The Surface Creek Community Services Food Bank is a vital and reliable resource serving the nutritional health needs of valley families year round.
The nearly 40 volunteers who staff and run the food bank located in Cedaredge are preparing for the arrival of the colder weather and for the upcoming holidays. A major project under way now is preparing for the annual Christmas Gift Box campaign.
The food bank states in an information letter to clients and donors, "Our mission is to alleviate hunger for those in need in the Surface Creek Valley in a Godly and dignified manner."
The food bank is serving approximately 200 families each month and they may come to the bank once each month for supplemental food items with availability based on the size of the family. Qualification for assistance is based on family size and income, which needs to be documented.
When visiting the food bank on one of its two distribution days each week, there is a true sense of feeling for the heart and the people of the community. The food bank stands out as a wonderful example of many people working together for the common good of our community. Volunteers put in an average of 500 hours of service per month. It takes about 20 volunteers to run the food bank on a busy distribution day. The Food Bank serves about 200 families per month: approximately 560 individuals; 180 of which are under 18 years old and another 140 are over age 55.
There have been some improvements to the food bank operation recently. New office space was completed in January thanks to donations from New Hope Church. A $500 grant from Wells Fargo also helped with the project. A new computer has allowed records to be fully computerized with 400 families listed last January. Since then, another 136 families have been signed up
The food bank buys and receives food and related items from Food Bank of the Rockies in Grand Junction and has a "partnership" relationship with them.
Each week, volunteers drive from Cedaredge to Grand Junction in a pickup and a flatbed trailer to pick up items from Food Bank of the Rockies. The Cedaredge Food Bank also buys from local grocery stores and receives donations four days a week of bakery and dairy items from Safeway in Delta.
The local food bank was able to provide clients with lots of fruit and produce this year from local gardens and orchards due to the abundant harvest.
The food bank is taking sign-ups now for its Dec. 17 Christmas Gift Box distribution. Each Christmas Dinner box includes, but is not limited to, a turkey, ham, or a gift card to purchase meat of their choice, vegetables, fruit and additional fixings to prepare a complete Christmas dinner for each family.
SCCS continually shops for the best prices. Each Christmas Gift box takes about $38 to fill. Monies donated to help provide these Christmas boxes are deposited into a special account for accountability.
There will be a toy giveaway for kids again this year. People should call the food bank at 856-1125 for full information about the Christmas programs and the twice-weekly distributions that take place year round.
The Surface Creek Community Services (Cedaredge) Food Bank is an all-volunteer organization supported completely by church donations, and by donations from individuals, businesses, service organization, fund-raiser, food drive events and grants.
The food bank is supervised by a nine-member board of directors and is a certified non-profit 501(c)3 entity.
To volunteer, donate, or for other information, people may call Ken or Donna at 856-9692.