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 http://www.metrovolunteers.org   Or email jeffcoeats@gmail.com

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

OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER:

  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 jeffcoeats@gmail.com

 

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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 98.org 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 www.metrovolunteers.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

“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.

https://www.thetriangle.org/news/childhood-trauma-leads-food-deprivation-later-life/

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
workforce,
• 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

 

https://www.nokidhungry.org/sites/default/files/child-economy-study.pdf

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 http://www.metrovolunteers.org 

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. !