Moderator: Don Parsons, M.D.                                                                                                       Attendees: 32


Hunger in the High Country, Community Roundtable

Thursday, September 10, 2009: 7-9 pm

Don Parsons suggested a coalescence of direction by evening’s end, one that starts with diagnosis and ends with vision. Living in a more affluent county, Howard Hallman suggested education and proposed the question, “what’s under the radar?”  Sandy Briggs foresees a synergy of thought and action.

Diagnosis: Rob Murphy of FIRC reported that the food bank is full and stocked. 50% of the present recipients are first time users. FIRC is up 3-400% over this time last summer. Food Share America is coordinated locally by FIRC (food co-op program). At Tuesday’s Community Dinner served at the Elk’s Lodge, Deborah Hage of Rotary has served 5000 meals in 6 mos. One-third of the recipients are children. The emphasis is on a healthy plate & community. Dinners at Father Dyer’s draw woodsies, ski-workers, & individuals. Nancy Shockey reports 100 visitors/mo. at the church’s food bank. Jude Mitchell & Mike Kermode of Dillon Community Church report the food bank rec’d 2400 visits since August. Food rescue programs aid the food supply. Ali Lufkin of St. George Episcopal in Leadville reports the same increase of need; by location, Leadville is not easily served by larger food delivery programs.  Andrew Coonan of Food Bank of the Rockies serves as a coordinator & partner with (national) markets and restaurants to develop insurance & safety guidelines for food procurement. Prevention of health risk and liability of packaging/transporting foods are of foremost concern. Mike Hammes, Food & Beverage Manager at Keystone, Vail Resorts, serves 3000 employees as well as tourists. As a large business, they want to contribute to the welfare of the community; yet, anytime prepared foods leave the door, there is risk. Good Samaritan legislation would aid the participation in larger-scale food programs.

Joanne Sprouse of SC Social Services reports the caseload for food assistance is up 80% over same qtr. in 2008 (400 cases now). Income guidelines are restrictive and outdated. Social Services is seeing more white-collar workers. Park County (Amy Flint) has 800 cases. People move to resort towns for jobs even as job numbers have decreased. Reps from Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties report the same need. $1.00 supplied in food stamps generates $1.80 in economic activity.

Vision: Kathryn Grohusky of SC Community & Senior Center presented Mountain Meals, an expansion of delivered meals to the homebound. Tom Rose & Joanna Rybak of SPA highlighted Live Well CO, the bi-lingual cooking show on SCTV, Silvana Gardens, and greenhouses at the Senior Center. Bo Tomlyn, Tom Castrigno, & Dr. Justin Pollack serve as food educators. Our “fast-food nation” has added to our vocabulary of diseases. Ideas: eating colorful vs. beige, ease of food-drop off for food banks. Kathy Underhill of the Daniels Fund in Denver encouraged attendees to apply for grants. They fund food pantries, on-site programs, nutritional education, & gen’l operating costs. Sandy Briggs & Assistant Co. Mgr/Care Council, Steve Hill, along with SC Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier, look to provide a network of dialogue among those with tonight’s common interest of “Hunger n the High Country".

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