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Key employees help fight childhood hunger

By Amy Thomas in Community Posted March 7, 2019

food-for-thought-key-volunteersFood for Thought Denver is working to eliminate hunger for Denver-area school children, and Key Equipment Finance employees recently joined the organization's efforts to sort food into "PowerSacks" that will go to children to help feed them and their families over the weekend. 

Food insecurity, by the numbers

key-employee-nisha-blas-food-gatheringOne in four Colorado families don't have enough food to meet basic needs, while 224,000 kids in Colorado struggle with hunger every day. 

The mission of Food For Thought Denver is to eliminate weekend hunger for children in the Denver area by providing food PowerSacks, which include 9 to 13 items that will feed a family of four two meals.

Food for Thought Denver targets schools where 90% or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch programs (income of a family of four is less than $29,000 per year to qualify). Because the organization gives every student a PowerSack, many of the barriers that traditionally interfere with distribution are removed.

Powered by volunteers

Food For Thought Denver is a 100% volunteer program, and Key Equipment Finance supports the organization frequently as part of KeyCorp's Neighbors Make the Difference commitment.

"We had a great time packing PowerSacks," said Vickie Bendele, who joined Key employees Mike Wood, Gretchen Johnson, Kip McCauley, Chambers Giblin, Nisha Blas, and Edin Kuses (group photo above) for the volunteer effort. The group enjoyed some friendly competition during their session. "Who knew we could make a race out of packing food? There was music, coffee, bagels, and plenty of fun to be had by all."
Vickie Bendele, Key Equipment Finance


At Food for Thought Denver, more than 100 volunteers each week help pick up, pack and deliver PowerSacks to the children it serves. It also provides a discreet food pantry at South High School. In addition, 100% of all donations are used to buy food for the program.


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