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 Read More
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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.usEmory Elementary – 1275 S Teller Drive Lakewood CO Liaison – Read More
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“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 Read More
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31 December

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 Read More
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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 Read More
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Today for our program schools and apartments we have totes for hope bags 8 items, baking supplies, carrots, apples, and fresh foods and frozen for some school kitchens… please help us keep choices for our children and families by donating. www.jeffcoeats.org Read More
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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. Read More
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 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. Read More
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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, Read More
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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 Read More
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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 Read More
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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 Read More
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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 Read More
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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 Read More
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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 Read More
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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 Read More
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We follow all USDA guidelines for food safety. This is especially true in regards to shelf stable foods and dates on cans and packages.  If you are a school liaison or family who gets these foods weekly this free mobile app can help you feel safe and informed. The FoodKeeper contains food safety and storage advice to help your shoppers maintain freshness and quality of foods. There are two ways to help shoppers utilize The Read More
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We are Proud to announce that Jeffco Eats is a member of the amazing PUSH program with Food Bank of the Rockies. We are also Agency Express members and Totes for Hope program providers. We live to PUSH PRODUCE. We exist to allow greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables for our school children and their families. Colleen Daszkiewicz,Agency Relations Representative, Food Bank of the Rockies is doing amazing work to increase access to fresh Read More
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“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. We were asked by New Life Read More
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30 October

Jeffco Eats Origin

The Story Behind JeffcoEats Help support our local efforts In Jefferson County Colorado  By Barbara Moore From Section 8 low income housing compexes to trailer parks to swimming pools in low income neighborhoods to summer camps. If we heard about a possibility we pursued them to put food insecurity on hold to some degree.  We gave produce and shelf stable substantial food bags to snacks.  If you serve 11 weeks in summer versus having a Read More
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