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Offered by Linda Young, Brighton Chamber Nonprofit Council

Now through May 19, members of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Council are coordinating a “Community Wide Food Drive for Kids”. The goal is to collect nonperishable (only) foods that are kid-friendly and healthy. We want to be able to provide low-income families that have school age children with some supplemental food over the summer break, especially for kids who may not have an adult at home to cook for them. School District 27J and local food pantries will help us identify those families. The School District provides a Summer Meals program for all kids through age 18, but not all kids can get to the meal sites.

The Nonprofit Council would like to make this a true community wide food drive, and we’re inviting local businesses and Nonprofits, civic organizations, social groups, and individuals to participate in this food drive with us, so we can provide healthy food options for more kids over the summer. Many nonperishable/processed foods contain high amounts of sugar, salt, and fat, and we’d like to provide some healthier options for local kids. It may take some nutrition label reading to find the healthier choices. Check the label for the percentage of sodium per serving. 30% or more means the child will get at least 1/3 of his or her daily recommended amount of salt in one serving of this product. Check the grams of sugar. A child in elementary school should not have more than 16 grams of added sugar daily, and no more than 32 grams of added sugar for tweens and teens. While it is fine to shop from your own cupboard, please check the “Best by” or “Use by” dates and please don’t donate food that you feel is too old to feed to your own family. The food will be safe, but the quality of the taste and texture will be diminished.

Donated food may be dropped off during business hours at the Brighton Chamber of Commerce (22 S 4th, Suite 205), Goodhealthwill (965 Platte River Blvd, Unit S), Rippy Allstate Insurance Agency (220 Pavilions Place, Unit D), Platte Valley Medical Center, main entrance (1600 Prairie Center Parkway), all branches of Valley Bank and Trust, and Peak Form Medical Clinic (1093 E Bridge St.). Questions about this food drive can be directed to Linda Young at lyoung_111@msn.com or 720-301-0949.

Participating Nonprofits include Almost Home, American Legion Post 2002, Barr Lake State Park, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Boys & Girls Club, Brighton Legacy Foundation, Brighton Rotary Club, Brighton Shares The Harvest, Brighton Youth Commission, CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties, City of Brighton Employee Charities, Community Reach Center, Friends of Barr Lake, Goodhealthwill, HeART of Brighton, Pennock Center for Counseling, Platte Valley Medical Center and the PVMC Foundation, Richard Lambert Foundation, and School District 27J.