Grand County Sheriff’s Office mounts holiday food drive
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its second annual food drive for Mountain Family Center’s Thanksgiving Project on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 at City Market in Granby. In 2010, the deputies, sheriff support staff and their families gathered over two tons of food and $1,800 in grocery cards at the food drive. The foods and funds helped Mountain Family Center provide 80 Thanksgiving baskets and meals for more than 100 families, as well has helped fill the shelves at the Center’s two food banks.
“There are more families and individuals visiting the Mountain Family Center than ever before in our 32 year history of serving Grand County,” said Jill Korkowski, executive director of Mountain Family Center. “As we kick off our two holiday projects, we are grateful that the sheriff’s department is demonstrating its commitment to caring about our community through this important food drive. This will allow the Center to reach one of its goals – ensuring every family in need has access to the food they need to prepare traditional holiday meals.”
Families who may need help with their Thanksgiving feast may call the Center at 970-725-3257, or visit the Center to fill out the necessary paperwork. Or, visit the Center online at http://www.mountainfamilycenter.org and click on the “Holiday Projects” tab.
Throughout the food drive, deputies will take trucks full of food to the Mountain Parks Electric community room. On Friday, Nov. 18, volunteers and Mountain Family Center staff will gather to put together Thanksgiving baskets. These will be disbursed by the Grand County Sheriff’s Department and Grand Lake Fire Department to families who want a personal delivery.
Families that prefer to pick up their baskets from the community room may do so. West Grand participants may pick up their Thanksgiving baskets at the Kremmling Food Bank behind West Grand High School.
“Our goal is to provide meals for Thanksgiving Day and for the coming winter months. This project has become a labor of love for deputies and civilian staff,” said food drive organizer Corporal Burke Payne. “Last year was our first Thanksgiving Food Drive; we were humbled by the outpouring of support from the community. We all really enjoyed meeting our fellow citizens and interacting with them outside of our normal job-related duties,”
While traditional holiday meals are important, Mountain Family Center and the Grand County Sheriff’s Department realize that some families will struggle to feed their children during the week that school is out. Many local families depend heavily on the school’s free and reduced lunch program to help keep their weekly grocery budget low. Families are encouraged to visit Mountain Family Center or one of the other local food banks to ensure children stay well-nourished during the holiday breaks.
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