Fifteen more tons of food were raised this year than in 2009 by the 10th annual Arc Thrift Stores “Feed Colorado” drive. More than 127 tons of food was brought in, Arc says in a news release.
Arc will deliver the non-perishable food to Volunteers of America’s City Harvest Food Bank in Denver on Saturday. This enormous shipment will require nine semi-trucks and will go to more than 75 local food banks and shelters at no charge.
The need for food is staggering: 17,000 households in Colorado are food insecure. The current economic climate requires more donations to assist the growing number of hungry families throughout the Colorado Front Range. “We thank everyone who participated in this year’s drive. We are proud to serve the community and families in need by providing VOA with the single largest food donation for the year,” said Lloyd Lewis, President/CEO of Arc Thrift Stores.
Arc Thrift Store’s call center employees spearheaded the six-week food drive. As they made their usual calls for donations of clothing and household items, they reminded donors that they could also donate food items to the Volunteers of America. With this simple suggestion, over 70,000 households participated in the drive.
Thousands of other people participated by dropping off non-perishable food at Big O Tires, Papa John’s Pizza, Belfor Restoration, Steve Casey's Four Seasons RV, Colorado Capital Bank and Avocet Communications.