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Food for Hope Featured on eTown Broadcast

Food for Hope was selected as the winner of the e-Chievement award on the nationally-syndicated radio show - eTown.  Each week the show features someone who is working to make a difference in their community, and this week they are featuring our organization!  Use the link below to listen online or find a local radio station that plays the show.  We were proud and honored to be a part of the talented team that produces this show.  Thank you, eTown!

Executive Director, Emily Stromquist, receives the eChievement award on behalf of Food for Hope.

Executive Director, Emily Stromquist, receives the eChievement award on behalf of Food for Hope.

Founded in 1991, eTown is a nationally-syndicated radio show heard weekly on over 300 public, community and commercial stations across North America and via podcast. eTown is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience, and features performances from many of today’s top musical artists as well as thought-provoking interviews and the presentation of the listener-nominated eChievement Award recognizing everyday people who have made a difference in their community or beyond.  Founders Nick Forster, of the legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize, and his wife, singer/actress Helen Forster host the show. 

Feed 8000 - 2016

The week before Thanksgiving our organization coordinated the distribution of 2,000 meal boxes and turkeys to local families in need.  Despite the unpredictable weather, we had over 300 volunteers come together to make this outreach happen.  We are thrilled to help the community by giving so many people the dignity and joy of having a full holiday meal at home when they would otherwise go without.  Below we have a slideshow and a short video summarizing the hard work, laughter, and dedication that made up these five days.  Enjoy!  Thank you to the MANY of you that sponsored boxes!

We would like ot extend a special THANK YOU to these sponsors:

Walmart Neighborhood Market - Thornton
Home Builders Services
American Furniture Warehouse
Colorado Contractor Solutions
ThornCreek Church
Legacy Christian Fellowship

 

The Schmitz Service Award

On Monday, September 19th we were privileged to present the inaugural Schmitz Service Award.  This award was inspired by our recipient, Dick "Papa" Schmitz, as he has shown exemplary service and incredible devotion to the mission of Food for Hope.   He began advocating our program before we even distributed one bag of food, and he continued on as the Volunteer Coordinator as we grew over the first two years in existence.  Children knew him in the halls of the schools and staff members often praised his commitment to delivering bags every week.  His connections to the community we serve indicates the passion he displays for helping children in need thrive despite their economic circumstances.  Dick is currently battling lung cancer, and the Food for Hope community is supporting him while eagerly awaiting his return to serving the schools he loves.

The Schmitz Service Award will be presented to one outstanding volunteer each year as a way for Food for Hope to recognize individuals that go above and beyond to improve the lives of local children.  Join us in congratulating Dick Schmitz on receiving this honor by sharing this post or recognizing him on our Facebook page!

Executive Director, Emily Stromquist, presents Dick with his award after a record breaking night of over 60 volunteers showing up to pack food bags.

Executive Director, Emily Stromquist, presents Dick with his award after a record breaking night of over 60 volunteers showing up to pack food bags.

Dick Schmitz is joined by Executive Director Emily Stromquist,  Food for Hope board treasurer, Daniel Graff, and Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams.

Dick Schmitz is joined by Executive Director Emily Stromquist,  Food for Hope board treasurer, Daniel Graff, and Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams.

"Food for Hope Attacks Student Hunger"

Check out the article about our program published today in the Northglenn/Thornton Sentinel!

Also, join us in celebrating a 2nd spectacular school year serving the Adams 12 Five Star school district.  We distributed 9,064 bags of food for children to take home on the weekends and 3,000 breakfasts to high school students needing some nourishment upon arriving at school.

THANK YOU to our volunteers and supporters for making these accomplishments possible.

 

Rungry 5K Results

Despite the chilly weather, we had a great crowd of people come from our community to participate in our 2nd Annual Rungry 5K.  The smiles and good attitudes from our participants made it an encouraging morning all around!  Congratulations to Lenny Archuleta & Kristy White for being our overall male and female top finishers.

See a full list of timed race results by clicking HERE.

<Photo Credit: Jennifer Fenske>

THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors, who also braved the weather and helped us host a great event.

Centennial Bank & Trust
Vista Eye Care
Lighten Up Fitness
Allegro Coffee Company
Advocare w Rebekah Conkright
LulaRoe with Jamie Goad
Appleooz
Juice Plus & Tower Garden with Melissa Roberts
Noosa Yoghurt
Save our Soles Socks

 

Denver Post Article on Food for Hope

The Denver Post wrote an article about the current status of our program.  Read it HERE!

It is amazing when our community liaison goes through the building on Friday and drops the totes off, the kids are so excited,” Taylor said. “We’re very grateful for this program — it’s had a big impact on our kids and families. The kids are more focused in class and they’re less worried about where their next meal is coming from. That’s absolutely crucial for these students.
— Grace Taylor - Principal of Northstar Elementary

2015 Year-In-Review

Dear Friends of Food for Hope,

The past year was filled with surreal moments as we met and surpassed our program goals for serving families in need.  We received our 501(c)3 status as an independent nonprofit entity in April, which allowed us to begin to pursue support from a larger range of resources.  

Highlights include:

· Providing a total of 5,158 nutritious food bags to children and their families over the course of the year.

· We served 276 children and their families at five different elementary schools each week!   

· Raising over $20,000 and organizing 200 volunteers to assemble and distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes and turkeys to 1,500 families in Adams County.

 WHAT COMES NEXT?

We are thrilled to announce that we will begin serving our SIXTH school in February of 2016.  The school was selected because it has the highest rate of need in the Adams 12 school district.  This addition will bring our weekly total of students and families served to 396!  We are also hoping to acquire a box truck this year to facilitate the transport of large amounts to food.  This purchase will ease the burden carried by our faithful and hardworking volunteers as they pick-up almost 2,000 pounds of food each week and then deliver the bags to our schools.  We also intend to feed our families for Thanksgiving again this year, expanding the number fed to close to 2,000!  

Words are not sufficient to express gratitude for the support of our partners.  Their generosity and involvement is making a large impact on the next generation of the Metro North Denver community.   I am excited to see what the next year brings!

 Sincerely,

 

Emily Stromquist
Executive Director