Local Food Bank Honors Volunteers »
In a small town just north of Denver, one food bank is giving away hundreds of thousands of pounds of food. In 2014 alone, the food bank, run out of the Brighton Seventh-day Adventist church, distributed 265,554 pounds of food and are now projecting over 270,000 pounds for this year.
Originally started in 2010, the church’s food bank has almost doubled in the five years since. Charles Blood, a church member and a co-organizer of the service, joined mere months after the food bank began. “I didn’t even know it was happening until I happened by the church one night and saw these women unloading food from vans,” he said. “I felt sorry for them, unloading in the snow and cold, so I volunteered my truck and my help and that’s how I started.”
Running every second and fourth Thursday of the month, the food bank usually boasts a long line of people before the doors open at 8 am, some clients arriving as early as 4:30. While the clients wait their turn, a presentation is put on by either the volunteers, the church or the Adventist elementary school, usually dealing with healthy eating or a short devotional.
The food is delivered on Wednesday nights, most of it from the Food Bank of the Rockies, located in northeast Denver. Volunteers come to help unload and prepare the boxes. What makes this food bank special is the volunteers. Many are not members of the Brighton church and are actually clients themselves. Instead of just showing up on Thursday and taking their box of food, many clients volunteer their time to get things ready.
Among the clients was a young mother with two daughters. Pastor Wayne Morrison chatted with them as they waited to get their food and asked the girls if they were waiting for donuts. The mother shook her head quickly and gave the pastor a side-eye glare. Trying to backtrack, he cautiously said, "I mean, carrots . . ."
“What I like about the food bank is the attitudes of the people involved. It’s never ‘No, no, no,’” said Pastor Wayne Morrison of the Brighton church. “The clients aren’t told what they can or cannot have. These people are deserving of what they receive and the attitude overall is one of positivity and giving. Everyone is there to give.” [Katie Morrison]
Top Photo: Pastor Wayne Morrison visits with Brighton SDA Food Bank clients.
Bottom Left: Volunteers Welcome line of food bank clients.
Bottom Right: Food is stored in the basement of the Brighton SDA Church.