Q1 Charity Vote Nominee – Food Bank of the Rockies Feeds Hope in Front Range

Citywide ConnectCitywide Banks’ next Charity Fan Vote for its $5,000 Quarterly Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place on Facebook from March 1-14, 2012.  Food Bank of the Rockies is one of five nominated charities featured in this quarter’s Fan Vote. The general public is invited to participate in the vote. Voters are eligible to win prizes in addition to helping raise awareness for their favorite Front Range charity.

Food Bank of Rockies - Citywide BanksWhen you see those heart wrenching TV commercials asking you to donate to the hungry children of Sudan or Haiti, it’s easy to think that hunger is an issue far away from our rocky mountain state. But the truth is that one in seven people in Colorado are food insecure (meaning they struggle to put food on the table every month).

Food Bank of the Rockies’ (FBR) mission is to end hunger right here at home by providing food to 1,100 hunger relief agencies in the Denver Metro area, the Western Slope, Eastern Plains and the entire state of Wyoming.

And in this economic downturn, FBR’s partner agencies have reported anywhere from a 10 percent to a 200 percent increase in people in need of food. “Sometimes it’s for medical reasons, sometimes it’s the loss of a job,” said Janie Gianotsos, Director of Community Relations and Marketing. “But in many cases our agencies are seeing people who are going to a food pantry for the first time.”

When FBR started back in 1978, they simply collected a few loaves of bread from Safeway and delivered it to one agency for distribution. Thirty years later, FBR delivered a record 39.4 million pounds of food in 2011, enough to provide 84,000 meals each day to children, seniors and families in need.

“The main mission of our organization ito procure food for our partner agencies,” explains executive director Kevin Seggelke. “Approximately 43 percent of the provided food goes to feed children.”

Their partner agencies range from small soup kitchens to large organizations like Project Angel Heart and The Salvation Army – any nonprofit group that helps people in need, explains Gianotsos.

If you would like to help FBR fight hunger you can give financially, volunteer your time, donate food or simply spread the word about their organization and special events. More information is available at www.FoodBankRockies.org.

When asked what they would do with $5,000, Seggelke was quick to note that every dollar they receive can be turned into four meals. “With $5,000 we’d be able to give 20,000 meals to the community that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide.”

Vote for FBR to Receive a $5,000 Donation in Facebook Vote 
Each quarter, Citywide Banks spotlights five Front Range charities to raise awareness about their great work, needs, and corporate giving opportunities. The charities are nominated by Citywide employees. Then, during a 14-day vote Citywide Banks - Charity Fan Voteon the bank’s Facebook Fan Page, customers and the local community select the most deserving charity to receive a $5,000 cash donation from Citywide Banks.  $500 and $250 runner-up donations will be awarded to the charities receiving the second and third most votes, respectively.  Our quarterly Fan Vote on Facebook is a fun way to get the community engaged in our campaign. Regardless of who wins the vote, all the nominated charities will get some valuable exposure.

Voters in Facebook Vote Eligible to Win Prizes
The public is invited to participate in the Charity Fan Vote at Facebook.com/citywidebanks from March 1 -14, 2012.  During the March vote, voters will have the option to be entered into a drawing to win one of several prizes, including a $100 gift certificate to Z Cuisine, $25 Starbucks cards, and more. 

How to Vote for Your Favorite Nominated Charity
Visit Citywide’s Facebook Page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks anytime and become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button. Then, from March 1-14, 2012, Fans will be eligible to cast their vote and be entered into the voter prize drawing.  Look for the “Charity Fan Vote” link on the bank’s Facebook page.  To access Citywide’s Facebook Page, you will need to make sure you are logged into your own Facebook account.  If you don’t have one, it only takes minutes to set up a new account and it’s free.

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