Metro State Offers Space for Volunteers Helping Feed Local Elementary Students

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Posted Tue, May 7, 2013

Metro's new hospitality building is located next door to the campus Marriott Hotel(Photo by Stephanie V. Coleman).

Metro’s new hospitality building is located next door to the campus Marriott Hotel. (Photo by Stephanie V. Coleman)

DENVER  — A large number of families don’t have enough food, and the Food for Thought organization in Denver is doing their part to help support their local families. For $4, students at Fairview Elementary and Columbian Elementary can receive a “powersack,” which includes enough non-perishable food to feed a family of four for two meals. The organization hopes to bridge the gap between federally funded school breakfasts and lunches, and provide students and their families food for the weekend.

            Since Food for Thought is a privately funded organization, donations and volunteers are crucial in keeping the them running. Recently, the organization gathered the most community votes and won a Walmart $20,000 grant.

“This grant will have a huge impact on our program and the children we serve,”  said Jeane Larkins, volunteer coordinator for Food for Thought Denver.

One hundred percent of all donated proceeds and grant money go toward purchasing food or materials to support the program.

Metropolitan State University of Denver partnered with Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club to help create Food for Thought in 2012. Metro has since donated space in their new hospitality building to continue hosting volunteers who assemble powersacks every Friday of the regular school year from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers usually put together a total of 600 sacks to accommodate the students eligible at Fairview and Columbian. The powersacks are then delivered by a volunteer truck service. However, Garden Place Academy is now also being serviced by Food for Thought, which means more volunteers will be needed for the coming 2013 school year.

There are three Fridays left of this current school year to get involved. Larkins said due to a schedule change, 1,200 powersacks will have to be filled Friday May 10, and volunteers are needed. There is also a need for volunteers who can perform heavy lifting to help deliver these powersacks as well. Both Metro students and the general public can volunteer their time to help and should contact Jeane Larkins for more information.

Information for Volunteering:

•           Must be at least 16 years old

•           Total volunteering time is 2 hours

•           Wear comfortable clothing and shoes

•           Free T-shirt for all volunteers

•           When: Every Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

•           Location: Metropolitan State University of Denver

 

•           Contact Jeane Larkins for additional info: 303-817-4672 or by email:volunteer@foodforthoughtdenver.org

 

About Stephanie V. Coleman

Stephanie V. Coleman is a creative writing student at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her interests include music, culinary arts, traveling, and sports.

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