Food for Hope

A nonprofit organization

$8,129 raised by 71 donors

40% complete

$20,230 Goal

Research indicates that even mild malnutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of growth impacts their development over time. Thousands of children in Adams County suffer from food insecurity, and this number has continued to increase by the hardships of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


"Food for Hope has been a valued partner to Adams 12 Five Star Schools for many years, but as needs continue to rise sharply during the pandemic they have become even more of a saving grace for thousands of our families who are struggling to make ends meet, and whose children have been without twice a day access to school meals. The access to healthy and nourishing food provided by Food For Hope allows families to put more of their limited financial resources towards maintaining housing and keeping the lights and water on, and reduces some of the stress that parents have when wondering how they will put food on the table. In addition, the food assistance is of immeasurable benefit to our Adams 12 families who are not eligible for public benefits like SNAP. Over the past few very difficult months, we have seen more tears of joy and appreciation that we can count, as families realize not only that they have access to food but that there are organizations like Food For Hope who are dedicated to bettering the lives of our students and families." - Lisle Reed, Whole Child Initiatives, Adams 12 Five Star Schools


One of the amazing things about the resource closet and food bank at Pinnacle Charter School is it is on-site for our students and families.  We know many families in our community experience challenges with transportation, and providing resources for them at the school helps cut down on the number of trips they need to make to obtain food & clothing for their families.  We greatly appreciate the opportunity Food for Hope and A Precious Child has given the Pinnacle community, and we thank them for their role in helping our students and families.  -Chad Miller, Chief Financial Officer - Pinnacle Charter School 


Food for Hope gives families peace of mind knowing they have access to nutritious foods at a time when they’re facing food insecurities.  As part of the team at 27J’s Bob Sakata Education Campus, Food for Hope has been a safety net for families needing meals to keep kids well-fed at home.  - Chris Fiedler, 27J School Superintendent


"This food is important because we didn't have enough food in our house." - Student at North Mor Elementary


We’ve supported a single mom fighting stage 3 cancer, a parent leaving her home due to domestic violence and a number of families facing joblessness and homelessness [...] The pandemic has only exacerbated many challenges that already existed for families and we are so thankful to be able to provide this support for our community, thanks to our partnership with Food for Hope. - Lori Swanson, Northglenn High School Faculty


Our mission is to empower and strengthen the future of our communities by providing nutritious food to children in need. Each student enrolled with our program receives nutritional assistance throughout the school year.

Background Statement

The idea for a weekend food program began in early 2014 Mayor Williams and Pastor Ruben Villarreal of ThornCreek Church 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 aspired to create a nutritional assistance program that distributed healthy food, specifically for children who depended on free/reduced meals 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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Food for Hope

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Human Services


3853 E 120th Ave
Thornton, CO, CO 80233


PO BOX 685
Eastlake, CO, CO 80614

Service areas

Adams County, CO, US





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