Donate an Item to our Faces of Hunger Gala on November 10

April 30, 2018
Paula Redig, Jeffco Eats
11266 W. 75th Ave
Arvada, CO 80005
To Whom it May Concern:
Over the past 2 years, , Jeffco Eats, a 501(c)(3) Colorado registered non-profit, has been working
toward eliminating childhood hunger in Jefferson County through our weekend and summer food
programs. Each week we provide weekend food packages for over 400 students and their families.
Sadly, the need is much greater than that. There are over 4,000 children in our county who participate
in free and reduced cost lunch programs. While they are provided for while at school, many face hunger
on the weekends. Each year we strive to meet more of our children’s needs by raising money through
grants, sponsorships, and fundraisers.
Consequently, we are pleased to announce our first fundraiser. Our Faces of Hunger and
Poverty Fundraiser Dinner featuring the ‘Empty Bowl Project’ will be November 10th, 2018 at 6:30 at the
Hampton Inn in Lakewood. Our goal of $25,000.00 seems lofty, but hopefully with the help of generous
funding provided by our community, it can be met.
Please help us achieve our goal by making a donation for our silent auction. We will rely on
donated items to keep our costs low, therefore providing more food for our children.
Would you consider donating an item to our auction? A couple of guidelines are:  Market value must be greater than $25.00
 Items must be new
If you have merchandise or an item that fits these guidelines, please fill out the attached
information slip and send it back to us in the self-addressed and stamped envelope or send us the
donation directly. Someone will be in touch with you to discuss your contribution!
Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please visit our website, for more
information. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 303-589-6012 or email me at Kind Regards,
Paula Redig, Chairman of Advisory Board for Gala
Please return this form to Paula Redig
Name: ____________________________________________
Phone#/Email: ______________________________________

Faces of Hunger – first annual fundraiser November 10 – Need corporate and individual sponsors

JeffCo Eats – Fundraiser Dinner – Sponsorship Levels – Final (1)   


Sponsorship Levels
Hampton Inn
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Program begins at 6:30 pm
137 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80228
Whether you are a current sponsor or wish to become one,
please join JeffCo Eats in the support of eliminating childhood
hunger in Jefferson County. Sponsorship Levels to choose from:
Harvest Love – $5,000 – Presenting Sponsor
Grow Laughter – $2,500 Plant Smiles – $1500
Organic Growth- $750 Sowing Seeds – $500
Ticket of Hope – $75.00 per person
Reserved table(s) for 10-12 people
Full page ad in program
Special recognition as the Presenting
Sponsor which includes logo on all
event materials, including social media
1 Reserved table for 8
Full page ad in program
Logo on all event materials and on
social media
1 Reserved table for 8
1/2 page ad in program
Logo on all event materials
and on social media
1 Reserved table for 6
1/4 page ad in program
Logo on all event materials and
on social media
1 Reserved table for 4
1/4 page ad in program
Name on all event materials
which includes a handcrafted ceramic bowl

Summer Dates to pack and deliver for our schools

                                   SCHOOL YEAR PACKING ENDS SOON JEFFCO EATS   


May 11 th last Friday to pack food for kiddos


May 17 last Thursday deliveries to schools



June 4 to July 18 is JSEL – Jefferson County Early Literacy Program which will be held at elementary schools in Lakewood Wheat Ridge Arvada and Edgewater.  We will be delivering food each week to these children and families.

We need volunteers to pickup food at Food Bank of Rockies on Friday mornings and deliver food to schools and pack the bags with 7 items.


June 8


June 15


June 22


June 29


July 6

Meet our “New” Advisory Council for Jeffco Eats

Jeffco Eats as an organization is made up of movers and shakers.  We do not sit around looking at what is not happening.  We believe completely that together we can END WEEKEND HUNGER IN Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and summers in Arvada.  It is not Mission Impossible, but mission possible.

We are proud to share that we have now formed and Advisory Board and Council that will bring forth the fund raising and advocacy we need .  We believe in community and partnerships each day.

The chair of our Advisory Council is Paula Redig.  She brings to our organization years of teaching and administration in public schools.  She is very adept and familiar with what it takes to walk alongside a school in a way that is helpful and strategic.  The Redig family has a business for decades in Wheat Ridge.  A 1 Rentals A-1 002




Paula is a supervisor of Education majors as student teachers with Regis College part time.  She has great passion for the hunger needs of children. She has training for Middle School drop out prevention .


Ed Diez Medina Vice President of Human Resources for First Bank is our second Advisory Board member.  He brings with him serving on Board of Directors of Almost Home Inc a non profit dedicated to helping the homeless find affordable housing.  He has hands on experience for Gala Event planning and collaboration with local businesses.  He is currently completing the Graduate School of Banking Program through the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business. LAKEWOOD, CO - JUNE 23: FirstBank opens it's new corporate headquarters in Lakewood after nearly two years of construction and renovations on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Michael Reaves/The Denver Post)











Third Adviser Board member is Sandy Neumayr.  A Director of Nursing she was awarded the Daisy Leadership Award and raised Nursing Satisfaction scores in the Medical Center. While at Children’s Hospital in University of Virginia she developed and implemented a very comprehensive heart and liver transplant program for children.  She will serve for Camp Wapiyapi – camp for oncology patients and their siblings again this summer. She excels in program development and collaboration.

Fourth Board member is Bernadette Marquez of Foothills Elementary School Lakewood. She is Community Liaison and therefore brings insight into how to serve these staff members at our 12 or more Jefferson County schools  .  We communicate weekly with community liaisons at each school so we will have greater abilities to help and grow in schools due to skills Bernadette brings to our advisory council.


Through monthly meetings our Advisory Board with make strategic connections into the community to raise awareness about weekend hunger and bring the much needed financial capacity growth we so much need.   We also have Ad Hoc Advisers like Wells Fargo Bank in Lakewood who help with very short term events and needs.

Jeffco Summer Early Literacy Program 2018 and Jeffco Eats

February is here and we are strategically planning a bigger impact on summer hunger needs that we had in 2017. This impact is to again partner with Jeffco Schools Foundation and their JSEL program. Jeffco Eats serves the Jefferson County Department of Education and Title One schools in our program for weekend food for hungry children. 

There will be over 1000 students at Jeffco Summer  of Early Literacy Schools. Each school will receive weekend food sacks every week and we will provide fresh produce to all on a first come first serve basis. Where we serve fresh foods will depend on the buy in of that school principal. Please consider supporting us as we ramp up to make a bigger impact on hunger needs for Summer 2018.  We will also bring food for weekend to Jewish Family Services sites . 

We will pick up our food at Food Bank of the Rockies and on occasion at local farms. We will have a team of 35 to 50 volunteers to pack the weekend food of 700 bags and then have an awesome teams of volunteers to drive the food to each school site before the children leave on Fridays.


Literacy learning and having more adequate food to eat go together. We know that food security brings less trauma to the family and less trauma allows for a better environment to thrive.  Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy (JSEL) was originally designed is a five-year pilot project to test a summertime literacy intervention as a way to prevent persistent summer literacy loss among struggling readers.

We served 12 schools in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Arvada summer 2017 and will serve all JSEL schools in 2018 summer.


We will be working with our partner

If your group, club or corporation likes to volunteer we need you.  Last year every week of the summer packing included families and children.  During the school year we pack every Friday with all ages. The Foothills Elementary school children are an important part of our weekly packing volunteers. We are training our community in SERVANT LEADERSHIP. 


Did you know? Students from low-income families are much more likely to lose literacy skills over the summer months than their affluent peers, putting them at greater risk of falling behind.

Click on the link above to see a JSEL story by Jack Maher, Jeffco Public Schools Media Specialist.
Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy (JSEL) was originally designed is a five-year pilot project to test a summertime literacy intervention as a way to prevent persistent summer literacy loss among struggling readers.

JSEL was launched in partnership with Mile High United Way and the federal Corporation for National and Community Service as part of its Social Innovation Fund, and included a portfolio of ten projects statewide seeking to increase reading proficiency among Colorado’s third-grade students.

The project began with about 400 kindergarten through third-grade students at four schools in eastern Jeffco  and and in its third year expanded to serve over 600 students in six schools and included 4th through 6th grade interventions.   During its 4th year the program expanded to school host sites, serving almost 1,000 students from over nearly 30 schools. Now in its fifth year, JSEL is being offered at 7 elementary school sites and is on track to serve hundreds of eligible students this summer.


  • Small class size (no more than 15 students)
  • Primary Instructors
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Informal Feedback Structure for Instructors allows for innovation in the classroom
  • Ability to group students by ability
  • Parent engagement and support
  • Wrap Around Service such as food and transportation
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Attendance Incentives
  • Programmatic Logistical Support

Originally designed as a school based model, the program shifted to a site based model this past summer. For three hours each day, over the course of six weeks each summer, students received the same high-quality instructional literacy block from trained classroom teachers as they receive during the school year.  Weekly Art, Music and/or Physical Education blocks were also offered as well as a half hour for breakfast before and lunch after instruction.

JSEL teachers receive two days of intense group training and one day of on site training. They also receive on going professional development and coaching and feedback from Instructional Coaches, but are not formally evaluated so they can take risks and experiment with new strategies and techniques. Teachers go deep with their planning and instruction and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from other schools as well as content specialists.  One teacher said: “This is a great way to learn new ideas and access more resources.  The low-stress environment allows us to be reflective about our practice and take what we learn during the summer back to our schools/classrooms for the coming school year.”

Research shows that it takes about 300 extra hours of literacy instruction for low-income students to catch up in reading and writing. Through JSEL, Jeffco’s most at-risk readers will get 360 hours of extra time before they reach third grade.

JSEL is working…

As part of the rigorous requisites of the Social Innovation Fund, independent program evaluations were required and reveal that not only did struggling readers maintain their literacy proficiency over the summer, most actually made literacy gains. In addition, the program shows significant promise of helping students overcome literacy achievement gaps by third grade, removing a major obstacle in their pathways to an on-time graduation.

The program is so successful that Jeffco Schools Foundation graduated from the local Social Innovation Fund after only three years due to our ability to demonstrate academic results and ability to replicate and scale the program within a school district. In our fourth year (2015) the Foundation partnered with the District to expand the program by 700% adding 24 schools for a total of 30 schools.

JSEL is getting national attention for bringing to a public school district  an effective program that prevents summer reading loss among low-income and struggling readers and providing a scalable, replicable program to help schools and school districts close literacy achievement gaps. The Foundation is now part of the Social Innovation Fund’s Knowledge Initiative to share our best practices and learning.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the  most recent report of the Summer 2014 program.  This report is the full evaluation of both impact and implementation data collected by researchers at APA Consulting.  For context and previous studies, Click here to download a PDF copy Year One (2012)  and Year Two Outcomes (2013)by the Buechner Institute on Governance at the University of Colorado-Denver. 

Applicants: Please report to the school site you listed on the application. If a letter was not received, a confirmation will be received at the school you selected to participate.

For questions about JSEL please call the Foundation office at 303-982-2210 so we can handle any inquiries.

JSEL staff should report to professional development and training Thursday, June 1st at 8:00 a.m. to the Golden Recreation Center.



Students from Campbell and Fremont will be joining students who attend Allendale Elementary in Arvada.

Dana Ziemba.


 This is the second year Arvada K-8 is hosting students, including students participating in the Jeffco Prosperity Project.  One of our largest sites, this school serves students from Fitzmorris, Foster, Peck and Lawrence Elementary Schools.


Glennon Heights is also serving students from Eiber, Belmar and Foothills Elementary Schools.

“Specials” at JSEL schools included art, music and gym, like this fun parachute activity.


Edgewater is in its fifth year of hosting students. Students from Lumberg and Molhom  will be joining Edgewater students at this site.

Attentive and well-behaived students asked Chavez questions, mostly about his uniform and badge.


Students from Deane , Lasley and Rose Stein will be participating at this site in Lakewood.

Sarah Lundie gives the kids a little cardio to get their brains going.


Stevens Elementary  is hosting students from Pennington, Vivian, Welchester,  as well as Stevens students.

Mrs. Gregson-Hershner .


This is the fifth  summer that Swanson is able to offer JSEL.

Applying for Free and Reduced Lunch Program

   Applying for Free and Reduced Lunch

2017-2018 USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines

In order to qualify for meal benefits your household income must be within the limits defined by the 2017-2018 School Year USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines. These amounts are gross income (before deductions). (Scroll to bottom of page.)

Total Family Size Annually Monthly Twice per Month Every 2 Weeks Weekly
1 $22,311 $1,860 $930 $859 $430
2 $30,044 $2,504 $1,252 $1,156 $578
3 $37,777 $3,149 $1,575 $1,453 $727
4 $45,510 $3,793 $1,897 $1,751 $876
5 $53,243 $4,437 $2,219 $2,048 $1,024
6 $60,976 $5,082 $2,541 $2,346 $1,173
7 $68,709 $5,726 $2,863 $2,643 $1,322
8 $76,442 $6,371 $3,186 $2,941 $1,471
Each Additional
$7,733 $645 $323 $298 $149

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. Jefferson County Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.85 (elementary) and $2.10 (secondary), and lunch costs $2.85 (elementary) and $3.35 (secondary). Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. The reduced price is $.40 for lunch.

*Students in all grades who qualify for reduced priced meals receive breakfast at no charge. Students in preschool through 5th grade who qualify for reduced priced meals also receive lunch at no charge.*

Complete one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all Jeffco students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. A new application must be completed each school year.

Here are answers to questions you may have about applying:

1. Who can get free or reduced price meals?
All children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF (also known as Colorado Works)-Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion) are eligible for free meals. Also, your children can get free or reduced price meals if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart (See below).

2. Can foster children get free meals?
Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.

3. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals?
Yes. If you have not been informed that your child(ren) will get free meals, please call the Jeffco homeless liaison at 303-982-1144 or the migrant coordinator at 303-982-9134 to see if your child(ren) qualify.

4. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

5. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply again later?
Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving SNAP, FDPIR or TANF. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced price meals during the time you are unemployed.

6. Whom should I include as members of my household?
You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.

7. What if my income is not always the same?
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month.

8. We are in the military; do we report our income differently?
Your basic pay, cash bonuses and any cash value allowances must be reported as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

9. My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to complete another application?
Yes. Your child’s application is only valid for that school year and for the first 30 days of this school year. You must complete a new application unless you have been notified that your child is eligible for the new school year.

10. I recieve benefits from the WIC program. Can my child(ren) get free meals?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please complete an application.

11. Will the information I give be checked?
Yes, and we may ask you to send written proof of the information you provide.

12. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?
Contact Lexi Kermani at 303 982-6916. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Beth Wallace, Food and Nutrition Serivces Executive Director, 809 Quail Street, Lakewood CO 80215-5509, 303 982-6748.

If you have any other questions or need help, call 303 982-6916. We will send you a letter when your application is approved or denied. Please retain the letter for your records.


Evan Smith, Manager of Technology Systems, Food and Nutrition Services

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

Sad But True – Children Who Hoard Food

Children Who Hoard Food

Jefferson County Colorado and all school districts have training on dealing with all types of trauma in the lives of their students.

DEFINITION OF TRAUMA :  a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury; an emotional upset

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs describes the basic needs that all human beings have and organizes those needs into five categories. Each of those categories of need is placed in the hierarchy; if the most basic need is not met, then Maslow’s theory proposes that none of the needs higher up in the hierarchy can be met.Image result

Learning and emotional growth are highly impeded and blocked by HUNGER needs.

We will over the next few months provide some thought provoking reasons why we must strive to meet hunger needs quickly.  We can ruin a child’s life and their family and relational selves.

Hoarding food is a common behavior in children who have been deprived of adequate sustenance early in life. It can manifest in many ways, including hiding food around the house, overeating to the point of throwing up, or becoming extremely anxious at having to wait for meals to be prepared. A child may also become very upset upon seeing someone else eating.
Although hoarding may be directly related to the child’s history with food, it can also signal difficulties with control and trust. Children communicate their needs through behavior. Hoarding may be a sign that your child does not yet trust that his needs will be met. It could also be an indication that he has micro-nutrient deficiencies and is craving foods that contain nutrients that his body is lacking.

Utilizing Ellyn Satter’s “Division of Responsibility” can help your child feel more secure around food. Satter recommends that parents decide what to eat, where to eat, and when to eat. Children can decide ifthey want to eat and how much to eat. Letting a child who tends to eat too much decide how much they want to eat can be hard for some parents. But keep in mind that children who are restricted from eating tend to eat more in the long run.

Hoarding behaviors should be discussed with your child’s pediatrician. In the meantime, the following suggestions may help the child feel more secure around food:

  • Stick to a predictable routine for meals and snacks (roughly every 2-3 hours for toddlers and preschoolers and every 3-4 hours for older children)
  • Don’t yell, threaten, punish, withhold, or reward with food. Don’t try to shame a child for the hoarding behavior. Threatening your child will never diminish or eliminate the urge to hoard food.
  • Don’t put locks on the kitchen cabinets.
  • Consider giving your child her own accessible food cabinet to store snacks that are hers and hers alone.
  • Let your child carry a snack in her backpack; it will give her security just to know it’s there.
  • Keep fruit out on the table during the day so your child knows food is always available.
  • Don’t eat off your child’s plate, even if he appears to be finished.
  • Remain calm and offer reassurances such as “there will always be enough.”
  • Help families you know come up with a life game plan to get to a food bank or get SNAP enrolled. We must love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

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