HOME PLATE is the goal

For the over 10,000 children and their families which would be 25,000 family members with the disease called food insecurity, we are going to take a stand together. Will you join us in this pledge ? “I pledge, or we pledge” to take actions and make decisions in Jefferson County to get our children and families to HOME PLATE.” “We will add to our life a legacy of helping others to EAT ” “We choose […]

Targeted Food Drive -Help Us Help Others – Jeffco Eats

The requests we are receiving to help children and families reduce hunger is growing so much each month. We really need your help to donate and for some to donate regularly to support our work that has included over 40 sites since our inception. We will be adding drop off sites but begin with Hampton Inn Denver . They were so kind as to allow us to use their facility for our Gala Event last […]

Delivery Driver Ambassadors for Jeffco Eats

Jeffco Eats Delivery Drivers Teams Thursday Drivers are a core of our Ambassadors who load and deliver foods each week to our locations at Section 8 Apartments, Title One Schools, Head Starts, Gap Schools, Pools, Parks, Rec Centers all year round.                                      Leadership Team for Drivers/Deliveries Logistics Don and Jeanette Polotto –  A couple who are a team. Don has a background in Electrical Contracting and Jeanette provides communications and planning talents.  Deanna Kahn – […]

Ambassadors & Advisors for Jeffco Eats

Ambassadors for Jeffco Eats                        Ambassadors for Jeffco Eats Advisory Board Ambassadors Jeffco Eats Chair of Advisory Board – Paula Redig – Adams 12 Five Star Retired Principal. Owner of A 1 Rentals Wheat Ridge with Russ Redig. Student teacher supervision Regis College. Taught Social Studies. Advisory Board   Ed Diez DeMedina – Senior Vice President of Human Resources/Director of Diversity & Inclusion at FirstBank. Aba Stonier School of Banking/ Wharton School.  University of Utah School […]

Majority of schools we serve and share foods with are Latino

Fighting Hunger Among Latino Children Breaking Barriers to SNAP Benefits Will Help End Hunger By Alejandro Garcia Posted on June 2, 2011, 9:00 am Latinos are becoming a national presence and will represent a crucial segment of our nation’s future workforce. They accounted for more than half of the nation’s growth from 2000 to 2010 and will be a third of the overall population by 2050. Latino children currently make up more than one in five children in the United States. […]

Partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies – Jeffco Eats

Jeffco Eats is an approved agency express member and provider with Food Bank of Rockies. We are also in the Totes for Hope Program and PUSH produce program. We get 90 percent of our foods from Food Bank Rockies. BBB ACCREDITED CHARITY bbb.org A Member of CHARITY NAVIGATOR What does Food Bank of the Rockies do? Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We feed the hungry through our programs and […]

When do canned goods really expire ?

Food myths debunked: When do canned foods really expire? When does canned food really expire? Is it safe to eat canned food after the “best by” date? Here’s what we know.Jan. 9, 2018, 8:57 AM MST / Source: TODAYBy Katie Jackson During the winter months, chances are pretty good that one night, you may be reaching for that can of soup in your pantry when it’s just too cold to go out — and you’re too tired to prepare […]

So school ends in 17 weeks and bye bye 42% of our food

For the average suburban middle class family Mid May can mean beginning a routine of weekly new fun adventures for the children , a summer vacation for a week, trips to the mountains, and many other special ways to be entertained and enjoy summer. Raise your hand if that’s your family ? Since we believe in serving, sharing and loving at Jeffco Eats we would like you to join us in doing something to help […]

getting the most for your dollar when you donate foods

We had someone donate to a food drive a tasty bite lentil bag. We are going to look at this donation versus cooking from scratch with organic products to see how you who donate to Jeffco Eats can get the most for our children and families consistently all year round. Price: $10.73 ($0.18 / Ounce)  | FREE Same-Day Tasty Bite Indian Entree Madras Lentils 10 Ounce (Pack of 6), Fully Cooked Indian Entrée with Lentils Red Beans […]

Virtual Food Drive – for shutdown helps and needs -Jeffco Eats

We know how much you want to help and we want your efforts to do the most good! Did you know only 1% of the food we distribute comes from community food drives? JEFFCO EATS is a partner with Food Bank of the Rockies because we can help five times as much with food needs in collaboration with their skills and economies of scale buying and distribution power.  We are going to launch a food drive in next week. Email : jeffcoeats@gmail.com if you want to help. While we certainly accept non-perishable food […]

Mobile Food Pantry = Jeffco Eats

We serve each week 18 or more mobile locations. We only serve schools and apartment complexes in our program. Our locations are during school year : Lasley Elementary –  1401 S Kendall Street Lakewood CO 80232 Liaison –  Kimberly Ophaug – 303 982 9729     kimberly.ophaug@jeffco.k12.co.us Mulholm Elementary – 6000 W 9th avenue Lakewood CO   303 982 6240 Liaison – Dolores Barela   303 982 6229  dolores.barela@jeffco.k12.co.us Emory Elementary – 1275 S Teller Drive Lakewood CO Liaison […]

the day they get the sacks in best day of the week

“heard from Amber that some kids tell her that the day they get the sacks is the best day of the week because they get food! “ Why would you want to support Jeffco Eats, because we are bottom line helping kiddos every day not be hungry… these are real children with real hunger. this school is in Lakewood and is k through 8 and not a title one school. Food in picture is fresh […]

Serve Share Love

We are serving and sharing and loving our community together each week. Jeffco Eats has made progress this year in developing a sound base of Volunteers for driving and packing and Leadership. Check us out on Guide Star https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/9487467 We will be dedicating much hard work to creating stronger relationships with corporations and monthly supporters. Food Insecurities have shifted to where schools are asking us for emergency foods and after school foods and during the […]

Count on Me – monthly donors

Our children need 50 people to step up to become part of the COUNT ON ME group.  You know how children know who they can count on.  So its easy to become one of those people for our children who receive food each week. Some are homeless, most have parents who work two jobs and are often not home at moments when they are needed.  Become a history maker and sign up today for COUNT […]

Targeted Food Drive – Refugees in Lakewood

Jeffco Eats has in past two years reached out to the families living in Lakewood who are refugees.  This month we are doing a targeted food drive for some families from Afghanistan and Congo.  We only need foods on list. They have asked for these specific foods and we want to honor them by providing what they are in need of and have chosen.  Please provide foods that are fresh and not expired dated food. […]

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. […]

Typical Weekend Jeffco Food “Eats” Sack

Our weekend food sacks are healthy and follow the USDA daily plate nutritional menu items.  Title One children receive breakfast, lunch and sometimes after school snacks Monday to Friday. It is real hunger needs for too many students we are reducing. We provide shelf stable foods, produce and snacks. We occasionally provide dairy items .   Weekly menu in a weekend food sack: Orange juice, crackers,rice,green beans,fruit cocktail,tomatoes,chili. Mac and Cheese,pinto beans,pineapple,soup,peanut butter,crackers,orange juice,tomatoes. Jelly,spaghetti sauce, […]

Facts on Chronic Hunger in Jeffco

When a child does not have access to regular meals and is uncertain of when they may eat again, they are experiencing the epidemic known as “chronic childhood hunger.” Families that cannot afford food or do not have regular access to food are considered “food insecure.” Since 2001-2003, the number of children living in households that were “food insecure” at some point during the year has grown 61 percent in Colorado. By 2006-2008,approximately 234,000 children […]

What is a Title One School

How are Title 1 Funds Used? How to use Title 1 funds rests with each school. Title 1 funds can be used to improve curriculum, instructional activities, counseling, parental involvement, increase staff and program improvement. The funding should assist schools in meeting the educational goals of low-income students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Title 1 funds typically support supplemental instruction in reading and math. Annually, this program reaches over six million students, primarily […]

What is Free and Reduced Lunch Program in Public Schools

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.Jun 13, 2017 A student from a household with an income at or below 130 percent of the poverty income threshold is eligible for free lunch. A student from a household with an income between 130 percent and up to 185 percent of the poverty […]

Jeffco Eats Awarded Community First Foundation Grant

We are so grateful for our grant award from the Community First Foundation this month.Jefferson County was our starting point as we began to serve the community with passion, vision and hard work. “Our journey began in Jefferson County. In 1975, we were founded as the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation and initially served as the fundraising arm for the hospital on Denver’s west side. Over the years, we have grown and changed to become the […]

> 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 […]

Trauma & lack of food #JeffcoEats

Trauma, Food Addiction, and “Painful” Pounds By Maria Rodale by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition For years I’ve listened to women and men recount an agonizing spectrum of verbal, emotional, and physical abuse and trauma that occurred during their childhood, often continuing through adolescence. Most remember that period in their life as the time when they began to overeat. Neglect, abandonment, isolation, and […]