CES Food handout

Third grade teacher Elisa Galvan finishes organizing bags of fresh, local produce to hand out to CES students' families who are in need. The bags contain various produce and tortillas, while canned goods and snack items are also provided.

By Lucas Vader

Staff Writer

Every Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., staff of Cedaredge Elementary School is hosting something new.

With a partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies, it will have this set up until school returns. There, a couple members of CES’s faculty will hand out fresh produce, snack items and canned goods to families of the school’s students who are in need during this time. Drinks are generally included as well.

Last Friday, the hour was run by Elisa Galvan, third grade teacher, and Stacy Bliss, the school psychologist.

The produce was delivered by Farm Runners and consisted of fresh produce from local farms in the county and tortillas from Carbondale. All the produce came from community donations. Farm Runners has a pre-existing partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies and was therefore connected to CES’s project through that.

According to Galvan, Principal Daniel Renfrow reached out to the food bank in order to make this happen. With a list of student names, the faculty members of the week keep track of which families have done pickups that week and bring a full package out to the car in the drop-off zone.

Anyone is able to utilize this service if the family feels they are in need. There are no application processes or financial questions.

Anyone interested in utilizing this service can call the school for information at 970-856-3885.

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