> 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.


NBC Today Show promoting Kids Backpack program for Feeding America in Connecticut

Connecticut has a big program for backpacks and our program is much smaller today. Jeffco Eats is a program provider with Food Bank of the Rockies which is part of Feeding America network.  This article gives some good facts to consider.

Kids’ BackPack Program: Great, But Not Enough

24/Oct/16 / 17:41

by Bernie Beaudreau

Claudette Glassman has been the school nurse at Saving Community School for 19 years.

Claudette Glassman has been the school nurse at Savin Rock Community School for 19 years.

Claudette Glassman has been the school nurse at Savin Rock Community School in West Haven for 19 years.  I stopped to speak with her on Friday as we were in the school for a taping with a team from NBC’s Today Show promoting the Kids’ Backpack program for Feeding America.  The Connecticut Food Bank Kids’ Backpack program provides a packet of two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks every Friday for 3,300 school children in 111 schools in 22 school districts across the state.

“The need has grown over the years,” Claudette told me.  She was talking about the growing number of school kids in need of food assistance.  Claudette is part of a staff team that identifies children at risk for hunger on the weekends.  The packs are discreetly given to the children on Friday afternoons before they go home for the weekend.  As a key point of contact for kids with health issues or other problems, Claudette has a strong knowledge of the children and their home situations. She told me that she keeps a clothes closet with donated items or basics that she purchases using her own money to help children when she knows their families are unable to provide something like a winter coat or when a child might need a change of clothes during the day that families may not have resources to provide.


She told me of a little girl that came by asking for her backpack a day early because she knew that there would be little to eat at home that evening.  The little girl is here from Holland with her mother.  They’re undocumented and the mom had been unable to find work until recently.  But that work doesn’t pay enough to support the family.  Claudette says that, while the Kids’ Backpack program has been very helpful for 40 of the school’s children, it could easily double in scope and not fully serve all children in need.


Nutrition affects healthy development and educational outcomes for children. Conversations with Claudette Glassman and teachers at the school bear this out. Shana Limauro a second grade teacher at the school, told us that she can tell by their behavior and energy levels when her students haven’t had food in the morning before coming to school. She also noted that, by 2:00PM, her young students are starting to run out of steam and they rely on the fuel snack time provides to help them work well up to dismissal time at 3:20PM. Imagine what a day without breakfast, perhaps a substandard lunch and no snack might feel like for a young, growing child. It certainly wouldn’t make learning easy.


Savin Rock School has just under 500 students, 79 percent of whom are from low-income families, making them eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The school provides breakfast and lunch for these children, who often eat significantly less food or less nutritious food at home on the weekends. While the Connecticut Food Bank investment in the Kids’ BackPack program is considerable, that investment does not meet even half of the need at most participating schools.


We surveyed those schools in June and the responses indicated that the program is widely appreciated and most schools wish they had a larger allocation of backpacks because there are so many more kids in need.


As the Today Show team interviewed seven students receiving the weekly Kids’ Backpack support, we heard some of their heart-wrenching experiences with hunger at home.  One fifth grade girl

Savin Rock Community School students in grades two through five who participate in the Kids' BackPack program.

Savin Rock Community School students in grades two through five who participate in the Kids’ BackPack program.

said, “I feel really sad when mom tells us she doesn’t have enough money to get groceries.  Once we had some peanut butter but didn’t have bread to make a sandwich.” The same child talked about fishing coins out of ponds in parks and scavenging items left behind by people fishing in those ponds. That’s not how a child should have to find food.


We were all shaken hearing the difficult stories from these children, and gained a stronger appreciation of the importance of the Kids’ Backpack program for the kids and their families.  It is not a complete solution by any stretch.  But it helps children in a very direct and significant way.


But we must find ways to expand our reach and potentially offer more help to whole families. At the Connecticut Food Bank, we are looking at ways to go from Kids’ BackPack to Kids’ BackPack “Plus.” That “Plus” will be a more robust intervention to connect the families of children receiving a backpack with our broader network of food pantries and our Mobile Pantry, as well as other resources to lift them out of poverty and food insecurity.  The idea is that these families, connected to more help and tools, will no longer need a backpack for their child, allowing that food to be passed on to the next child on the waiting list.  So instead of only 40 kids at Savin Rock School getting the help of the backpack program, potentially 80 or 120 could receive this help in a given school year.


Bonnie Hutson, Savin Rock Community School Family Resource Center staff, left and paraprofessional Gaelle Frazer, right, distribute food packages to students.

Bonnie Hutson, Savin Rock Community School Family Resource Center staff, left and paraprofessional Gaelle Frazer, right, distribute food packages to students.

When you get close to the reality of child hunger in our communities and hear children talk about their hunger and how they worry for their families, it is hard to not feel anger that there is such deep poverty with so many families and children are deprived of our most basic need.  It makes you more determined than ever to find a solution.  Our Kids’ Backpack program is part of that solution, but we should not feel satisfied that we’ve done enough until school nurses like Claudette Glassman can smile and say hungry children in their school used to be a big problem, but not anymore.

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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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$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 

Thanksgiving has many faces

Since Spring 2017 we have made many friends at Jeffco Eats.  We have so much fun each week together and we also have people who come help with back pain and heart aches.  Image result for volunteering


In May we had a woman who is part of our Danish Sisters group come help pack 100 tote bags.  She was getting really hot and tired.  I saw the hour or so of packing was really getting to her.  To my surprise I found out she was 85 years old.  She had driven from Parker to come help us.  Thanksgiving has many faces.

On August 5th we had our first fundraiser at Golden City Brewery. We could not believe that over 150 people showed up to support the program work.  Of course, we had Eli Baumgarten on Keys !  A family came up to our table and said that they were teaching their children to give and to serve.  They believed that Jeffco Eats was just the type of cause they wanted to be part of. Image result for volunteering


Then there was little Ella who was our youngest volunteer for our summer packing of 450 totes at Glennon Heights Elementary every Friday this summer.  Ella is two and she held the plastic bag with her two little hands and her mom gentle dropped the seven items into her bag.  She did need a bit help when the last item went in.  Seven pounds of food was a bit heavy for her two year old hands.

Monica Cespedes was one of our first regular volunteers when we packed the tote bags at St Pauls Episcopal church which is our office location at 9200 W 10th Avenue Lakewood CO.  Monica is a very dedicated PTA leader for Eiber Elementary.  Her children would come many times during their summer vacation to help others.  During 2017 we have gladly observed that usually half of our volunteer work is done by children and youth.  Families always thank us that we are “family friendly” as a program.

We use Metro Volunteers website and program to help keep a steady flow of volunteers coming to drive and pack each week.  A volunteer registered with Metro Volunteers has expressed interest in one of your volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunity: Pick up Food at Food Bank of Rockies with our cargo van
Occurrence: 12/1/2017 8:00 AM

Volunteer information:  You can sign up at:  https://www.metrovolunteers.org/partner-portal/volunteer-opportunity-details/a0N4400000MrZFG

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.


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.  

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. 

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