Imagine Not Knowing Where You’ll Find Your Next Meal.
Sadly, many of our neighbors don’t need to imagine. 1 in 7 Coloradans worry where their next meal will come from. These are people you meet every day- those with low wage jobs, children, seniors on fixed incomes, those with health issues. Surprisingly, the homeless represent only 10% of our food recipients. Nearly half of the food we distribute feeds children.
Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Colorado. Founded in 1978, FBR was known as the Colorado Food Clearing House. Operating from a 900-square-foot schoolroom in Northwest Denver, the fledgling organization collected bread from a nearby Safeway store, our first food donor, and distributed it to Little Sisters of the Poor, our first partner agency.
Today, FBR has extended its reach across Northern Colorado, providing food and supplies to more than 800 hunger-relief programs. Since 1978, FBR has provided nearly 571 million pounds of food to our member agencies, which translates to nearly 476 million meals for people in need. Last year, we distributed 53.2 million pounds of food, enough to provide more than 121,000 meals each day to children, seniors and families in need. FBR is a member of Feeding America.
FBR has a staff of 112 employees at warehouses in Denver, Wyoming and the Western Slope. Additionally FBR has a pool of more than 12,000 volunteers, who last year donated 131,900 hours of time – the equivalent of 63 full-time employees!
We run an efficient organization, using less than 4 cents of every dollar for administration. 96 cents of every dollar contributed goes towards food distribution. And every dollar we receive provides four meals for our hungry neighbors.
Food Bank of the Rockies is a BBB Accredited Charity and has earned a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.
FBR’s Board of Directors, a group of dedicated men and women, volunteer their time and expertise to oversee all areas of the operation.
The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout Colorado.
The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of those it serves.
Since its founding more than 30 years ago, the organization has earned state and national recognition for its integrated healthcare, housing and service programs.
The Coalition’s comprehensive approach addresses the causes of homelessness, as well as the consequences, offering critical assistance to over 15,000 individuals and families each year.
Our Philosophy of Service
We believe all people have the right to adequate housing and healthcare. We work to remove the barriers that restrict access to these rights. Society benefits when adequate housing and healthcare are available to everyone.
We create lasting solutions to homelessness by:
1. Honoring the inherent dignity of those we serve, affirming their capabilities and fostering their hope that a better life is possible.
2. Building strong, caring communities through the integration of housing, healthcare and supportive services;
3. Advocating for social equity and challenging the status quo on behalf of the individuals and families we serve;
4. Achieving excellence through continuous quality assurance, innovation and professional development; and
5. Using resources judiciously and effectively.
Beneficiary for the Snowman Stampede
Fetal Health Foundation
A portion of each entry fee into the Winter Distance Series will be donated to The Fetal Health Foundation. The Fetal Health Foundation’s mission is to provide support, information, fund research, increase awareness and be an outlet for leading medical information pertaining to fetal distresses and syndromes. They are all about arming families with information to save their baby’s lives.
Aligned with some of the world’s leading fetal medicine centers, Fetal Health has been organized to provide accurate and factual information for families dealing with syndromes such as Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, Acardiac Twinning (TRAP sequence), Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS) and Fetal Lower Urinary Tract Obstruction. Fetal Health is about HOPE. No family should ever be left without hope.
Thousand of pregnancies are affected each year, but many go undiagnosed and/or untreated. On average 15 babies die each day from the affects of these syndromes. Some may have been saved with proper diagnosis and treatment. Twice as many babies die from TTTS and other fetal syndromes than from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome); yet more people are aware of SIDS. Upon diagnosis families often struggle with not knowing or knowing little about their diagnosis, they feel alone in their search for information, help and support. Fetal Health is here for them.