News & Views from Food Bank of the Rockies
Food Bank of the Rockies

March 2022




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The Unequal Impact of Hunger on Communities of Color

While we’ve all been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) have felt the weight especially acutely. The additional economic hardships caused by COVID-19 add to the systemic barriers already in place that prohibit BIPOC communities from thriving. This unequal impact can be seen in the levels of food insecurity experienced by BIPOC communities within our 53-county service area.

The U.S.Census Bureau found that the overall poverty rate in the United States in 2020 was 11.4%. That’s high, but nowhere near as severe as the levels of poverty experienced by Latino, Black, and Native American communities. For these groups, poverty rates were 17%, 19.5%, and 24.9% respectively. In comparison, the poverty rate for the non-Latino white population was 10.1%.

Among the many negative effects caused by living in poverty is food insecurity, defined by Feeding America as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.” For some people, food insecurity can be temporary, as it might be for individuals who lost their job during the pandemic. For others, it is an ongoing, painful reality.

To learn more about the stark correlation between poor economic conditions and food insecurity across the U.S. and in our service area, continue reading.


“Being part of the community and helping the community out is probably my favorite part [of volunteering]. It's awesome meeting the people, too. Some of them really have an interesting story to tell.” - Sue, a volunteer with EverGreen Boxes™, a program of Everyday Eats

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The New Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center

Food insecurity rates continue to rise across the Western Slope, which is why we are building the new Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center. Learn more about how this will impact our mission and how you can join us in this important step.

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Partnering to Feed Older Adults On the Western Slope

Later this year, Meals on Wheels Mesa County will join us in our new Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center. The 84% larger facility will allow them to increase meal production, reduce food waste, and better serve the older adult population.

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The Smart Way to Give

If you are 70-and-a-half years old or older, you can donate to Food Bank of the Rockies from your IRA. Your gift counts toward your required minimum distribution, but does not count as taxable income. You can donate any amount up to $100,000 per person per year. To make your gift, contact your advisor or plan administrator. Learn more about smart ways to give at

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