Broomfield FISH is ramping up to bring back the annual Stamp Out Hunger event to Broomfield residents on Saturday after a two-year break during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a release from FISH, Broomfield residents will receive a Stamp Out Hunger bag in their mailbox, which they can use to fill with non-perishable, non-glass food items and then leave in their mailbox for postal carriers to collect along their route.

Residents who live in a neighborhood with a community mailbox can leave food donations there rather than at the end of their driveway, according to the release.

According to FISH Executive Director Dayna Scott, this is FISH’s biggest food drive of the year, usually bringing in about 100 volunteers and collecting up to 40,000 pounds of food some years.

Hunger is a critical issue in the Broomfield community, according to the release. One in three people in Colorado faces food insecurity and 15% of children don’t have consistent access to nutritious foods, which is only being amplified by rising inflation, the cost of food increasing by 10%, soaring housing costs and the need for food assistance continuously rising.

Current critical need items include crackers, condiments, dry pasta excluding mac and cheese, cereal, toothpaste, cooking oil and baking mixes. Only items in their original packaging can be accepted.

“Your donations help ensure that all families in Broomfield have access to the food they need to thrive,” the release states. “In addition to the May 14 food drive, you can help Broomfield FISH feed families and fuel hope throughout the year by making a monetary donation, which allows FISH to tailor the food and assistance they offer to the specific needs of their participants.”

To learn more about this event or FISH, visit broomfieldfish.org.

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Sydney McDonald
2022-05-10 16:00:11
Boulder Daily Camera
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