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Nonprofit launches Summer Food Program for Grand County’s youth

Reid Tulley
rtulley@skyhidailynews.com
Helen Sedlar
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

The Mountain Family Center, a local nonprofit that provides needed essentials to Grand County residents, has hired Helen Sedlar as the Center’s new executive director. “We are excited to have someone take the helm of the Mountain Family Center who brings such a strong connection to our community,” said Mary Bernard, board president for the Mountain Family Center.

Sedlar has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofits in Grand County holding positions at Kremmling Memorial Hospital District, the Grand Foundation, Grand County Rural Health Network, and the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Her expertise spans from fundraising, program development, and project management to special events and marketing.

Mountain Family Center’s main focus for 2013 will be to further develop existing programs, bringing more support to those in need, Sedlar said. “Our goal is to strengthen families and bring a vision for change from their current situation.”

Sedlar also hopes to drum up heightened awareness of the center’s programs and offerings so that the community is aware of the services offered by the Mountain Family Center and can direct people in need to them. Sedlar also hopes to be able to create new programs for children who face food insecurities and to provide more access to those programs to Grand County residents.

The Mountain Family Center offers a variety of aid services to those in need including: hunger relief, one-time rent/mortgage and utility assistance, health advocacy, holiday gift-giving and food baskets, resources and referrals, a weekend totes food program that will serve about 300 local elementary children during the upcoming school year, and Colorado Bright Beginnings, a program that focuses on teaching parents with children on how to be their kids first and best teachers.

New Summer Food Program

The Mountain Family Center will also introduce this year the Summer Food Program in Fraser that will allow children ages 3-18 to stop by Wapiti Meadows (Mercy Housing) every Tuesday and Thursday between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. for a free sack lunch picnic style, where the kids will be able to sit on the grass, catch up with friends, and get a bite to eat. The Summer Food Program will run from Tuesday, June 18, through Thursday, Aug. 29. The Mountain Family Center hopes to serve more than 50 meals each day through the Summer Food Program.

June is National Hunger Awareness Month and the Mountain Family Center will be conducting a food drive throughout the month with food totes located at U.S. Bank in Granby, the Granby Chamber of commerce, and each Grand Mountain Bank location (Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake, and Kremmling). The program will accept non-perishable canned food items at any of the tote locations, which will help to stock the shelves of the Mountain Family Center’s food banks.

The team at Mountain Family Center is dedicated to improving the lives of Grand County residents by offering services to help individuals and families become more self-reliant. “The staff is amazing,” Sedlar said. “We have a very strong staff and they are all committed to working with the community and other entities to provide needed services to our community.”

The Mountain Family Center is located in Hot Sulphur Springs and has been serving the county since 1979. To find out more information or how you can help the Mountain Family Center, visit mountainfamilycenter.org or call 970-725-3257.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334


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