Fall 2004 Forward to a Friend

Of the more-than-300,000 people served by Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR), 42 percent are children. That’s why FBR created the Children’s Nutrition Network, comprising:
  • Denver Rustlers Kids Cafe – A business-sponsored coalition of church, school and community organizations providing meals along with tutoring, mentoring, gang-intervention and recreation programs in Denver’s inner city
  • Children’s Hunger Outreach – Specializing in providing food to several emergency and on-site hunger-relief programs with a child focus
  • After School Snacks for Tutoring – Cooperating with Denver schools and community centers to furnish nutritious snacks during after-school activities
The latter program is supported by a donation from Subaru, which established a relationship with FBR while organizing a food drive in Denver to mark Martin Luther King Day.

Last year, FBR served more than 5,000 snacks every week in its After School Snacks for Tutoring program. With six Denver schools participating, FBR’s next area of program expansion is into recreation and community centers, tying in physical fitness with nutrition.

Kevin Seggelke, FBR’s president and CEO, explains, “The city has about 20 recreational centers for kids. Some have swimming pools; virtually all of them have gymnasiums, a weight room, some kind of park program and computer tutoring or computer education rooms.

“All we do is provide a snack for the kids after school, a nutritious snack. Obviously, [teachers] like that because it helps the attention span and discipline of the kids.” Hunger can negatively affect behavior, test scores, attendance and, overall, students’ mental and physical development.

The continually rising demand for hunger relief doesn’t discourage FBR. Seggelke says, “We’re not naive enough to think we’re going to end hunger on our own. But we do think that we can, at some point in time, provide enough food for those who need it, that anybody who needs or wants a meal can find it and get it.”

Learn more at www.foodbankrockies.org.