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LIFT-UP

LIFT-UP is in its 36th. year of operation of helping our neighbors in need put food on their tables through 7 food pantries, student lunch program and extended table (soup kitchen), so please consider making a monetary donation or drop off nonperishable food items.

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Holiday Food Gift

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Families
General population
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

More thank 800 individuals and families in need will receive a holiday food gift to insure some peace and joy during the holidays, while continuing the fight against hunger & poverty.

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Evidence of Program's Success

LIFT-UP has continued its tradition of providing families and individuals with a special holiday food gift in communities from Aspen to DeBeque through distributions from their 7 food pantry locations.

CSFP

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen

Description

Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors 60 and over provides food to qualified seniors through the United States Department of Agriculture commodities. Clients are able to access the program on a monthly basis and will receive a box of non perishable items along with a block of cheese.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For 2016 we served 538 seniors with the CSFP commodity program

Meal Monkey lunch program

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Description

Meal Monkey, mobile lunch for kids 18 and under, which provides a healthy nutritious sack lunch. Lunches are distributed at four park locations in Rifle, one location in New Castle and one location in Silt. The lunches are distributed to kids on Fridays due to the Garfield Re2 school district having a four day school week and a large number of students on free or reduced lunch.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2016 on Fridays only we served 3,119 lunches.

Volunteers love handing out the lunches, we have one location where all of the kids are usually waiting for the truck that distributes the lunches. When you arrive they all form a line and wait their turn. It is so rewarding to see the smiles and hear the thank you.
It is also rewarding to see the High School kids get involved and start asking even before school starts when they will start making lunches again. The program is definitely a community program.

Extended Table Community Dinner

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Families
General Public/Unspecified
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
General population

Description

The Extended Table Community Dinner is a place where anyone in need can receive a hot nutritious meal. We have one located in Glenwood Springs at the at the First United Methodist church, we have been serving at this location since 1995. The meals are planned, prepared and served by all volunteers. Families and individuals can come and enjoy a hot meal Monday - Friday from 5pm -6pm. In October of 2012 LIFT-UP launched another Extended Table Community Dinner in partnership with United Presbyterian Methodist Church in Rifle. This location serves on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00pm to 6:00 pm. The meals here are once again planned, prepared and served with all volunteers.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For 2016 we served 19,681 hot meals, which is a the combined number from our two locations the meals are served.

A quick story from a volunteers experience. Alex served on a Wednesday night, the next day he was working in Aspen on a job when a gentleman come up to him and thanked him and his family for the meal he received the night before. He went on to explain that he had just went back to work therefore his family had been struggling, the Extended Table meal was a way for him and his family to have at least one hot meal. He was very appreciative of the kindness and hot meal. This was Alex's first time to serve at the Extended Table and he had not realized the impact he would have by just volunteering one night a month.

Prescription Assistance

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

This program helps families and individuals when the cost of prescriptions are just too expensive. Each family member can access this program twice a year and have up to $100.00 each time for prescriptions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of program success is that 75 clients received 140 prescriptions totaling $4,978.22 for 2016

Food Assistance Program

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Families
General Public/Unspecified
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
General population

Description

Clients can access our food assistance program once a month and receive enough groceries for approximately a week.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evaluation results for 2016 show that we served a total 53,827 individuals. 20,687 individuals received 51,163 bags of groceries, 75 received 140 prescriptions, 277 received thrift store vouchers for clothing or household goods, 29 clients received 57 bus passes, 38 clients received other emergency help, 538 clients received the CSFP senior's commodity program, 2,103 received the TEFAP commodity program food, 7,084 received a Holiday food box and 19,681 meals were served at our Extended Table Community Dinners. For our Friday lunch program, we served 3,119 lunches to kids 18 and under.Below is a success story for our programs, names are changed for privacy.
"This past November and December we found our self in need of help. We had mounting medical bills due to a sick child and myself. This resulted in numerous ER visits and surgeries. We didn't have medical insurance at the time so the bills added up quickly. After all was said and done, we are paying $800 a month in past medical bills alone on top of mortgage and other various bills. We came to the point that we were struggling to keep food in the pantry and food on the table. In the month of November one of our debtors decided to raise our bill significantly a week or they were going to sue us. This was most of our budget for food. We had no choice but to swallow our pride and reach out for help. I reached out to a friend who told me about Lift Up and what it was all about. I called Debi and we arranged a time when we could meet. I remember crying all the way down there thanking God that there was someplace that could help us keep our children fed. And thanking him for the courage to ask for help.
When we arrived, I didn't know what to expect. Debi was so wonderful and just started filling boxes and bags of food for our family of seven. She was so sweet and caring. There was no judgment; just love.
Lift Up helped us get through Thanksgiving and Christmas. They helped me with jackets and snow pants for my kids so they could be warm this winter. We are so grateful for Lift Up and what they did for our family. They were a beaming light in a trying time of darkness. We appreciate them and we are internally grateful for providing what we needed and for their love and compassion."

TEFAP

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Families
General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food to qualified families and individuals through the United States Department Agriculture commodities

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Evidence of Program's Success

For 2016 2,299 clients received TEFAP Commodity program

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