The Joy of Giving Hits Home for Arc Thrift Stores and KMGH Television

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11th Annual “Feed Colorado” food drive brings in 140 tons of food for Volunteers of America, City Harvest Food Bank.

The 11th Annual “Feed Colorado” food drive by Arc Thrift Stores brought in ten more tons of food than the 2010 drive. Arc Thrift Stores and KMGH Television delivered 140 tons of non-perishable food to Volunteers of America’s City Harvest Food Bank on Saturday, June 18, 2011. This enormous shipment will require ten semi-trucks containing 189 pallets for delivery. VOA’s City Harvest Food Bank distributes food to over 75 local food banks and shelters free of charge.

The current economic climate requires more donations to assist the growing number of hungry families throughout the Colorado Front Range. “Our food drive has doubled in size over the past five years and we thank everyone who donated food to this year’s drive. We are grateful to be able to provide families in need with food,” said Lloyd Lewis, President/CEO of arc Thrift Stores.

Arc Thrift Store’s call center team spearheads the six-week food drive. As they make their usual calls for donations of clothing and household items, they remind donors that they can also donate food items to the Volunteers of America. With this simple suggestion, over 70,000 households participated in the drive.

In addition, KMGH television, Big O Tires, Steve Casey’s Four Seasons RV, Belfor Restoration, Papa John’s Pizza, TCF Bank and the Crazy Merchant accepted donations at their locations. This donation is the single largest donation of food received by Volunteers of America and a great example of one nonprofit helping another.

About arc Thrift Stores: Arc Thrift Stores operates 19 thrift stores throughout Colorado and provides funding to Arc Chapters, which in turn provide advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Arc Thrift Stores is one of the largest employers of individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado.

About VOA: Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization that is dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. In Colorado, the Volunteers of America administers 30 different human service programs in addition to subsidized housing and health care. The Volunteers of America Colorado Branch helped over 200,000 individuals during 2010 including the frail elderly, at-risk youth, victims of domestic violence and homeless individuals and families. To learn more about the Volunteers of America, visit


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Lori Sutorius Jones
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