GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A local food initiative, which provided meals to locals in need during the height of the pandemic, has proved to be a successful community program.
Since early April, HomewardBound of the Grand Valley’s CRUSH Initiative has raised $18,000 to purchase nearly 60,000 meals for individuals and families in need.
Individual donors, churches and businesses all contributed to the cause.
The monetary donations were used to purchase meals from local businesses, thereby stimulating the economy but also providing relief for HomewardBound’s staff during this crisis.
“We raised enough money to have meals served all the way through June, so it turned into a three month effort to help out the kitchen staff, help out businesses that have gone through a tough time and that aren’t able to let people in and also, our guests and people that are going through a tough time in this economic crisis,” said Jesse Redmond, Development Director at HomewardBound.
“The ability to network out and branch out, especially with our new shelter opening up, now we have a lot more interested parties who want to get involved with doing more volunteer work in the future,” said Daryl D’Amico, Culinary Director at HomewardBound.
Daryl said the shelter has seen about a 300% increase in to-go dinners and they’ve gone from serving about 20 sack lunches per month, now up to 900 during the pandemic.