Homeless Children in Jefferson County CO – need our help!

Title One division of Jefferson County Public Schools has area leaders whose job it is each week to direct families and children to resources.  The last data collected regarding homeless children in our schools was in 2015-2016.   Here are those facts:  2,733 children homeless

2.3 % of children were un-sheltered – living in car, street  =  63

11.2 % of children living in motels = 306

8.3 % of children living in shelters = 226

78.2 % of children living double up  [more than one family in a home] = 2137


One of The biggest problem this year is that resources are becoming smaller and smaller for a bigger number of very low income single family homes.  Over 80 percent of poor are single family .  Many of our families in Jefferson County are working poor. Together we can make a difference.


Good News is that we are a great community in Jefferson County and people volunteer. People give $20 or $50 dollars.  Many food backpack programs have clubs like boy scouts doing fund raisers to donate $150 .   PTA families donate, established small businesses help all the time.

The “working poor” are people who spend 27 weeks or more in a year in the labor force either working or looking for work but whose incomes fall below the poverty level.

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We have a huge need to establish shelters.  It was brought up by Mean Street Ministries that often in statistics the term shelter is used when it is actually a program.  If you need crisis shelter that night you need a shelter.  Jeffco Action Center has a great program that you need to apply for and it is for short term. They meet some very important needs.  Collaboration is a key to multiplied synergy.

Check out http://www.headinghomejeffco.com/

Heading Home funded the Severe Weather Shelter in 2017 -2018 with a  grant.  So after March what happens to those families ?  Until November where do they sleep ?  Many families work two shifts. For parents who work a 3-12 pm shift or a 1-9 shift you cannot get into a shelter at that time of night.  From what I understand you need the parent to check in the children and they cant because they are at work.

Data for what it takes in Jefferson County in 2018 to have food and shelter is around $28 an hour.  That is a salary of $58,240.  If you work at Walmart or at $11 an hour you earn $22,880.  Even with two parents that is $45,760.   What can we do as a community to help end poverty ?

We at Jeffco Eats are existing for weekend food needs all year round,  on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for human existence – first is water and food and then shelter.  To get a single family out of crisis mode to be able to take baby steps to become financially stable, we must address first things first.  

Physiological needs include:

Safety needs[edit]

Once a person’s physiological needs are relatively satisfied, their safety needs take precedence and dominate behavior. In the absence of physical safety – due to war, natural disaster, family violencechildhood abuse, etc. – people may (re-)experience post-traumatic stress disorder or transgenerational trauma. In the absence of economic safety – due to economic crisis and lack of work opportunities – these safety needs manifest themselves in ways such as a preference for job security, grievance procedures for protecting the individual from unilateral authority, savings accounts, insurance policies, disability accommodations, etc. This level is more likely to predominate in children as they generally have a greater need to feel safe.

Safety and Security needs include:

Your Group Can Be A Hunger Hero so Jeffco Eats

Hunger Hero sign up @ Food Bank Rockies with Jeffco Eats and Your Group. Your hours give us cash to buy food !!Image result for money treeImage result for money tree

Two mints in One” was a commercial decades ago. You can do two things at once if you would have your group sign up with Us to help at Food Bank of the Rockies.

 We get credit to buy food for the children if you sign up under our non profit.  Jeffco Eats is the DBA name for Harvest Mountain Ministries. Image result for mints candy

You can be a hunger hero

At Food Bank of the Rockies, we believe everyone deserves to thrive. If you agree, join our cause and give more than your time. Give hope.


Please note: We place volunteers in different areas because our needs change daily.

Not all opportunities are available every day at every branch. We appreciate your flexibility to volunteer where you and/or your group can help us the most.

SCHEDULE A SHIFT IN DENVER                  


SIGN UP DETAILS:  1. go to www.foodbankrockies.org   2. Volunteers – click   3. Volunteer Your Time – scroll down to SCHEDULE A SHIFT   4. Click – I am scheduling my Group  5. Sign up for Harvest Mountain Ministries which is Jeffco Eats  6. am time is 8:45 – 12 and pm is 12:15 – 3:30.   7.  email jeffcoeats@gmail.com and tell us when you signed up so we can be sure to check our account balance with the money added because your group helped be HUNGER HERO.

Grateful,  Executive Director Barbara Moore and Board

Green Mountain Beer Company Fundraiser March 14th

Please come join us to raise money for our growing number of schools we serve with weekend food every week of the school year and summer.  Green Mountain Beer Company will donate 20 % of proceeds.  You can purchase beer or kombucha.

2585 S Lewis Way
Lakewood, Colorado 80227
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(303) 986-0201


It is a children friendly environment and you can bring food in with you.  Starts at 4 until 8 pm.  Love to see you and have some fun.  If you cannot make it would you consider a donation ?  We added three new schools the last few weeks. 


Woodstock to Foodstock – I came upon a child of God that was walking along the road




 She was one of those ’60s people Joni Mitchell sang about, a child of God walking along a road that led to Woodstock. Seeds of goodwill from attending that music festival planted in Barbara Moore’s soul.
But they lay dormant for years, squelched by life in the corporate fast lane. Then Barbara asked herself what she really wanted. “To get back to the garden.”
She learned that more than 200,000 children struggle with hunger every day in Colorado. Some receive free or reduced-cost school lunches. But on weekends, they may go hungry. In one family, the kids play a guessing game: “Who’s going to get to eat this weekend?”
Barbara went into action, and Jeffco Eats was born. Volunteers bag food items and transport them to schools for students to carry home for the weekend.
Meeting needs doesn’t have to come through an organization. One woman I know watches out for latchkey kids on her block, helping them with loose bike chains. A grandfather runs errands for his daughter so she doesn’t have to haul her preschoolers around. A group of women knit hats for homeless teens.
The world’s needs can overwhelm me. But I heard a man say, “Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is to stop praying and to start doing.”
Good advice. So I’m part of Barbara’s brigade, filling bags with meals for hungry tummies. We’re transforming the idealism of Woodstock into the reality of foodstock.
Because nobody should be forced to guess who gets to eat this weekend.


Barbara wrote a book on Amazon about her life as an organic farmer.  Whether fresh food from an organic farm or staple peanut butter and jelly in jars, our children are hungry and it is one in five. This is a famine amidst the suburban lifestyle of affluence.  Will you consider adopting one of our children who we give food to every week so they are not hungry on the weekend.  

  For 39 weeks during school year it is $4 a week so $ 156.  Or summer is coming and we need to support 650 children a week at $4 per week so that is $2600 a week.  ASK your company you work for or you club or your church to become a regular supporter of Jeffco Eats.  Together we can end childhood hunger in Jefferson County Colorado.