Area residents and organizations responded when Inter-faith Community Services sent out an appeal for assistance to meet the ever-growing number of …
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Area residents and organizations responded when Inter-faith
Community Services sent out an appeal for assistance to meet the
ever-growing number of requests for food assistance.
So Maria Pearson, Inter-Faith community relations director,
lined up volunteers Nov. 15 for a rare Saturday work day receiving
and sorting food bank donations.
About 1 p.m., the Miranda family backed their pickup up to the
door to unload the food they collected in their neighborhood to
help an organization they had just learned existed.
“We wanted to do something to help our community and when we
learned about Inter-Faith and their needs for the food bank, we
asked our daughter’s soccer team to help us do a neighborhood food
drive,” Cloressa Miranda said. “We went door to door for nine
square blocks and just about everyone helped us.”
Her husband, Vincent Miranda, agreed.
“We see what the economy is doing and know it’s hard on a lot of
people and we felt we needed to step up and do something to help,”
he said. “We didn’t want to sit on the sidelines doing nothing
while there were people who didn’t have food on their table. We
asked Angelina’s teammates to help us and it went great.”
Angelina, still in her Englewood Soccer Association uniform,
helped unload the bags of food.
“It was fun because we were doing something to help people,” the
6-year-old said. “It was nice and we collected a lot more food than
I thought we would get.”
The Miranda pickup pulled away from the food bank donation door
just as the Englewood Lions arrived with the items they collected
during the morning’s food drive at a local super market.
“We did pretty well,” Lion’s Club member Mike Flaherty said. “We
got quite a bit of food plus we got some cash donations and a food
gift card to do what we can so Inter-Faith can provide food for
Inter-Faith felt the pinch of the economy with an
ever-increasing number of request for assistance, fewer donations
and the fact the pressure came just before the organization’s
annual effort that provides the makings for a traditional
Thanksgiving dinner for several hundred families.
“We’ve set a record last month when 120 new families requested
assistance, 40 more families than the previous record,” Pearson
said. “Most requests were for food assistance. For example, the
food bank handed out enough non-perishable items in October to
prepare 22,140 meals in October. That is a new one-month food
distribution record for us.
“Fortunately, a number of groups have helped with food drives
but it seemed the food went out the door as fast as it arrived
here. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate help from individuals
and organizations like we got today. It’s great and the donations
we got will help us with regular food distributions and as we
prepare the boxes we’ll give out for Thanksgiving.”
She noted help has come in from a number of sources including
from food drives conducted by Sheridan schools, Boy Scout Troop 358
from Littleton and a Boy Scout Troop from Highlands Ranch.
The food bank is only one of many services provided for
Inter-Faith. To make donations or to learn more about the
organization, call 303-789-0501.
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