Food Bank of the Rockies

April 2024


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New Numbers Highlight the Increasing Need in Our Region

Dear Food Bank of the Rockies supporters, 


You’ve heard us share this a lot this past year, and recent data compels me to share it again: the number of community members in our region who are experiencing hunger right now is alarming. Across Colorado, attendance at our mobile pantries has increased by over 80% compared to one year ago. In just the Western Slope counties we support, we’re seeing a 190% increase — that’s nearly triple the number of neighbors needing food, many for the first time. 

And that’s just our mobile pantries. Compared to last year, a third more community members across Colorado are actively seeking out and using our Find Food tool to locate hunger-relief organizations close to them. That means our partners are also experiencing an influx of people needing food and scraping together whatever resources they can to meet that need. 

I share all of this with you not to evoke feelings of hopelessness, but to spur you to join us in taking action to lessen the burden of hunger for our neighbors. Yes, the challenge is real. Yes, the reality for many of our community members is humbling. But it is also true that together, we can make a difference. 

Your support not only helps; it makes all the difference. Our FEED365™ monthly donors ensure Food Bank of the Rockies has the funds necessary to show up for our communities every day, all year long. The dedication and hard work of our volunteers adds up to the equivalent of more than 60 full-time employees every year and is the fuel that keeps Food Bank of the Rockies running. Every dollar, every hour, every person: this is how we ignite the power of community to nourish our neighbors. 

Whatever and however you support Food Bank of the Rockies, thank you. We can only be there for our community thanks to you.

With gratitude, 

Erin Pulling

President and CEO  

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“My students and I love volunteering for Food Bank of the Rockies. It’s such an absolute ‘touch the community’ opportunity. The cost of food is so high here that the vegetables and fruit we get from the Food Bank — it’s like gold. It’s such a help.”

 – Katie Facklam (R), Pinedale High School art teacher, and one of her students, Hannah Stone; volunteers at the mobile pantry in Pinedale, Wyoming

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