Reducing Hunger in the Eagle River Valley of Colorado
In January of 2017, OCF convened and led a community gathering of 50 stakeholders to explore the extent of food insecurity and potential strategies for reducing local hunger.
Nearly 16% of Eagle River Valley residents live in food insecure households.
Our warehouse in Gypusm is the hub for mobile food distribution throughout the county to both families and partners that address hunger.
The Food Bank of the Eagle River Valley
OCF invested in the infrastructure required to establish the Eagle River Valley Food Bank as a scalable food security system that has the capacity to respond to immediate and long-term food insecurity needs.
OCF completed a soft launch of The Food Bank of the Eagle River Valley in December of 2017 with the distribution of over 3,000 bags of food to those in need.
The food bank will be the core service within a broader set of food-related services managed by Our Community Foundation
The food security initiatives undertaken by OCF are funded primarily by Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam, and a local family that wishes to remain anonymous. Substantial in-kind donation of food has been donated by Mitch Karlin, of Karlin Foods. Additional financial support has been provided by other generous unrestricted gifts to OCF, and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
If you have lived in Eagle County for a lifetime, or have picked this beautiful mountain community to call home, people demonstrate their value through giving of their time to enhance our community’s quality of life. Volunteering is a way of life in Eagle County. If you are interested in volunteering, we can connect you.
WE NEED YOU
The first step is to let us know of your interest, and then we’ll get started. We encourage your involvement and look forward to working with you. Call or email the Foundation to discuss volunteer opportunities.
Eliminating School Lunch Debt
Around the country, school systems routinely stamp the hands of children who are unable to pay for a lunch they have received from their school cafeteria – a humiliation to children and their families. When OCF learned of this, the organization immediately paid off about $4,000 in student debt owed by nearly 400 local families. We will continue to address this issue in 2018.