9News donated $150,000 from the 9Cares Colorado Shares fund to the three Feeding America food banks serving the counties hardest hit by the flooding. Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, and Weld Food Bank, serving Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, and Weld counties, each received $50,000 for food procurement related to flood relief efforts.
“As our communities move to the recovery and rebuilding phase, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, and Weld Food Bank are preparing for the sustained food distribution that will be required in the weeks and months to come,” said Terry Tedeschi, Development Director of Community Food Share. “Thanks to the loyal and generous viewers of 9News, the three food banks will have the resources needed to ensure that those impacted by the devastating floods have the food that they need well into the future.”
Community Food Share, a Feeding America food bank, exists to ensure that no one in Boulder and Broomfield Counties goes hungry. Serving our community for over thirty years, Community Food Share distributes over 7.5 million meals (1 meal = 1 pound of food) annually, valued at $12.5 million. Food is distributed through a comprehensive network of fifty Member Agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and emergency food programs) and two Direct Distribution programs. Direct Distribution programs target specific at-risk populations, such as families with children on the Free Lunch program and low-income seniors. One out of every six people (1 out of 6) lives at or below 130% of the federal poverty line ($30,000 per year for a family of four) in the two counties. Approximately 60,000 people live at this poverty level (more than enough to fill Folsom Field), and more than 13,000 children are enrolled in the School Free Lunch program.