We wanted to share a feel good moment over here at LEAF today. Meet Sutter, who decided to ask for food pantry donations instead of gifts at his birthday party. If you are in need of food, please come visit us at Lyons Community Food Pantry every Wednesday from 3:30-5 at 350 Main Street.
For more information about donating food, please visit:https://www.leaflyons.org/donate-food.html
By Kate Kerr
Each Wednesday afternoon, local residents gather outdoors as they wait for the Lyons Community Food Pantry to open at 3:30pm. Latecomers need to arrive by 5pm. Each household is guided through the food choices with a food pantry volunteer. While waiting, folks can enjoy conversation over cups of coffee donated by The Barking Dog Cafe.
Foods usually available each week include rice, pasta, beans, canned soups and stews, cereal, snacks, frozen meat, milk, eggs, yogurt, bread, household goods as well as canned and fresh fruit and vegetables. Kids are delighted by special snack bags just for them. Much of the food comes from the Boulder Community Food Share where Lyons volunteers “shop” each week, especially for milk and eggs. Other food is donated locally by individuals, businesses, school groups and farmers. Special thanks for donations from Lyons Elementary, Ralph’s Farmstand, Steamboat Natural Foods, St. Vrain Market, Stonebridge Farm and Lucky’s Market (in Boulder).
Ten years ago in 2008, both the Lyons Community Foundation and the Lyons Food Pantry were created. Former pastor of the Lyons Community Church, Claire McNulty Drewes, noticed that there were residents of Lyons who didn’t have enough to eat. Also, there were those needing help paying for basic needs like utilities, rent and medical bills. The church congregation asked the newly formed Lyons Community Foundation (LCF) to assist with funding for the creation of a Food Pantry and a Basic Needs Emergency Fund (BNEF).
The Food Pantry started by providing a few families with boxes of non-perishable foods. Assisting with other emergencies was limited. After the flood in 2013, the increase in needs was astronomical. At that time the LCF, with its 501(c)3 status, served as steward for the vast donations coming in to assist flood-impacted Lyons residents. Within 4 months after the flood, over 1 million dollars was distributed to 300 local households.
In helping with the flood recovery, it became apparent that BNEF and the Food Pantry needed their own unique non-profit status. In July 2014 the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) was created including both the food pantry along with basic needs and resource matching. Recently Meals on Wheels has been added. Special thanks to the LCF for continuing support and for the $5,000 grant to the Food Pantry for 2018 operations.
In this small town, volunteers are willing to deliver food to those who can’t leave their homes. For example, each week, Lyons Food Pantry volunteer Debbie Tabor phones homebound resident Betsie Montieth to see what food she needs from the pantry. Debbie then delivers the food and has a visit. They have become close friends.
“Because of you I’ve been able to eat and I’m met so many cool people. That’s really important to someone who is kind of homebound. I’ve never had this kind of kindness. I mean, it’s kindness every time you turn around.” – Betsie Montieth, Lyons elder and Lyons Community Food Pantry participant
Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans (10.3%) struggle with hunger, not always having enough money to buy food. Nearly 1 in 6 Colorado kids (16%) may not always know when or where they will get their next meal. Thank you to the many volunteers and donors who have helped the Food Pantry continue as a vital service for those in our Lyons community who need nutritional support.
Here are Food Pantry Statistics for 2017
· 1,844 Food Pantry visits
· 81 Households
· 167 Individuals
· 45 Children
· 38,165 pounds of food from Boulder Community Food Share
· 14,941 pounds of food collected outside of Boulder Community Food Share
· 1,500 volunteer hours
· $21,957 dollar value of donated food
Singer and Spellman 2,627.5 lbs
St. Vrain Mkt 1,406.5 lbs
Stonebridge 810 lbs
Steamboat Mtn Nat Foods 327.5 lbs
Lyons Elem. garden 299.5 lbs
Lucky's Market 1,036 lbs
The Food Pantry is open Wednesdays 3:30-5pm at 350 Main St. (Lyons Community Church). Participants are asked to show proof of local residency. Donations of food and household products are accepted Wednesdays 10am-3pm.
The vast majority of LEAF’s work is funded through local donations. Everyone is invited to support LEAF which offers a human services safety net to those in need in the greater Lyons area. Services include the Food Pantry, Meals On Wheels, Basic Needs and Resource Matching. To contact LEAF, call 720-864-4309 or email email@example.com
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When you donate to LEAF, you are helping community members like Jamie. Click on the video below to see her story.
LYONS – For the third year in a row, the biggest adults only Halloween Party in Lyons, Rave to the Grave, was held on Friday October 27th at the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass. The party was a fundraiser hosted by Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF).
“We are so thankful to all of the artists, musicians, party-goers, donors, clients, sponsors, and volunteers for making Rave to the Grave a huge success raising over $28,000! The money raised for LEAF will directly benefit our friends and neighbors in need,” says Pam Browning, chair of the LEAF board of directors.
Rave to the Grave is a benefit for LEAF, whose mission is to offer a human services safety net to those in need in the Greater Lyons area. This year, partygoers had an opportunity to experience a visual tour of LEAF created by Peggy Dyer. Powerful photos hung on along the walls of the pavilion with messages such as “Love, Family, and Community – Beating cancer and caring for each other”.
The profit from Rave to the Grave will really help our friends and neighbors in need, such as Betsy, a Lyons elder featured in one of LEAF’s new videos. In the video, Betsy shares “Because of you I’ve been able to eat and I’ve met so many cool people. That’s really important to someone who is kind of homebound. I’ve never had this kind of kindness. I mean, it’s kindness every time you turn around”.
The music by Arthur Lee Land, gogoLab, and special guests was incredible! Along with a video DJ show by Needmore productions, wild costumes, lots of dancing, and great food and drink, this party was epic. Congratulations to Mary Capone for winning the costume contest as the Mona Lisa.
Local artist Kahlie Sue Pinello took the lead on artistic vision and decorations along with her team and wow did they deliver! She transformed the pavilion into an enchanted forest with custom made gravestones featuring sponsors, skulls, antlers, and more.
Planet Bluegrass donated the venue along with the proceeds from alcohol sales directly to LEAF. This event would not have been possible without their generosity. Thank you to Craig Ferguson and all of the planet staffers that helped! Rave to the Grave sponsors covered all of the hard costs of the event, allowing every dollar raised that night to go directly to LEAF’s programs. Thank you to title sponsor Laura Levy, premier sponsors Headquarters Cannabis Company, Bud Depot, Oskar Blues, and Pizza Bar 66. LEAF is also incredibly grateful for the 27 additional sponsors. The business community really stepped up to support LEAF!
LEAF serves over 100 people every week with programs including the Lyons Community Food Pantry, Basic Needs and Resource Matching, and Lyons Meals on Wheels. For more information, go to www.leaflyons.org.
P.S. Are you interested in helping those in need during the holiday season? LEAF is hosting our second annual Giving Tree program. You can pick up ornaments on the Giving Trees at the Stone Cup, the Barking Dog, or the Library from November 18th – December 3rd (or until all ornaments are gone – they go fast!). Also, if your children are in school at Lyons Elementary or Lyons Middle/Senior, be on the lookout for opportunities to give to the food and households goods drive coming up soon.
by Kate Kerr
Article originally posted in the Redstone Review
A huge thank you to two longtime LEAF volunteers, Pat Journeay and Peter Maves, who have recently moved on to new volunteer positions.
Pat volunteered with the Lyons Food Pantry. A Lyons resident for over 30 years, about seven years ago, she was serving on the Lyons Community Foundation Board when she was asked to consider volunteering with the newly created food pantry. Her Spanish language skills were especially needed. At the Pantry, Pat found a unique way to connect with folks in our community from all backgrounds.
Pat says she has continually been amazed by Lyons’ vibrant community of dedicated volunteers. For example, for the Food Pantry, many hours are logged each week by a team of volunteers collecting, organizing and storing the food which is offered to clients each Wednesday from 3:30-5:00pm.
Recently Pat and her husband, Bruce, moved to Longmont but their roots in Lyons run deep. They will be back for book club, music events and more. Their home in Lyons was sold to an Apple Valley family who lost their home in the flood.
Pat’s newest volunteer roles involve housing a Chinese exchange student for five weeks as well as a mentoring a youngster for at least a year through the “I Have A Dream” Foundation. Pat can also be found at rubber stamping workshops at the Longmont Senior Center.
Peter Maves recently retired from the LEAF Board of Directors where he served as Treasurer. Peter has played an instrumental role in the evolution of the LEAF program. Over the years, as a clinical psychologist he has served on a number of boards. About 7 years ago, Peter was asked to join the board for the newly created Basic Needs and Emergency Fund and Food Pantry started as a mission of the Lyons Community Church. Much of its funding came from the Lyons Community Fund (LCF). After the September 2013 flood, Peter became part of the “Rebuild Lyons” Board which raised a million dollars in a month to assist Lyons’ residents with immediate financial needs. After Rebuild closed, grants continued to be awarded and the needs in the community were greater than ever. It became clear that the community needed a formal emergency assistance organization with non-profit status.
Peter is retiring now because his three main goals for LEAF have been achieved. He wanted LEAF to become its own entity with: 1. A firm, solid direction 2. A focused, committed Board and 3. Non-profit status and financial stability.
Of all the Boards Peter has served on over the years, he says LEAF has been the most remarkable. He says: “The competency, talent and generosity of individuals in Lyons and on the LEAF Board is staggering.”
Peter still volunteers with LEAF. He was most recently seen expertly flipping pancakes and sausages at a LEAF breakfast. (He comes by these skills honestly as he once worked as a short order cook.) Peter is also seen around town playing guitar and singing with the “Complete Unknowns” band.
Thank you again, Pat and Peter, for being two of so many incredible volunteers who make a “staggering” difference for the Lyons community.
LEAF offers a human services safety net to those in need in the greater Lyons area. Services include Meals On Wheels, Basic Needs and Resource Matching, and the Food Pantry open Wednesdays 3:30-5pm at 350 Main St. (Lyons Community Church). Donations of food and household products are accepted 10am-3pm. To contact LEAF, call 720-864-4309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Possible federal cuts could affect Carbon Valley Meals on Wheels, but not Longmont and Lyons programs
Possible federal cuts could affect Carbon Valley Meals on Wheels, but not Longmont program
By Karen Antonacci
POSTED: 03/23/2017 06:57:41 PM MDT |
Meals on Wheels volunteer Jyl Phillips and client Laura Hargreaves, 85, hug after Phillips delivered a meal to Hargreaves' home Wednesday. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)Longmont Meals on Wheels would be unaffected by any cuts the federal government could make to money that some states and counties use to fund the independent nonprofits.
But Tri-Town Meals on Wheels — which serves Frederick, Firestone and Dacono residents — would likely see a budget reduction if that money from the federal government dried up.
Meals on Wheels programs, which provide meals to needy seniors, have a national lobbying organization, but are run independently on the local level.
As such, whether President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget cuts will affect Meals on Wheels would be determined on a case-by-case basis.
In the case of the Longmont Meals on Wheels program, it wouldn't be affected because the Longmont program doesn't receive federal or state funding.
Karla Hale, executive director of Longmont Meals on Wheels, said the program relies on local grants and donations.
"Longmont Meals on Wheels does not receive any state or federal funding because we are so fortunate to be in a community that supports us!" Hale wrote in an email. "We rely on the support of all of the individuals, foundations and businesses in our community."
The positive effect from the national media attention is that people are donating more to Longmont Meals on Wheels.
AdvertisementHale estimated that there has been a 15 percent increase in calls from people interested in volunteering over the last week and a half.
"Meals on Wheels programs are very important and do make a big impact in the communities they serve," Hale wrote. "Not only do they provide much needed nutrition to seniors and people with disabilities, they provide a daily check and many other services that help keep individuals in their homes and aging in place."
For other Meals on Wheels programs that do receive federal funding, it's complicated.
The questions about Meals on Wheels stem from two community development block grants that would be eliminated under Trump's proposed budget. Some states and cities use those grants to fund local Meals on Wheels programs, according to a story by National Public Radio.
Meals on Wheels volunteer Rich Homerick, of Longmont, loads meals into coolers at the Longmont Senior Center on Tuesday before delivering them to people in the Nelson Park area. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)Other federal money comes to some Meals on Wheels program through a separate funding program under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Trump has proposed cutting the overall HHS budget by 17.9 percent, but it's not clear whether those cuts would affect the Administration for Community Living, which funds nutrition programs for the elderly, according to the Washington Post.
Mary Margaret Cox, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Greeley & Weld County, said the tri-town program is heavily supported by the Greeley program, which does receive federal funding.
The food that goes out to seniors in Frederick, Firestone and Dacono is prepared in the Greeley kitchen, supervised by dietitians, frozen and sent to the Carbon Valley.
While the tri-towns program doesn't directly receive federal funding, Cox said about a third of the Greeley program's budget comes from federal funding. As such, if that funding were cut, Greeley would need to cut back on the money it sends to the tri-towns from donations and grants and the Carbon Valley program would be indirectly affected.
"We would have to work harder to find other sources of money to help us if the federal dollars went away. And then that cuts us short for the program in south Weld County. It's a vicious circle," Cox said.
Cox said she and her board are trying not to panic in order to not alarm the seniors the programs serve. She said she is saying a lot of prayers, trying to have a lot of faith and talking to Colorado's congressional delegation.
"The good lord listens to me pretty good. I've been doing this 47 years and it's been up and down in that length of time. I'm hoping this is just another bubble," Cox said.
Cox said she remembered when Sen. Thomas Eagleton, who would later go on to be a failed democratic vice presidential candidate, introduced the Comprehensive Older Americans Services Amendments bill. President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1973, providing the funding scheme that some Meals on Wheels programs still use.
"I just can't think that something that we worked so hard on then, that one person can take it away in the blink of an eye," Cox said.
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