Thanksgiving food baskets

We are busy planning to provide children with food in double portions for the Thanksgiving and Christmas school breaks plus extra items to give them holiday meals.  As you make your holiday or Christmas list, will you pause just a moment and add some $25 dollar donations to help us in the reality we live for – to bring hope to our Jefferson county school children. 

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Our ein number is 46-5313137.  Perhaps your office wants to make a group donation ? Together we are ending childhood weekend hunger.

Help Is On the Way – October Jeffco Eats “news”

Word is out about Jeffco Eats.  We have schools calling us weekly to try and join our program to provide food for their students.  We were quoted in the Denver Post this weekend.  The article featured Food For Thought Denver and quoted Barbara Moore Executive Director of Jeffco eats regarding their great and increasing work.  


The nonprofit Jeffco Eats is a similar program that provides weekend meals to a large number of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals at Jefferson County schools, director Barbara Moore said.

“Many of our schools in Lakewood have over 90 percent free- and reduced-lunch populations, and we have 3,000 homeless children in the Jefferson County Public Schools system,” Moore said. “Many people do not know that government does not give children food on weekends.”

        We are having a FUND RAISER ON OCTOBER 18 at 240 Union Restaurant. Come for lunch or dinner and they will donate 25% of proceeds to Jeffco Eats.

Call 303 898 3562 for reservations.  Address is 240 Union Blvd Lakewood.         


We are only serving less than ten percent of the needs of the four cities title one schools we are targeted to help with weekend food.  We cannot do it without our neighbors donating.  


We are proud to announce that we were a recipient of a Community First Foundation Grant. We have a solid grant writing strategy in place in addition to events, corporate gifts and individual donations.  We will have a growing focus this Christmas and holiday season for donations.  To fund our target student school and student population  at $4 per tote is over a million and a half dollars.

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                                         Volunteering and Get Involved Ideas

  1. Packing totes with a group of 10 to 20 – Friday from 10 to 1130 at Foothills Elementary
  2. Driving truck to Food Bank of Rockies to pick up food. Friday 8 am to 10 am
  3. Events – host an event to raise money for food for our program – you can pick a school if it is near your church
  4. Volunteer coordinator – lead efforts to get volunteers
  5. Drive totes to a school each week on Thursday or Friday mid day.
  6. Grant writers and grant administrators  or Barb Moore 720 231 8337

Fall 2017 Schools We Now Serve

Here we are in mid September already and Jeffco Eats started bringing totes for weekend food to schools as soon as we got the go ahead from community liaisons at our schools

We are now serving Foothills Elementary, Emory Elementary and Lasley Elementary and Mulholm Elementary and Rose Stein in Lakewood.  Our only middle school is Everitt in Wheat Ridge and we get to help Edgewater Elementary again this year.  We also bring totes to refugee children at Green Mountain Elementary weekly.

The feedback from schools is heart warming.  We had a mother cry that she was so happy she could have our peanut butter because she keeps it in her car with bread in case the children get really hungry.  

We got much gratitude for our backpacks we provided to each student to use for their weekend food or other school needs. Thank you to those who donated so we could purchase those.  Families are asking about our program now that we are in our third school season of serving some schools.

For our Fall campaign we are having a fundraiser at 240 Union Lakewood on October 18 lunch and dinner.  We are also asking for donations to support our monthly needs to provide food for the 260 children each week.  Thank you for your support. Volunteers are needed.  

October 18 Fund Raiser @ 240 Union Restaurant

Treat yourself to a great lunch or dinner at the wonderful eatery 240 Union on October 18.  Michael Coughlin, owner has agreed to give 25% of proceeds to help feed hungry children in Jeffco.

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They open at 11 AM  and close at 10 PM.  This is our major Fall Fundraiser.  We serve eight schools in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater during the school year. In summer our numbers increase to over 12 schools.  

Reservations are recommended but not required.  If you could forward this to friends we would appreciate that kindness.



 Also, if you cannot make the lunch we could sure appreciate a small donation.  



EIN 46-5313137 


Appreciate our volunteers and supporters.  We could not do this work without you all.  Barbara B Moore  720 231 8337.



Jeffco Fair Sunday 10 to 6 come join the fun

Jeffco Fair Sunday 10- 6 pm come join the fun

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Come join the fun at our second fund raising event at the Hub area # 37 Jeffco Fair Grounds.  We are a green canopy near the bandshell area on east side near the Yogurt food truck .  We have an awesome prize wheel and are joined by Jovial Concepts.

Image result for prize wheelPressJefferson County Fairgrounds  –  15200 West 6th Avenue Golden, CO 80401


Jeffco Fair Sunday 10- 6 pm come join the fun

Come join the fun at our second fund raising event at the Hub area # 37 Jeffco Fair Grounds.  We are a green canopy near the bandshell area on east side near the Yogurt food truck .  We have an awesome prize wheel and are joined by Jovial Concepts.

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PressJefferson County Fairgrounds  –  15200 West 6th Avenue Golden, CO 80401


Starting 11:30 August 5 our first official fund raiser was off to a great start. Many thanks to Golden City Brewery and Pile High Burgers for donating ten percent of your proceeds. Many thanks to Eli Baumgarten our awesome live music for his donation . The Baumgarten family was fully engaged in hosting our event.Image may contain: 2 people, people on stage

Aden Baumgarten hosted our table for information about Jeffco Eats. He is quite a leader for a young man in junior high. Diana Baumgarten, social worker at Foothills Elementary is a right hand super star with Barbara Moore in launching Jeffco Eats to being fully funded so they can serve up weekend food totes to all the hundreds of students who want and deserve them.

Howie Baumgarten was our announcer during the day from 11:30 to 7:30 pm sharing the mission and vision of Jeffco Eats and facts about hunger among Colorado children.

We raised over $1000 dollars from donation by GCB and Pile High burgers and cash and paypal donations.  People were so kind and generous.  People signed up for our volunteering events also.Image may contain: 2 people

NEXT EVENT: August 10 to 13th Jefferson County Fair Grounds       

We will be at the JEFFCO FAIR AND FESTIVAL this week beginning Thursday evening through Sunday at 6 pm.  Come see us at The Hub – H 37 booth.  We will have a prize wheel and fun events for kids like making seed balls. We will be sharing vision of Jeffco Eats, sharing volunteering opportunities and fund raising for our ability to buy food each month from our partner Food Bank of the Rockies 

Our partners for the Jeffco Fair are Jovial Concepts, Uproot Colorado and Seeds of Change.  We are all involved in sustainable and garden education.

To empower under-served communities to thrive, by providing healthy food via sustainable, organic, urban agricultural activities.Kristina Welch Kristina Welch, CEO Jovial Concepts.

David Laskarzewski – Uproot Colorado

Dave was on the organizing team for Feeding the 5000 Front Range and is co-organizer of Food-1-1, a statewide coalition working to reduce food waste in Colorado. Before helping to organize UpRoot, he worked with purpose-driven organizations and startups writing and implementing creative and social media strategies

Mike Geddes

School Programs Manager MIKE GEDDES -Jovial Concepts 

Mike organizes the school gardens and clubs. As founder of Planting the Seed Project and his experience with OWL he is the perfect person to motivate kids to get involved in community projects.

With his Sustainability Studies Major and Environmental Design, Policy & Planning minor at Stony Brook University, Mike helped to develop a rooftop farm atop the university hospital. He has since bounced around gaining experience in organic farming, trail building, and environmental education. He is an advocate for developmentally appropriate outdoor education in public school.


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