AURORA — The Colorado High School Activities Association joined forces with five statewide food banks during state basketball championship week to help bring greater visibility to hunger in Colorado by hosting the first-ever food drive at the basketball championships.
Bolstered by a $5,000 donation from the Foundation for Colorado High School Student Activities, a program known as Feeding Colorado was able to add food stores to its shelves this year. Additionally, any food donated during the state championship stayed in the community where that site is located.
“CHSAA was happy to try and help curb some of the challenges residents in our state have in feeding their families,” CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann said. He noted the statistics that show more than 750,000 Coloradans are food insecure and in need of food assistance on any given week. And, nearly 1 in 4 children in Colorado are food insecure.
“These are folks in our CHSAA communities and we felt a need to try and help the efforts of these families as they struggle to get ahead,” he said. The five Feeding Colorado food banks in Colorado provide and distribute over 100 million pounds annually to nearly 1600 food assistance programs and touches each of Colorado’s 64 counties at least once each month.
Items from the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rapids, along with the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and Mile High Sports Magazine were used as prizes to entice donations at Budweiser Events Center (1A), CSU-Pueblo (2A), Colorado Mines (3A) and the University of Colorado-Boulder (4A/5A).
The Association will continue the program next year.