Summer Food Program
All Grand County children between the ages of 2-17 are eligible for this program. MFC partners with the local libraries in Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur and Kremmling to distribute the Totes on a weekly basis. Participating children are typically enrolled in the free/reduced meal programs at school or have food insecurities at home. This program provides a “tote” bag filled with non-perishable food items. Grand County has just over 1,700 students. The Free and Reduced Meal Program enrollment ranges from 36% to 46% in Grand County schools. Individual donations fund this summer program.
Mountain Parks Electric contacted MFC in the fall of 2014 with the request to incorporate the Totes program in our neighboring community of Walden. Walden has 167 students with 68% eligibility for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Currently 55 students are receiving Totes. Mountain Parks Electric has covered the expenses associated with this good neighbor project.
MFC operates the two largest food pantries in Grand County. General operating covers the majority of these costs. However, local support from individuals and corporations also provides canned goods and the financial support needed to purchase food each month. MFC spends between $1,500 and $3,000 each month on food.
Hunger Relief Programs
Children who have food insecurities at home may choose to participate in this Food Totes Program. This program provides a tote bag filled with non-perishable food items to children to eat over the three-day school weekend. The program is open to children in grades K-12. MFC serves approximately 325+ children over the 37 week school year. MFC provides Totes to charter schools as well as both East and West Grand School Districts. Grand County has just over 1,700 students. The Free and Reduced Meal Program enrollment ranges from 36% to 50% in Grand County schools. Totes is funded by grants, one special event and individual donations.