Day of Caring in Denver

NetVU Members Volunteer at local food bank to help distribute over 13,000 meals.

By Liz Leger | Posted: 4/12/2022

NetVU strives to give back to the city and community where we spend time together at Accelerate. This year, in Denver was no different and our volunteer effort sponsored by The Cincinnati Insurance Company on Thursday, March 31, took us to the Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) with 32 NetVU and Vertafore volunteers for a full morning of giving back and learning what a crucial role FBR provides for not only Denver, but for 30 surrounding counties and the entire state of Wyoming. In 2021, FBR distributed more than 93 million pounds of food to local families facing hunger.

Arriving at the Food Bank’s warehouse facility, we were greeted by Mitch Jelniker, Corporate Relations Manager for the Food Bank who provided an overview of how much FBR accomplishes:

  • Every dollar received helps to provide four meals or 5 pounds of food.
  • 96 cents of every dollar received goes towards food distribution.
  • Food is distributed to more than 700,000 people each year.

With those statistics in mind our volunteers went to work in the warehouse sorting 26 pallets, and in the kitchen to make fresh lunches for the Boys and Girls clubs. Our final total – 27 volunteers sorted 26 pallets of food weighing 17,030 lbs. resulting in 13,757 meals to be distributed and 5 volunteers made 975 lunches with snacks to be served the next day.

The morning’s effort to provide volunteers with breakfast to go, tee shirts, snacks and transportation would not be possible without Past Chairman, Joe Clabaugh’s continued sponsorship from The Cincinnati Insurance Company. Reflecting on this year’s effort at the Food Bank, “It was good to see all the volunteers who turned out to help with Day of Caring.  Giving back to the community is something all of us should consider doing throughout the year, not just during Accelerate.  When we give back, we help those in need, and it really puts into perspective what we can do to help each other.”