Grand County Blues Society to stage food drive concerts |

Grand County Blues Society to stage food drive concerts

Our Generation will perform on Nov. 15 at The Foundry in Fraser. The event will raise food donations for the Mountain Family Center.
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Nov. 7

Food Drive Concert

Smokin’ Moe’s – 7 p.m.

Nov. 13

Hearty Soups for Empty Bowls

Fraser Valley Elementary – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Nov. 14

Food Drive

City Market

Nov. 15

Food Drive

City Market

Food Drive Concert

The Foundry – 7 p.m.

The Grand County Blues Society in conjunction with the Mountain Family Center Food Bank will hold two concerts to collect donations for the food bank.

Artist Brandon Santini will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at Smokin’ Moe’s. The cost of entry is $10 or an equivalent non-perishable food donation.

Then, teen bands Paradox and Our Generation will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Foundry. Entry is free with a non-perishable food donation.

“I’m hoping to attract the teenagers in big numbers,” said John Catt with the Grand County Blues Society. “They can just take over The Foundry on the 15th and have a night of their own.”

The food will go to the Mountain Family Center, which provides hunger relief among other services to residents in Grand County.

“We definitely wouldn’t be able to meet the need of the individuals and families coming in for food support if it wasn’t for the community helping us with food drives,” said Helen Sedlar, Mountain Family Center’s executive director.

Some of the food will go to the center’s backpack program, which provides more than 300 children with snacks to get them through the weekend every Thursday.

Around 40 percent of elementary school children in Grand County are eligible for free and reduced meals at school, Sedlar said.

The center needs donations now more than ever, Sedlar said. Since moving from Hot Sulphur Springs to Granby, Mountain Family Center has seen a 30 percent increase in the number of people seeking assistance from the center.

“What I’ve seen with us moving to a more central location we’re definitely more accessible, so that’s where we’ve seen the 30 percent growth,” Sedlar said.

Mountain Family Center also distributes coats and shoes to those in need. Sedlar said the center accepts gently used coats and shoes.

Granby Ranch will offer a free lift ticket for a bag of non-perishable food items on Dec. 13.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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