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.  

Volunteers Needed

Together we  can greatly reduce hunger on weekends for students 

SIGN UP AT :  http://www.MetroVolunteers.com

We need help packing the weekend food sacks on Fridays from 10 to 11:30, delivering food sacks to schools on thursday and fridays at 11:00 to 1:00 , and picking up food at Food Bank of Rockies with our rented cargo van at 8 am and be done by 10:30.  Go to Metro Volunteers website and type in jeffco eats to send us email about your interest.

Together we can end childhood hunger on weekends. 

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.  

  http:// www.denverpost.com/2017/10/05/food-for-thought-weekend-meals-hungry-children/                   

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. www.240union.com         

 

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

 

jeffcoeats@gmail.com  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.

The menu is http://240union.com/dinner-menu/  and http://240union.com/lunch-menu/.  

 

 

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

303.271.6600   info@celebratejeffco.com

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