1 in 7 Colorado seniors have to choose between buying food and paying bills. Arc Thrift Stores, Volunteer of America and 7NEWS are kicking off the “Feed Colorado” food drive and Meals on Wheels will be one of the major beneficiaries.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) April 10, 2015
As the population ages, hunger in our senior community is a growing concern. 1 in 7 Colorado seniors have to choose between buying food and paying bills. In addition to budget concerns, challenges with transportation, functional limitations, or health problems also contribute to the problem. Arc Thrift Stores, Volunteers of America and 7NEWS are kicking off the 15th annual “Feed Colorado” food drive and Meals on Wheels will be one of the major beneficiaries.
Last year a record 170 tons of food was collected. “This food drive is a collaborative effort and significant to the Volunteers of America and the beneficiaries they serve. In the past this has been their single largest donation of food and with community support, it can be again.” stated Lloyd Lewis, President/CEO, Arc Thrift Stores.
Coloradans are very generous, but also very busy. One of the keys to the success of this food drive is how easy it is to participate, with drop-off or pick-up options.
There are three easy ways to donate now through April 30, 2015.
1. 1-800-283-2721 to schedule a free pick-up.
2. Convenient drop-off at more than 50 locations across the Front Range including: 7NEWS, Avocet Communications, Arc Thrift Stores, and at 9 different Colorado Breweries. Visit http://www.ArcFeedColorado.com for an entire list of drop-off locations.
3. Schedule a pickup online at http://www.arcfeedcolorado.com/schedule-a-pickup.html or http://www.arcthrift.net
Items needed include non-perishable food such as rice, beans, pasta, peanut butter, canned goods (veggies and fruit), soup, cereal and juice.
As Arc Thrift Stores team members make their usual calls for donations of clothing and household items, they remind donors that they can also donate food. With this simple suggestion, over 100,000 households participated in the drive in 2014.