OUR FUTURE SUMMIT
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 Income guidelines are restrictive and outdated.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".