By Cory Phare , Amanda Schwengel
In a time of social distancing, a mission of service is keeping communities connected – and fed.
“Coronavirus or not, we’re committed to feeding kids around our neighborhood,” said Bob Bell, founder of Food for Thought, a Denver-based childhood-hunger-relief organization.
Last week, Food for Thought prepped and delivered 3,500 meal bags to Denver Public Schools-established food-access sites across the city. Those locations provide grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to children up to 18 years old, with other sites also offering dinner services.
Another location is under the Colfax viaduct (see video), where the group continues a longstanding connection to the Metropolitan State University of Denver community.
“Our partnership (with MSU Denver) is key to what we do,” Bell said. “And it’s not just what happened Friday – it’s what we’ve been doing for the last eight years together.”
In addition to practicing a distancing radius of 6 feet, the group is limiting crew size, issuing gloves and reducing its line configuration to two workers (instead of six). With the fluid situation, Food for Thought is conducting weekly check-ins each Monday to determine the best approach for the following Friday distribution.
This is occurring as grant-supported organizations providing critical services to already-underresourced communities are facing even harsher fiscal realities.
“The need for support right now is greater – not less,” said Michael Wray, professor of hospitality at MSU Denver and a member of the Food for Thought board of advisors.
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