In June, we recognized Metro Caring, Denver’s Frontline Hunger-Prevention Organization, through a financial donation and volunteer work. Thier mission to provide nutritious food to hungry families and individuals while promoting health and self-sufficiency speaks to our own values of contributing positively to our ever-changing world and environment.
Metro Caring began working to fight hunger in 1974. In the following decades, they have grown to offer their Fresh-Foods Market, classes on nutrition and gardening, and job-training programs, financial literacy education and more. These programs aim to sustainably address the greater issues of poverty while providing agency and education to its participants.
According to the USDA, an estimated 30-40% of the United States food supply goes to waste. Understandably, these numbers have a negative impact on food security in this country. By partnering with local businesses, farmers, and gardeners, Metro Caring can provide healthy food that would have otherwise been wasted. This allows 72% percent of the 2.3 million pounds of food distributed by Metro Caring to be fresh. It also gives users of their Fresh-Foods Market the option to shop for free based on dietary and cultural preferences.
At shelter, we strive to honor our clients and community by assisting nonprofits like Metro Caring with our time and from our pockets. We do this in gratitude for the work that they do to improve the lives of our neighbors in need.
If you would like to learn more about Metro Caring, please visit their website at http://www.metrocaring.org/.