The mission of Food for Hope is to empower and nourish the future of our community by providing vital nutrition to students in need.
The idea for a weekend food program began in early 2014 when Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams decided to take action in her community against the issue of hunger. She called together pastors of local churches to see if anyone was willing to assist in her effort. Pastor Ruben Villarreal of ThornCreek Church immediately jumped on board. Mayor Williams and Pastor Villarreal began to collaborate on what would become Food for Hope. The vision was that it would be a dynamic partnership with the City of Thornton, Adams County school districts, people of all faiths and walks of life, businesses, and residents. They wanted to have a weekend food program that distributed healthy food, specifically for children who required lunch assistance at their schools. It would not be funded by tax dollars, but by organizations and ordinary people that simply cared about children.
In May 2014, they brought in Emily Stromquist to be the Executive Director of their effort. Since that time, those supporting Food for Hope have been meeting with organizations within the community gathering resources for achieving its operating goals. Food for Hope is moving forward - pursuing financial sponsorship and healthy food donations. Our organization became an independent 501(c)3 organization in early 2015, and the hope is that the reach of this vision will only continue to grow.
"The kids in this school are so motivated in the morning now to come to school and stay instead of leaving because of nothing to eat in the morning. They come after school to grab something to eat from my desk because they know they can find something to take home for themselves and possibly their siblings. It has been amazing to see their faces and smiles to know they can always find our basket filled for them." - High School Coordinator for Thornton High School
"This program is great and we really appreciate what this Program provides to our students. Is nice to see this kids faces every Friday when they receive the bags. The benefit is they do not need to worry about what food they will have for the weekend, and concentrate more in school." - Carolina, Coordinator at McElwain Elementary
"This food is important because we didn't have enough food in our house." - Student at North Mor Elementary
"We have a Grandma here at school that has to take care of her grandchildren.
She has a family of six. She had a low paying job, and she was under a lot of
stress. Last November she suffered a stroke, and she was unable to work. She
lost some mobility, and she was not able to speak very well. Food for Hope has
been a Lifesaver! With all of the struggles that this "Mom" had to face, at least
she could be at ease knowing that there was going to be some food on the table." -Food for Hope Liaison, Coronado Hills Elementary School