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CCSD Board members coordinate partnerships with local food banks

A box of food bank donations. The entire Cherry Creek School District community is coming together during this unprecedented time of crisis to find innovative solutions to connect students with the resources they need to learn, thrive and succeed.

That includes members of the district’s Board of Education, who are reaching out directly to local food banks to ensure that students and their families have access to essential staples in the coming weeks. Board members, along with district administrators and staff, have coordinated deliveries and donations to local food banks that directly serve needy families across CCSD’s 108 square miles.

A full list of local food banks is available on the CCSD website here, and board members are working directly with these organizations to make sure they remain well-stocked with high-demand items like rice, beans, pasta, sauce and other staples. Board President Karen Fisher said that she’s been encouraging community members and neighbors to buy extra items during grocery visits to donate to food banks. She’s also said making a financial donation directly to a food bank can make a significant difference for families in need.

“My hope is that if people find something when they’re shopping at the grocery store, it can be a great way to help others. If you’re already going to be at the store, maybe you can pick up a little bit extra,” said Fisher, who has set up a donation box on her own front porch. “I knew that I had plenty of neighbors and friends who wanted to contribute. We’re all trying to spread the word; it’s something that, as board members, we can easily do.”
Fisher added that each of the district’s five board members are rallying support and making outreach in their own communities to spread the word about the importance of donating resources during this critical time.

In a letter sent to neighbors and community members, Fisher pointed out that food and financial donations to food banks serve as a way to directly benefit a large part of the CCSD community. Approximately 30 percent of the district’s 56,000-plus students qualify for free or reduced meals. She noted that “the economic effects of this pandemic will surely affect these families and many more.”

Food banks are specifically looking for high-demand items, which include canned protein (meats, nut butters), canned fruits or vegetables, soup and chili, pasta and rice, cereal and oatmeal, breakfast and nutrition bars, beans, cleaning and disinfecting supplies.

This direct work with the Food Bank aligns with the district’s “Breakfast, Lunch and a Book” distributions, which are taking place at 11 sites across the district, Monday through Friday. Visit the Cherry Creek School District website for a full list of times and distribution sites, and for a list of local food banks that are accepting donations and offering donations to at-need families.

Posted 3/24/20 at 2:30 PM