Jeffco Eats Summer to Fall Schedules and Locations for Volunteering

Summer to Fall Schedule and Locations

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We will move to our fall location at St Bernadette Catholic School on August 9 and 10. We will only need people to volunteer to help move us and not to pack food on August 10 .

July 20 – no packing food and volunteers not needed only drivers/ wheat ridge

July 27 – pack food double order, truck from FBR and drivers /wheat ridge

August 3 – pack second half of FBR order and drivers last summer delivery/wheat ridge

August 10 – move to St Bernadette from Wheat Ridge Head start. No packing or deliveries only moving.

August 17 – pack food and receive truck from FBR no deliveries

August 23 – first deliveries to schools and Fall program clients

August 24 – pack food and resume school regular schedule

Come to wheat ridge head start and we will use cars and trucks to bring our “stuff”.

ST BERNADETTE Catholic School address:

 St. Bernadette Catholic School
1100 Upham Street
Lakewood, Colorado 80214
(303) 237-0401

 

All volunteers who will regularly come to help will need to take a safety course for 90 minutes due to proximity to the pre school children.  Others will have to check in at church office to get a badge. Please sign up on www.metrovolunteers.org for all volunteering.   

McLain High Lakewood CO is a unique suburban high school with amazing stories of resilience – will join Jeffco Eats program network

Jeanne Stongle helps students every day find answers to their questions about careers. She works in career development at Mc Lain High Lakewood CO.

I spent some time there during my organic farming career teaching six week sessions on Urban AG.  We brought students to farm to learn on site about sustainability and organic growing in greenhouse and field crops.  Harvest Mountain Farm Gardens was about a half acre full production farm serving chefs, farmers markets, CSA share holders.  I have a passion to teach financial sustainability and career possibilities in small scale intensive farming . photo of building

This go around as Executive Director of Jeffco Eats I was talking to Jeanne about how hungry are the 550 students at Mc Clane. Her job is career development and this most diverse at risk population has many challenges including being hungry.   Many of the students work full time and 40 to 55 hours a week besides going to school and often eat on the run.

McClane believes in the students to be cause oriented with community service and requires volunteering to develop life skills. Eighty percent of the students are on free and reduced lunch programs.  The only additional food coming into the school for the 550 students are district food boxes and Jeanne did not know exactly who provides them.

We Are Unique
As part of our unique experience, McLain/Long View High School offers a Career Development and Exploration office.  That office is housed by Jeanne Stongle, our Career Development Coordinator. The Career Development Office is located on the first floor in room 118. 
 
 
Our Student’s Success Is Important
At McLain/Long View High School, we have implemented a Career Development and Exploration program for our students.  We want all of our students to leave High School on a path to succeed at their highest potential.  We work with students on employability skills which include, but are not limited to career assessments, resume building, interview skills, job search skills, corporate expecations and other on the job skills.  We offer employment help, job coaching, career assessments and internships.  Researching companies and careers in class is a great activity but learning about a career by experiencing it in person is an even greater learning tool that often helps our students visualize their future. These experiences also enable our students to understand how their classroom and textbook education applies in the real world.  

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At any given day they can have 100 homeless children, said Jeanne Stongle.  This can mean they are couch surfing. There are also students 18 to 21 years old at Mc Clane and adults who go back to school to get their diploma.

Bottom line is we are going to collaborate with Mc Lain High to provide food and some skills and they are going to help us by volunteering. Most of all we will get to know some of the students and love and encourage them while providing for some of their food insecurity needs.

We will be evaluating providing seven item food tote bags, snacks, and or produce.  McLain has been on our list of schools we need to begin serving so it is a happy day that we connected and will move forward by end of August to bring some food to these wonderful students at Mc Lain High .  It is located near Warren Tech and Red Rocks CC.

13600 W 2nd Pl, Lakewood, CO 80228

Jefferson County, Colorado Community Health Needs Assessment

Definitions

Food Insecurity – When someone suffers from food insecurity, it means that they experience inconsistent access to adequate food, due to a lack of money and/or other resources at times during the year. This includes the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally-adequate and safe foods, including involuntarily cutting back on meals or food portions, or not knowing the source of the next meal. People who are food insecure are also known as “at risk of hunger.” Food insecurity includes categories of “low” and “very low” food security, indicating degrees to which food intake is reduced or normal eating patterns are disrupted because of lack of money and other resources for food (1).

Hunger – Hunger is a physiological condition for an individual that may result from food insecurity. It is a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation (1).

Food Desert – Geographic areas that lack reasonable access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods are called food deserts. These are usually found in impoverished areas. Food deserts occur largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and healthy food providers. A “low-access community” is where at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract’s population resides more than 1 mile from a supermarket or large grocery store. For rural census tracts, the distance is more than 10 miles (2).

The Jefferson County Food Policy Council has further refined this definition for its work in the County, considering household income levels, educational attainment, percent of owner occupied housing units, percent of the labor force in professional occupations, unemployment levels and the percent of households in poverty. These factors have been used by Harvard Law School to define geographic areas where food insecurity exists. The Food Policy Council has used this tool to define areas in Jefferson County experiencing food insecurity. Some of these include southeast Arvada, Wheat Ridge where it borders Arvada, east Lakewood, southwest Golden and parts of the unincorporated mountain areas.

Poverty – Poverty is a state or condition in which a person or community lacks the financial resources and essentials to enjoy a minimum standard of life and well-being. These include resources such as include shelter, food and water. Federal poverty guidelines (or poverty thresholds) are set by the U.S. government each year to determine a household’s poverty status based on household income, family size, composition and age of family members (3). 

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that 12.3 percent of United States households were food insecure. This includes 4.9 percent who had very low food security, which is categorized by a family member going without or drastically reducing food consumption due to lack of money or other means for obtaining food (4). Overall, food insecurity in the United States remains high, as it has for the past several years, with households continuing to experience the lingering effects of the Great Recession. Current levels of food insecurity remain above pre-recession levels in 2007, when 11.1 percent of households were insecure nationally and 10.3 percent of Coloradans struggled with hunger (4,5).

Food insecurity not only impacts the availability of food in a household, but it also has significant health implications as well. A Hunger in America survey, taken in 2014, found that among households served by food banks, 58 percent had a family member with high blood pressure and 33 percent had at least one member with diabetes (6).

“In Jefferson County, 59,110, or more than 1 in 10, Jefferson County residents are food insecure.”

– Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap 2017

One of the programs addressing food insecurity in the United States is the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), an income-based program created by the Food Stamp Act of 1964 with the intention of improving nutrition among families with low-income by providing them with monthly benefits to purchase food (7). Another program is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which was established as a permanent program in 1974 to safeguard the health of pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women with low income, infants and children up to age 5 by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, as well as nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion and support (8). WIC also supports fathers, grandparents, adopted and foster families with children who meet the enrollment guidelines. Another program, the National School Lunch Program, provides federally-assisted, nutritionally-balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children in public and nonprofit private schools (9).

Public assistance programs, such as SNAP and WIC, have been crucial in not just alleviating the effects of poverty and food insecurity, but also improving dietary intake and health, especially among children (10). Still, food assistance programs are just one step in improving nutritional outcomes among individuals and families with lower income. Additional efforts are needed to create awareness and knowledge of healthy eating practices. One example of this kind of intervention is The Double Up Food Bucks program, which combines nutrition education with financial incentives for the purchase of fruits and vegetables for SNAP enrollees at farmers markets in low-income neighborhoods with food deserts (11).

Source: Feeding America, https://hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org/understand-food-insecurity/

Health Disparities and Inequities

US Census, ACS 2015 – 1 year estimates

There is a growing pool of evidence suggesting that the higher price of healthier foods contributes to poor diets among lower-income populations. In general, nutrient-dense fresh fruits and vegetables are more expensive than energy-dense foods, like processed foods, which have relatively high sugar and fat content (12). A considerable amount of research demonstrates that people living in or near poverty have disproportionately worse health outcomes and less access to health care than those who do not (10). Communities made up of largely people with low income, ethnic minorities and lower levels of education, are most likely to have their local food system dominated by cheap, processed, and nutrient deficient foods. Inner city and rural communities are more likely to as well (13).

Implications and Data for Jefferson County

Percent of the population that is food insecure, Jefferson County and Colorado (2017)

Jefferson County
Source: Feeding American: Map the Meal Gap 2017
10.7%

Colorado
Source: Feeding American: Map the Meal Gap 2017
12.2%

Community Health Needs Assessment Focus Group Findings

Focus groups countywide expressed concern about food insecurity, with many participants saying that certain groups in their community were most affected by it. These concerns were coupled with related concerns around nutrition and obesity. Participants expressed concerns around inadequate healthy options available through SNAP benefits and food pantries. Focus groups discussed the high cost of fresh fruits and vegetables. Participants stated concern around whether the children who receive free or reduced-price school lunches were struggling with food insecurity issues during summer break. Participants noted the connection between food insecurity and chronic conditions, like diabetes and obesity.

Percent of the low-income population that is eligible for SNAP benefits, but are not enrolled in SNAP (2014 & 2016)
Source: Hunger Free Colorado
YearPercentJeffersonColoradoUnited States2014201601020304050

In 2016, 40 percent of those that were eligible for SNAP benefits in Jefferson County were not enrolled the SNAP program.”

– Hunger Free Colorado data (2016)

Percent of households that are below poverty level and receiving SNAP benefits.

White areas are the most underserved by SNAP, while the dark blue areas are better served by SNAP

Source: ACS 5-year estimates (2011-2015)

REST OF ARTICLE: https://insight.livestories.com/s/v2/food-insecurity/8ec21eb0-d76a-4aca-b167-a38bf811526c/

 

“a mom cried last week when we got her weekend food from Jeffco Eats”

Slowing down every now and then is a good habit. Summer is a time to have some specials moments of fun. Fun can mean many things to many people. The hundreds of volunteers at Jeffco Eats every week bring smiles or tears to children and families. Together we can eradicate weekend hunger for 4000 children.Image result for good images

We were asked by New Life Church in Lakewood which is a place focused on helping those in dire need, to bring food to a summer camp for 8 weeks. We were thrilled and honored. Gail Garcia is the Director of Zocata which happens at 1380 Ammons Street Lakewood.

By you giving a recurring donation on paypal you can insure we keep on existing as a high functioning and strategic non profit 501 c3. 

We are working on a test program for Fall where we will help some families not have food trauma due to deprivation and lack for a number of months.

 

They need help and coaching on how to make decisions around food when they feel safe. Will you consider joining our growing group of those who give $25, $50 or even $150 a month to help and insure every week that Jeffco Eats ?  Image result for donate monthly to charity