Ideas for Teachers

Your Classroom Can Make a Difference

Want to Teach Your Students Learn About Hunger and Giving Back?
We’re Here to Help!

Often people think most of the clients receiving help at food pantries are homeless. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. Hunger exists in every county in Colorado and chances are someone you met today is worrying about having enough money to buy food.

The person who serves your coffee, cuts your hair, maybe even someone who works at your school…the face of hunger may surprise you.

Stats and Resources

Who Are The Hungry in Colorado?

  • 1 in 10 people in Colorado struggle with food insecurity
  • Children make up about half of the clients served through Food Bank of the Rockies.
  • More than 240,000 children lived in households that were uncertain about whether they would have enough food for their families.
  • 14% of clients are seniors, age 60+
  • 10% are living in temporary housing
  • 10% do not have access to cooking facilities or refrigeration
  • 70% have incomes at or below the poverty level
  • More than 60% choose between paying for medical care, housing, utilities, transportation or food

Classroom Tools

We hope you’ll find these tools and resources helpful.
If you have ideas or need something specific for your class, please reach out to us!

Take a tour of our facility!
We’d love to take your class, troop or group on an in-person tour! Reach out to us to schedule one.

If you can’t make it in to see us, you can show this video and help kids understand the size and scope of our operation. View the full screen version here.

Food Bank of the Rockies Classroom Tools

What About Food Drives?
We know how much you want to help and we want your efforts to do the most good!

While we certainly accept non-perishable food and essentials, food drives can actually be cumbersome and costly. Because we’re able to procure food at wholesale or lower costs, we’re glad you’re considering other ways to give back.

What Happens With Food Drives?

When food is collected, donors either go shopping and pay full price for food (or sadly sometimes donate old, unwanted food that is no longer safe to eat); they must take the food to the collection location; food is stored and then delivered to our warehouse or picked up by our drivers; every item must be inspected, sorted, cleaned if needed and re-boxed for distribution. Sometimes jars break, packages open and cans get dangerously dented, so some food ends up getting thrown away.

Why Is Money Better?
We can get 5 pounds or 4 meals for every dollar! Food comes in by the truckload from grocers, manufacturers, wholesalers, farmers and ranchers. Most if it is ready to distribute and requires less handling. Even a quarter can mean a meal to someone in need, so no donation is too small. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes to our food distribution program. We’re accredited by the BBB and have held a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator for 6 consecutive year, putting us in the top 2% of charities nationwide! We will use your donations wisely.

Virtual Food Drives are an Easy Way to Collect Funds
Your classroom or school can set up a Virtual Food Drive to collect funds.  You can even include contributions made in-person to your total.  Every dollar is the equivalent of 5 pounds of food and four meals. Learn more here or click the purple button at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for reading this and for considering creative ways to make a difference! We’re excited to learn how you decide to help and we’re here to assist with ideas that can nourish our hungry neighbors.

Start Your Virtual Food Drive Here

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Have Questions? Want to set up a tour? Please reach out to us, or 303.371.9250. We’re excited to work with you!