Thousands of rural community members are served through FBR’s Mobile Pantry program every week.
Tri-State is again supporting Food Bank of the Rockies through the continuation of a sponsorship of the agency’s eastern Colorado Mobile Pantry program.
With weekly food distribution sites in the eastern Colorado towns of Brush, Burlington, Haxtun, Holyoke and Sterling, the agency is successfully reaching individuals and families living in part of the heart of Tri-State’s service area.
“This is part of our community outreach, to be supportive of our distribution co-ops and their constituencies,” said Gigi Dennis, Tri-State’s senior manager of external affairs. “Some people in that area have to choose between food, medicine and electricity. This is designed to take some of the pressure off, by providing food to those in need.”
State-of-the-art refrigerated trucks haul nutritious food from Denver to distribution sites in eastern Colorado.
FBR’s Mobile Pantry program is helping to keep pace with the increased demand for food assistance in rural communities where partner agencies may not exist but the need is abundant. Last year the program distributed a total of 1.7 million meals to 25,359 people at 11 rural sites throughout eastern Colorado. FBR, whose operating overhead is just 4 percent, can convert every dollar it receives into four meals.
“Food Bank of the Rockies is grateful for Tri-State’s generous support of our rural mobile pantry program,” said Kim Ruotsala, chief development officer of FBR. “The partnership has a measurable impact as we work to strengthen and empower our communities.”
Community centers and churches post information about when and where local weekly distributions will take place. Families are able to fill a 40 pound box with canned soup and tuna, crackers, milk, yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, pasta, bread, frozen meat and more.
Later this month, Tri-State and the rest of Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are sponsoring their second annual charity golf tournament in Larkspur, Colo., with part of the proceeds also being provided to a number of food banks throughout rural Colorado.