Donations for Summer Food Program – 20 sites so #jeffcoeats

We are in week two of our summer food program for children and families.  We will be providing about 4500 lbs of food or more each week to 20 locations.  Summer is the time when children and families are much more food insecure.  Forty two percent of a child s weekly food is gone when school closes.  That is 10 meals of 21 meals a week.  Breakfast and lunch are no longer coming from USDA food services at schools .

 

Would you consider providing $40 dollars to cover one child for ten weeks of summer food ?  This will include a weekly bag of shelf stable food for child and family weighing about 7 to 9 lbs and including vegetables, pasta, breakfast items, peanut butter, healthy snacks. We then provide at sites fresh produce like watermelon, and tomatoes and spaghetti squash and potatoes and onions and sweet potatoes.  We also give awesome healthy snack foods which the children and families so appreciate .

    Please click now and donate, $10, $25, $40 or $100.  Many backpack programs like us do not work in summer so we really need your help in supporting our work for these very needy children.

SUMMER FOOD SITES INCLUDE:  Rose Stein and Wilmore Davis and Lasley Kids Smart , Splash Pool, Lakewood Head Start, Maplewood, Cedar Groves, Timber Leaf, Lamar Station, Trailer Parks, Green Gables, Ray Ross Park, Belmar Grove.  We will be at the SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM KICKOFF EVENT June 12th at Emory Elementary with a booth if you want to learn more about us.   We will be providing food on two days for their mobile cafe and also help 80 children a day at a summer camp at New Life Church in Lakewood.

We work on a very tight budget and truly are so grateful for any donations.  Perhaps your children could do a lemonade stand and raise money for other children so they can eat.  We need volunteers every Friday so go to http://www.metrovolunteers.org   to sign up.  We need 35 men women and teens and children each week.  This Friday we will be getting 6000 lbs of food to be offloaded from our U haul truck from Food Bank of the Rockies and then our packing teams start bringing together our substantial food bag for the child and family.  Together we can greatly reduce Summer hunger.

Summer time is when we get working to join with other organizations to feed the children and families

  1. Website: paypal –
    go to jeffcoeats.org and click on donate link
  2. Check: write check to Jeffco Eats and mail to 11505 w Texas avenue Lakewood CO 80232. You will receive tax receipt with our ein #
  3. Corporate Sponsor – email us at jeffcoeats@gmail.com if your club or corporation would like to support us.
  4. Cash donations: use a card to write your name and address or email to get a receipt
  5. Phone – just go to jeffcoeats.org and click on donate and use paypal or credit card

Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

Take the Food Stamp Challenge

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That’s about the average amount Coloradans receive from food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table, whether due to a job loss, health issue, minimum-wage job or misfortune in their life. Food stamps help families and individuals purchase groceries, giving them access to the fuel needed for better, healthier lives and stronger communities…though it’s not always enough for three healthy meals every day.

TWe Challenge Youhe food stamp budget, on average in Colorado, equates to only about $1.40 per meal or $29.40 per week. What if that’s all you had to spend on groceries? Would you be able to eat healthy and thrive?

We challenge YOU to try eating healthy on such a food budget for at least one week. The Food Stamp Challenge not only sheds light on what it’s like to live on such a limited budget, but it can raise awareness of existing barriers like lack of access to high-quality, nutritious food. Let us know if you participate!

Find out how to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge, read what other participants are saying, and share your experience during and after the Challenge. (You also can download our flier about the Challenge.)

 


What is the Challenge

 

Download our flier about the Food Stamp Challenge, which includes this list and other information.

This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on limited food budget for one week, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to try and eat healthy on food stamps. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks.

How the Challenge works:Groceries

  • It will last for seven consecutive days.
  • Spend no more than the allotted amount per day, including beverages.
  • Only buy and eat/drink items that are allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits.
  • Don’t use food already on hand unless you deduct the value from your daily amount. Salt and pepper do not count against the daily cost allowance, but all other seasonings, cooking oils, condiments, snacks and drinks do.
  • Try to include fresh produce and a healthy protein each day.
  • Don’t accept food from family, friends, co-workers and others. Avoid free food anywhere.
  • No outside food or dining out is permitted since you cannot use food stamp benefits on hot meals.
  • You may need to cut coupons or search grocery paper ads on days that items are discounted.
  • Keep a log of what was bought and eaten for each meal, as well as grocery receipts.
  • Keep a daily journal of the experience. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry?

What you can purchase with food stamp benefits:

  • Produce and canned goods
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Dried goods, beans and rice
  • Breads and cereals
  • Baby food and infant formula
  • Soda, chips and candy
  • Coffee and tea
  • Seeds (whether for eating or planting)

What cannot be purchased with food stamps:

  • Hot food or any food that you eat in-store
  • Pet food
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cigarettes
  • Medicine and vitamins
  • Non-edible household items like diapers, soap, laundry detergent or toilet paper

 

RESOURCES: Trying to eat healthy on a food stamp budget

 


SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE

Food Stamp Challenge participants are encouraged to keep a daily journal and share their experiences—during and after the Challenge—with Hunger Free Colorado, as well as with their friends, family and others. Email us and let us know if you participate! 

  • Do a daily journal or video diary, recording your thoughts or yourself with a smartphone. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry? What did you learn from this experience?
  • Blog about it. Post your daily journal or video diary online, or simply write posts for your own blog or community newspaper. Include photos of your purchased food and meals. Consider doing a guest blog for Hunger Free Colorado like others have. See past blog posts.
  • Post about the Challenge on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share daily updates, recipes used, photos of your purchased food and meals, and an end-of-the-week recap. Use the hashtags #SNAPChallenge and #EndHungerCO to engage more people in the conversation. Post on Hunger Free Colorado’s Facebook page and tag our Twitter and Instagram handle, @HungerFreeCO, for possible re-posts.
  • Use your voice—talk about your experience with others. Did you come away with greater awareness and understanding for the hunger challenges that affect so many in our state? Have discussions with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others in social circle. Share your experience with members of your church, civic organizations and other clubs.
  • Give a presentation about your experience and invite a representative from Hunger Free Colorado to provide insight into the issue and solutions for eradicating hunger.
  • Contact your community or neighborhood newspapers, and see if they would let you write a guest column about your experience.
  • Encourage others to take the Food Stamp Challenge. When sharing your experience, ask others if they would be interested in trying it for one week. Share this web page, too.

After taking the challenge, we urge you to become more involved in the fight against hunger. Everyone must be a part of the solution if we want to create a hunger-free Colorado. There’s a place for you at the table. Learn more about what you can do today and in the future.

 

 

Donate for 27 gallon storage tubs

We need 40 more storage tubs to store and deliver additional weekend food bags we are making weekly.  The cost is $450.  Please give what you can and we will be so appreciative.  If you want to send a check the address is 11505 W Texas Avenue Lakewood CO 80232.  Together we are reducing hunger for the precious children.

Donations needed for plastic 27 gallon tubs

We use plastic tubs to store and move our weekend food bags to automobiles for our delivery volunteers.  Would you consider a donation of $450 or $45 or $20 dollars to help cover the costs for this purchase.  We were using cardboard boxes for our overflow food bags as we grow and it is not a good way to handle and move our food.  

> 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 you are. We are missionaries of sorts and serve children with backgrounds from all over the planet.

 

Support Us as we Grow

End of Year Giving

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In order to make an offline donation we ask that you please follow these instructions:

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$156 One Child For School Year

Mail checks to:  Jeffco Eats 9200 W 10th Ave Lakewood CO 80215 Our volunteers are busy every Thursday and Friday driving food bags to Lakewood elementary and High Schools. We serve a middle school in Wheat Ridge and an Elementary school in Edgewater. The total free and reduced lunch students in our strategic targeted cities title one is over 8,000.  A food sack costs appx. $4 each. That would be $32,000 per week if every child needed food for weekend. We estimate that in next five years we will serve 35 to 60 percent of children in each school weekend food and produce. This budget is over $1 million.  Together we can mitigate trauma from hunger and help every child thrive.  Join us by planting a seed with us to enable us to continue bringing food to the hungry children for Saturday and Sunday.

Mail checks to :  Jeffco Eats 9200 W 10th Avenue Lakewood CO 80215 

Our Cupboards Got Bare & We Need Your Help

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Yesterday we cleared out every food tote we had made to help make Thanksgiving a little bit better for our 8 Title One Schools we serve.  Our volunteers with some slight back problems had to take a hot bath last night.  Haha….

Over 4000 lbs of food went to schools yesterday and fresh farm picked carrots, onions, hubbard squash,potatoes and some cauliflower and greek yogurt for smoothies. 

Seriously we need your help this time of year with Christmas coming and holiday vacation from school.  Our families are at risk for hunger so when the children do not get their free and reduced breakfasts and lunches each day for a week or so it is really traumatic.   Please consider a donation this end of year.  Food costs are $4 a week so $20 is five weeks for one child and $156 is 0ne childs food for school year.  $156 one child one year

 

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Could you Please consider providing any size year end gift  !

3 New Schools we now serve together !

Whoo Hoo for Us.  We now get to help students at 3 new Jeffco Schools and reduce hunger.  We will be bringing weekly weekend food to  Brady High School Lakewood. Brady Exploration School Logo  This school is for 11th and 12th graders and utilizes alternative methods to achieve life changing success .  Content is project based learning. We are serving this school with Totes for Hope and other foods requested.

THE BRADY OPTION

Our mission is to offer relevant curriculum which fosters healthy adult-student and peer-to-peer relationships, self-knowledge, critical thinking, flexibility, and creativity so that students can effectively adapt to the dynamic global community.
To motivate students and encourage success, no Ds or Fs are given; teachers and students are responsible to ensure that the student is proficient through weekly progress monitoring. Students are also assigned a Seminar teacher who helps to establish weekly goals, explore career opportunities, and guide students in preparation for ACT testing.

Our next school we will be serving weekly is Deane Elementary Lakewood Colorado. They have requested we bring them weekly fresh produce and healthy foods and we said, so be it.

 

Welcome to Deane Elementary

We believe all students learn at high levels when educators hold high expectations and ensure a safe, structured learning environment that honors diversity, provides varied opportunities for success, and fosters positive relationships through a spirit of collaboration.Mariachi Band

Our third school to come on board this month is Alameda High School Lakewood Colorado . Liaisons for community Abe and Carla are rock starts with a huge number of students they help each day.  We are working directly with classroom teachers to provide some food each week to reduce chronic hunger problems.  Together we can help students in high school thrive and be able to study and even have something to eat before their athletic and club practices.

 

 

 

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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 community foundation we are today. For example, in 1997, we became a community foundation and transformed into LMC Community Foundation. In 2007, we changed our name to Community First Foundation to reflect our broader mission.  “

 

 

This money will directly impact our ability to expand our capacity.  We currently serve eight schools which are Title One.  Our program provides weekly a bag of about seven items to Emory Elementary Lakewood, Lasley Elementary Lakewood, Edgewater Elementary, Mulholm Elementary Lakewood, Foothills Elementary Lakewood, Everitt Middle School Wheat Ridge and Brady High School Lakewood.

We receive our food mainly from our programs with Food Bank of the Rockies. We provide shelf stable healthy foods and produce and other food items.  Our program is 100 per cent about weekend food for those who are at risk for hunger on weekends. 

Our program supports children all year round including summer time. We have a vision and strategy to expand to fill needs of more schools in our specific and targeted geographic areas of Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, and Edgewater.  We started our program because these geographic areas were not being served with a backpack weekend food program.

We have gotten strong feed back from parents that they want more fresh produce and we shall meet that goal.  

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