Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rapids Help Distribute 30,000 Pounds of Food to Colorado's Hungry Families

This afternoon, the Colorado Rapids demonstrated their commitment to continuing to fight hunger in our local community by participating in a gigantic donation event to help feed Colorado's needy families.

The Rapids teamed up with Lift Up America and Tyson Foods for the second straight year in a row to distribute over 30,000 pounds of chicken to the area’s less fortunate from the central home base of the Rapids' stadium.

Today at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, several Rapids players and mascots joined over 20 contributing agencies and other community members for the program. Participants represented a wide range of local area non-profits who were excited to receive large donations of quality protein, which is much sought-after for food donation programs.

A huge 18-wheeler of Tyson chicken pulled up to the stadium right at noon, and following speeches by Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush, Commerce City Mayor Paul Natale, and representatives of Tyson Foods, Food Bank of the Rockies, Lift Up America, and the Denver Mayor's Office of Community Impact, the Rapids players helped unload boxes, which were then dispensed to Denver metro area non-profit organizations and food banks selected for their needs by Food Bank of the Rockies.

The meat donated at today's event will supply over 120,000 meals to local families.

Today’s event marks the continuation of the Rapids Foundation's committment to fighting hunger in our local community. The Rapids Community Care Foundation runs initiatives year-round to eliminate hunger by hosting food collection drives at Rapids home games, participating in annual fundraisers promoting healthy lifestyles in schools, and sponsoring the Food Bank of the Rockies’ “Totes of Hope” program.

Thanks to Tyson Foods and Lift Up America for their help in organizing today's event.

For more information on how you can get involved with the Rapids in the fight against hunger, please visit the Rapids Foundation's official website by clicking here.

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