LIFT-UP HUNGER RELIEF PROGRAMS

LIFT-UP operates multiple food pantries and mobile food distributions from Parachute to Aspen, one thrift store location in Rifle, and two extended table dinner locations (Rifle and Glenwood),

Hunger has no boundaries. It affects millions of children, seniors, and households in communities across the country. That’s why LIFT-UP has programs to reach children, seniors, and families no matter where they live or spend time. At senior centers or schools, in the city or countryside, LIFT-UP hunger relief programs get food to people where they are and when they need it most.

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LIFT-UP's FARM TO FOOD PANTRY initiative commenced in 2019 with the goal of improving access to healthier and culturally diverse food  choices for our clients.  

 

Growing our F2FP program supports our entire economic system that supports our local-based food systems.  Your support provides the sustainability needed for LIFT-UP to improve healthy food offerings from local small-scale farmers and increases the quality and variety of nutritious foods in our Food Panties; 

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LIFT-UP Food Pantries and Food Distributions provide no-cost groceries and the money saved can be spent on other necessities of life. Many families in our valley  are considered “working poor”. In spite of working multiple jobs, they still have difficulty making ends meet. What is most important is meeting clients’ needs as generously as your budget allows. LIFT-UP's Food Pantries are a community funded and supported program that collects and safely stores food and household products for free distribution to low-income and food insecure clients. 

LIFT-UP prepares pre-packed grocery boxes full of healthy foods or clients may shop farmers' market-style and choose the items they want.   We provide meat, fruits and veggies, dairy, bread, and ingredients for easy meals. We also offer personal care items like laundry detergent or soap through to dog and cat food. 

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The Extended Table (soup kitchen) has been a vital part of LIFT-UP’s programs for the past 23 years. After its launch in 1995 by members of The Glenwood Mennonite Church, with support from other area churches,The Extended Table was brought under the umbrella of LIFT-UP right from the beginning to make it a community service that would not be associated with with any particular church or individual, and to provide a channel for people to donate to the outreach.

The soup kitchen’s main aim is to feed the people who don’t afford to buy food. As part of social service, fighting hunger, eliminating hardships for the people facing; the soup kitchen is dedicated to preventing hunger for the destitute people. The soup kitchen is funded by donations from rich people, bighearted individuals, institutions, the government department, local churches, non-profit organizations, and other organizations.

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The Meal Monkey lunch program was created when the Garfield County RE2 School District went to a 4-day school week resulting in no school on Fridays. Many students rely on school provided meals, consequently with no school on Fridays, these children have limited access to food over the three non-school days. LIFT-UP, in partnership with the RE2 School District, Food Bank of the Rockies and the River Center provide meals on Fridays throughout the year at no charge to children (18 & under) in key locations in Rifle, Silt and Newcastle.

Millions of children in the United States today don't get the healthy food they need. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, projections show that 1 in 6 kids could face hunger - a staggering figure.

During a regular school year, we can reach many of these children with programs like free breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals. But during the summer, when schools are closed, those meals disappear. Now, with the coronavirus closing schools early, the threat is even greater.

More families may need help these days and knowing where to find help can be hard. The best way to help is by sharing information with your neighbors about how their children can get free meals during the school year. If your family uses programs like these, share your story and let people know it’s okay to need help sometimes.