Metro State Offers Space for Volunteers Helping Feed Local Elementary Students


Posted Sun, Apr 28, 2013

DENVER – A large number of children are going hungry in this country, and the Food for Thought organization in Denver is doing their part to help support local families in need. Students at Fairview Elementary and Columbian Elementary can receive a “Powersack” each Friday, which includes enough non-perishable food to feed a family of four for two meals. Each school has 300 students between the age of three and 12 who receive these sacks. Each Friday, volunteers put together 600 sacks, and they are all delivered by a volunteer truck service.

The goal for this organization is to bridge the gap between federally funded school breakfasts and lunches during the week and provide students and their families food for their weekend. A portion of the organization’s mission statement says, “By providing nutritious food to students and their families, we strive to increase children’s health, wellbeing and learning abilities. We are helping the entire family be successful, which can have an incredibly positive and far-reaching impact.”

Metropolitan State University of Denver partnered with Food for Thought and donated space in their new hospitality building to host volunteers to assemble sacks every Friday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Food for Thought is a privately funded organization. One hundred percent of donated proceeds goes toward purchasing food or materials to support the program. Metro students and the general public can volunteer their time to help pack the sacks.

Requirements for Volunteering:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Total volunteering time is 2 hours
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • 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

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One Response to “Metro State Offers Space for Volunteers Helping Feed Local Elementary Students”

  1. Davy Says:

    Good job repoting. Lots of helpful info and nicley organized sidebar.


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