)-Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion) are eligible for free meals. Also, your children can get free or reduced price meals if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart (See below).

2. Can foster children get free meals?
Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.

3. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals?
Yes. If you have not been informed that your child(ren) will get free meals, please call the Jeffco homeless liaison at 303-982-1144 or the migrant coordinator at 303-982-9134 to see if your child(ren) qualify.

4. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

5. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply again later?
Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving SNAP, FDPIR or TANF. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced price meals during the time you are unemployed.

6. Whom should I include as members of my household?
You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.

7. What if my income is not always the same?
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month.

8. We are in the military; do we report our income differently?
Your basic pay, cash bonuses and any cash value allowances must be reported as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

9. My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to complete another application?
Yes. Your child’s application is only valid for that school year and for the first 30 days of this school year. You must complete a new application unless you have been notified that your child is eligible for the new school year.

10. I recieve benefits from the WIC program. Can my child(ren) get free meals?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please complete an application.

11. Will the information I give be checked?
Yes, and we may ask you to send written proof of the information you provide.

12. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?
Contact Lexi Kermani at 303 982-6916. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Beth Wallace, Food and Nutrition Serivces Executive Director, 809 Quail Street, Lakewood CO 80215-5509, 303 982-6748.

If you have any other questions or need help, call 303 982-6916. We will send you a letter when your application is approved or denied. Please retain the letter for your records.


Evan Smith, Manager of Technology Systems, Food and Nutrition Services

Non-discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) E-mail:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

How does weekend food affect families and children ?

How does weekend food affect families and children ?  We have 12 programs in Jefferson County who are dedicated to bringing weekend food to children and families.  Most programs do regular evaluations of the success or areas of growth needed to shape programs for excellence.  University of Illinois Urbana did a study for Feeding America.  Feeding America is the Hunger in America organization that is the steering wheel for spokes of Regional Food Banks who provide food to food pantries. America


Please encourage your child’s school to consider partnering with a weekend food program and to help them in evaluating results of program like families being less sick and child having greater success in school.  Please carefully read this report and send us your feedback to 

The Family Resiliency Center for the University of Illinois Urbana does great work around practical ways to bring the trauma of hunger down and out. 



This report presents the results of an evaluation conducted in 2011-2012, with support from
Morgan Stanley, for the BackPack Program at Feeding America, a weekend feeding program
administered by local food banks to reduce childhood hunger. The Eastern Illinois Food Bank,
located in Urbana, Illinois, was the Feeding America partner selected for the evaluation. Three
key areas were examined during the evaluation:
First, close to three hundred families, drawn from sixteen schools in six counties served by the
Eastern Illinois Food Bank, were surveyed on a quarterly basis from October 2011 to June 2012
about their experiences in coping with food insecurity (64% had children in the BackPack
Program, 36% of families did not). Responses from surveys by families with children in the
BackPack Program were compared to families who had children that may have been eligible for
the program, but did not participate due to limited program resources (comparison group).
Second, seventy-six parents were interviewed about their experiences in coping with food
insecurity and in participating in the program (54 parents had children who participated in the
BackPack program and 22 parents had children who did not).
Third, school attendance was compared for those children participating in the BackPack Program
with those potentially eligible for the program, but not receiving backpacks.
Glossary – Food Security Status
Food Secure – Access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.
Low Food Security – Reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet; little or no
indication of reduced food intake.
Very Low Food Security – Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and
reduced food intake.
Evaluation Findings
 73% of the households served by the BackPack Program were food insecure at the
beginning of the school year.
 77.9% of the households served by the BackPack Program reported using SNAP
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in the last 30 days, at the beginning of the
school year. Additionally, 45.3% of households also used food pantries and 35.2% of
households used both SNAP and food pantries. Therefore, at least half of households
participating in the BackPack program utilized multiple interventions to address food
insecurity.Senior Hunger
 Controlling for differences between program participants and the non-participant group,
the BackPack Program has a small but significant effect on increasing attendance on
Fridays, the day backpacks are delivered to children.
 Overall, children who participated in the BackPack Program missed more school than
those in the comparison group. This is not a reflection of the BackPack Program;
however, it does reflect the importance of considering selection effects when examining
program impact. Also, further analysis shows that children in the BackPack program were
more vulnerable than the comparison group on a few measures.
 There was a statistically significant increase in the percent of families in the BackPack
Program (13%) who moved from low food insecure to food secure between October and
December in comparison to the families not receiving the BackPack (5%). However, over
50% of the families in the BackPack Program remained food insecure throughout the
school year.
 Although the BackPack program was originally conceived for child food insecurity, most
families shared the food and used it in preparation for family meals. The length of time
that food lasted in households varied based on a few key factors, but it was found that
food lasted just through the weekend for families with very low food security.
 For very low food secure households, participation in the BackPack Program was
perceived to have a big effect on their household budget. Twenty percent of the very low
food secure parents interviewed described the program as having a big effect on their
budgets whereas 9% of low food secure parents described the program as having a big
effect on their budgets.Hunger and Poverty
 Unreliable and poor access to transportation is a major challenge for many of these
families. Insufficient means of transportation affects food shopping habits which may
prevent food insecure families from buying in bulk and taking advantage of lower cost
food outlets. Thus, the BackPack program is viewed as advantageous since the children
bring the food directly home.
 Parents mentioned summer time as a stressful period for allocating food. Parents noted
that having the children home from school, without access to the BackPack Program, and
feeding other children in the household, such as hungry teenagers, as real challenges.
 Many of the parents’ experienced poor physical health and this varied by food security
status. Forty-eight percent of parents reporting very low food security also reported fair
or poor health compared to 23% of low food secure parents and 15% of food secure
parents. The number of very low food secure parents reporting poor health was
significantly greater than the number of parents reporting low food security and the
number of parents reporting that they were food secure. Interview responses suggested
that poor health has consequences for meal planning and being able to plan ahead for
shopping and budgeting. Parents reported being too tired to plan for meals or to cook
and on occasion, turned these responsibilities over to older children.
 There is no universal experience in ways that families work to manage food insecurity
and parents identified different coping strategies during interviews. However, many
families expressed that the ability to plan ahead and budget time and money was an
important coping strategy.
 For some families living in more affluent communities, food insecurity and child hunger
was perceived as stigmatizing and there were limited available community resources. In
these instances, the BackPack Program was considered very beneficial.
Program Recommendations
 Although schools are doing a good job in selecting children likely at risk for weekend
hunger, additional training for school personnel about reliable indicators of food insecurity
may be helpful. For instance, with training, staff may be able to identify very low food
insecure children and households who may need additional resources and interventions
beyond the BackPack program, such as the National School Breakfast (NSB), SNAP,
SNAP-Ed, and Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP). Also, programs might want to
consider including brief measures such as two-item screens to identify families at risk for
food insecurity.
 Children whose families are at the margins of food insecurity may not qualify for public
programs but still benefit from weekend feeding programs. Therefore, it is recommended
that program selection should not be based entirely on free and reduced lunch
participation because it may miss hungry children who live in more affluent communities.
 Based on findings, most children shared items in their backpack with other family
members so food banks may want to consider targeting foods that can be incorporated
into family meals.
 Based on the in-depth interviews, many families indicated a need for assistance in meal
planning and more efficient ways to budget for food. The BackPack Program may offer
an opportunity to provide educational information about shopping and meal preparation.
Future Research Questions
 If the BackPack Program was paired with consistent use of National School Breakfast,
SNAP, Summer Food Service Programs, or regular school food pantry distributions
would circumstances improve for those who experience very low food security?
 What is the role of the parents’ or guardians’ physical health in sustaining food insecurity
with school age children?
 Many of the families in this evaluation had children under the age of five. Because we
know early nutrition can play a pivotal role in later development, would there be positive
benefits to weekend feeding programs delivered in other settings such as child care
centers, Head Start, and WIC?
 What are the dosage effects of the BackPack Program? Would very low food secure
households benefit more if a BackPack was sent home for every child in the household or
with greater frequency?
 Would a larger national survey allowing for examination of unobserved factors such as
changes in employment status, income, and number of people in the household, replicate
findings that the BackPack program may affect food security status?Learn more about child hunger in America

This evaluation was funded by Feeding America with support from Morgan Stanley. We thank
Elaine Waxman and Morgan Stanley for seeing the value in evaluating this popular program. This
evaluation was built upon several years work in collaboration with the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.
We are especially appreciative of the support and partnership extended by Jim Hires and Andrea
Rundell of the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. We are grateful to the Christopher Family Foundation
and the University of Illinois Food and Family Program that funded the initial work. The
outstanding BackPack research staff included Brenda Koester, M.S., Meghan Fisher, Blake
Jones, Ph.D., Stephanie Sloane, PeiPei Setoh, and Elizabeth Ignowski. Several undergraduate
students in the Food and Family Program at the University of Illinois provided invaluable data
management support. Dr. Tom Weisner provided exceptional guidance in the use of the
Ecocultural Family Interview and mixed methods approaches to data analysis. The school
personnel in the BackPack Programs not only assisted us with recruitment but volunteered their
own time to make the BackPack program work. Finally, we thank the families who participated in
this evaluation. They willingly shared their experiences so that we might learn more about the
struggles of feeding hungry children. We are grateful for their candor and have learned from their
personal stories.

Oracle Net Suite Volunteering February 23rd helps Jeffco Eats

Oracle NetSuite  Denver will come with the team of Kaitlin J. Moore on February 23rd to help us pack about 600 weekend food bags.  Their team of 20 will be just what we need to pack the bags in an hour and a half.



Every Friday Jeffco Eats needs 25 to 35 volunteers to help pack food bags at Foothills Elementary School at 13165 W Ohio Ave Lakewood CO 80228 from 10 am to 11:30.  Please sign  up on Face Book page Jeffco Eats

You can also sign up on Metro Volunteers Jeffco Eats –


Kaiser Permanent and First Bank have added Jeffco Eats to their volunteer efforts which is exactly our very strategic plan for 2018.  Our staged ramp up capacity plan can only happen with Corporation partnerships.  Summer 2017 had the full support and help from the Title One Jefferson County Schools team.

 50 Best Work Places for Giving and Volunteering – FORTUNE

It might be common for corporations to make charitable donations. But a few companies go above and beyond with their philanthropic work, with initiatives like food drives, cancer walks, and even volunteer bonuses. Fortune partner Great Place to Work combed through more than 350,000 staffer surveys to compile this list of the U.S. companies employees feel are doing the best job at giving back. Employees are asked detailed questions about how proud they are of their impact on the community, the difference they feel they make, and whether their work has special meaning. Outtakes of their responses are below.

Click here to read more about the list, and find out more about how the ranking is compiled here.


“I am very proud to work for a company that is so well-recognized for its contributions to the community, both through corporate donations, employee campaigns, and volunteerism. Not only are employees encouraged to volunteer, we actually have a volunteer hours goal!”

Worldwide Employees: 4,572

Industry: Construction & Real Estate

HQ location: Denver

Total Philanthropic Donations: $4,010,000

Offers PTO for Volunteering: Yes

Offers Employee Matching Funds: Yes

Cisco – Denver – a large employer that gives time off for volunteering.

Small companies also are very intentional about allowing their employees time to help others.

In a world where people are eager to give back, time off for volunteering is becoming a stand-out perk for the charitable jobseeker. We’re now seeing more and more companies go beyond simply writing a check — and they’re getting employees involved, too. See which Colorado tech companies give their employees time off to volunteer in the local community.

Who is driving anyway ?

Yesterday I was at a meeting for Jefferson County policy regarding food.  We worked together to find ways that stigma would be removed, so that those who are suffering today could find help and solace. Trauma from hunger must be greatly reduced for the children and families. Who is driving anyway ? Their lives go in all too many directions each week that are unacceptable.

We believe at Jeffco Eats that together we can put each precious child and their families back in the drivers seat of a safe life.  We must support a multitude of ways to that goal line.



We must together as a community seek to find new ways or old ways that will bring thriving to those hurting from hunger.  We must expect shocking breakthroughs.

Colorado health department has been working on a Blueprint with many organizations.


To give up the steering wheel of your life to wave after wave of pain is something we must STOP.  Indifference or denial is not in our tool box Colorado !

Love is what will bring us together, not hatred.  We must listen to gain understanding from all who live and breathe in our state. This means someone different than you might just have a piece of the puzzle in their idea box called their brain and soul.  

We each must chose to listen for understanding.  We must listen to others to honor them and listen for understanding.  We know we Can Together End Hunger. 

Economics in a county comes from our hearts not just our heads.  There is a saying called love your neighbor as yourself.  This is a wild goal and purpose.  Love can conquer all sorrows and lacks.

So lets give our steering wheel of our life over more and more to serve others each week to make the children thrive and to heal the cracks in their hearts and lives.  We can !!!   We will.

Hunger Through My Lens

The PBS special Poor Kids,,  has ripped a hole in my heart.  The shocking raw emotion and sorrow of these children can not be met with indifference.  Numbing ourselves and denying the pain all around us is not the prescription to economic restoration in Jefferson County Colorado.  Together we are going to end hunger for our children.  Yes, together.  The article below is from Hunger Free Colorado, who does rock star work of all flavors and sorts.  Please read this and bring us some comments on our Face Book Page  /

Hunger Through My Lens participants host first exhibit in Prowers County

html_pcgroup“It’s hard to believe hunger is an issue in our country,” shared one resident of Prowers County.

It was a blue-bird day in Lamar, the Southeastern Colorado town of about 8,000 that serves as Prowers County’s seat. Topics of farming and ranching typically dominate local conversations, but this past Saturday, many were talking about the Hunger Through My Lens  exhibit at the Cultural Event Center.

Four residents—Elia, James, Sondee and Tasha—showcased their photographs and stories about how hunger has impacted their lives and their community, as well as ways to address the issue, for the first time on Nov. 12, 2016. They viewed their opening exhibition as a way to start the conversation about the issue of hunger locally and ways their community can address it. And it did just that.

Dozens of people visited the exhibit throughout the day, with many engaging in critical dialogue about food access, food quality and waste, obesity and the importance of community engagement to ensure local residents have access to healthy, affordable food.

img_2625Hunger Through My Lens is an advocacy project facilitated by Hunger Free Colorado and supported by local communities that aims to shed light on the reality of hunger across Colorado. It’s based on the photovoice model, a form of participatory action research that has been widely used in academic and other fields. Digital cameras serve as the main medium for participants to express themselves and put real stories to the statistics surrounding hunger, and each participant maintains the rights of their photographs.

The photovoice project initially launched in 2013 with a group of participants from the Denver Metro area. Since then, it has expanded to share perspectives from different regions of the state, including the San Luis Valley, the Roaring Fork Valley and now the Arkansas River Valley. The Prowers County project was done in partnership with resident volunteers, Emily Nieschberg, Susan Portner and the four participants to share perspectives from a rural, farming community on the Eastern Plains.

View more photos from the Prowers County opening exhibit.

Visit to learn more about the Colorado-based photovoice project and view photos from all participants.

Jeffco Eats Weekend Food Program is totally about collaboration.  We will be working this quarter of 2018 to uncover projects we can work on together to greatly increase the amount of food we are bringing to our precious school children and their families.  

Healthy is Happy

Healthy is happy with Jeffco eats school children. Join us in our programming. How students can be less hungry and more healthy is through our 3 programs.  Our non profit  provides healthy weekend food, fresh foods and first come first serve foods to ten Jefferson County Title One schools each week. Some of our schools choose to just provide shelf stable food sacks and some have families who desperately want the variety and health of produce, fruits, dairy products.  Healthy is happy with Jeffco Eats.

We believe in being an answer to the children’s access to healthy foods. We are part of the solution to food insecurity by including fresh produce. Our core goals and programs reduce hunger and bring healthy foods to our schools. We are members of Jefferson County Food Policy Council and advocates of Hunger Free Colorado.   



Our schools are Lasley Elementary, Emory Elementary, Mulholm Elementary, Deane Elementary, Edgewater Elementary, Foothills Elementary, Everitt Middle , Brady High, Alameda middle and high, Rose Stein Elementary.  There are about 4000 students by our estimates that could use food supplements weekly.   The poverty of Title One children causes hunger and trauma to their souls. We are the answer to the cry of their hearts for help. 

We will be doing fund raisers soon for purchases of small economical white refrigerator and freezer units .  We need to raise $ 2500.00 .


                                                                        Learn more at    We need units at our packing facilities at Foothills Elementary and St. Paul’s Episcopal and some of the schools want units to keep a greater supply of fresh and frozen items.  Please consider becoming a regular monthly donor with Jeffco Eats. 

We will increase weekly produce this year from purchases at Food Bank of the Rockies, fresh produce from large farms we have a relationship with and grow some of our own produce. Shelf stable produce like potatoes, onions and carrots are easy to keep food safe and for the children to carry home in their weekend food bags. 

                           Please go to or to see our weekly                 volunteering opportunities. 


 Barbara Moore, Executive Director. 

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Volunteers for 2018 to help reduce hunger

We wrote a grant last week to CO BIZ and were amazed to see that we had over 2800 hours of service by our supporters.  We have about 40 volunteers a week helping in picking up food, driving food to schools and packing the weekend food bags.



We will have a few big events this year and will need about 100 volunteers for those dates.  If you are working for a corporation that gets paid time off to volunteer we would love to talk with you.



  • Please email and Barbara Moore Executive Director will set a time to come and speak with you.  

We do desire children, teens, young adults to seniors to be a diverse group and organization.  One regular helper brings her son in his backpack and he rests on her while she walks about picking up seven items a 100 times.  The children of Foothills Elementary get to have the privilege of helping for an hour on a rotation. The community liaison shares with them reminders about helping others.  They just shout out sometimes how happy they are to do this work.  Food Bank of the Rockies is our program provider for our food.  We get canned foods, fresh foods and items rescued from grocery stores.

We work in food policy groups in the city also.  We are active members of the Jefferson County Food Policy Council.  Together we can end hunger.  We support the bill in the Colorado legislature right now to end hunger .

We were featured in the Jefferson County Schools News last week: Foothills ES & Jeffco Eats

Foothills Elementary School welcomed a special helper January 5! Phil Weiser, a candidate for Colorado Attorney General, volunteered his time to support Jeffcoeats Weekend Food Program at Foothills, the hub for Jeffco Eats. They process and fill over 500 grocery bags of food that is distributed and delivered to 12 Jeffco Public Schools every week. Students who participate receive a free bag of food every Friday to supplement their family weekend food needs. It was a pleasure having Phil and his team help out!


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