DENVER – Food distribution through the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea Coalition Organizing for Health (GES) will be available again this week in Denver on the Wonderbound campus on E. 40th Avenue.
In a joint statement, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the food distribution will take place on Friday from 10am to 2pm or until supplies run out. The mayor will be present from 10 a.m.
Items to be distributed include grocery boxes, baby diapers, baby food, pet food, face masks, and hand sanitizer. Participants can also sign up for the SNAP benefits and register to vote and win a KS 107.5 competition.
Christian Jimenez, assistant director of public relations for the Denver Mayor’s Office, told Patch that other items such as feminine hygiene products and razors are also available for those who need them.
On Friday, the mayor’s office will also donate 100,000 face masks to small nonprofits across the community. The masks will then be donated to small businesses, churches and residents in need of face coverings, Jimenez said.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Brotherhood will also be on hand on Friday to help residents register to vote, the deputy director said. Since the initiative began, the brotherhood has registered an average of 30 to 50 first-time voters per week.
The GES food donation setup also offers residents coronavirus tests and free flu shots, he said.
The fundraiser started in April, Jimenez said. In its first month, 100 boxes of products were donated. Now the website offers around 60 tons of groceries every week – including meat, dairy and snacks, lunches and breakfasts for kids.
In total, over $ 1.5 million worth of food was donated to families, representing nearly 2 million servings.
“It was an incredible opportunity to serve our residents in this capacity,” said Jimenez.
Those who wish to donate to the effort are encouraged to contact partners We Don’t Waste, WeCycle, and the Denver Rescue Mission.
The city’s distribution partners include GES Coalition, Same Cafe, We Don’t Waste, Weecycle, KS 107.5, SarCo, Bank of America, My Vision Nutrition, El Coco Pirata, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver Votes and the Alpha Phi Alpha Brotherhood, Hunger Free Colorado and Denver Police Department.
Hey denver! We’ll be hosting our food distribution in GES this week. We’re on the Wonderbound campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until supplies last) providing grocery boxes, baby items, voter registration and more! Please share. pic.twitter.com/YI5YyVZIMk
– Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) October 14, 2020
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