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Broomfield FISH hosting mobile food pantry at Centennial Elementary tomorrow

Combating food insecurity is the intent behind the twice-monthly “break from hunger” mobile food pantry that will be onsite at Centennial Elementary School on Wednesday from 2:30-4 p.m.
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Broomfield FISH volunteer Ron Lampo helps operate the mobile food pantry.

Combating food insecurity is the intent behind the twice-monthly “break from hunger” mobile food pantry that will be onsite at Centennial Elementary School on Wednesday from 2:30-4 p.m. The community outreach is a collaboration between Broomfield FISH, Community Food Share, Discovery Church and Adams 12 Five Star Schools that is held at the school every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Broomfield FISH Donor Relations Specialist Stacey Schmuck said the operation, which was launched in 2016, serves on average 150 families during each visit. “The staff at Centennial Elementary, along with volunteers from FISH and Discovery Church, help run the pantry,” she said. “We offer nutritious food while focusing on maintaining dignity and respect for residents.” Schmuck said Community Food Share makes sure an abundance of food stuffs are on hand for distribution. The goal is providing equitable access to food resources among those in need. “Children and their families can receive supplemental food and learn about community resources,” she said. FISH volunteer Boni Callaway created the program six years ago and continues as a principal organizer. Schmuck said food and other assistance services are provided to roughly 1,300 community members each month at FISH’s offices located at 6 Garden Center. “In 2021 we provided food and services to more than 12,000 unduplicated people,” she said. “That is one in seven residents.” FISH assists residents of Broomfield County who earn an annual income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Schmuck said the nonprofit partners with more than 30 organizations including SNAP, WIC,Workforce Center, Mental Health Partners, Broomfield Library and Backstory Theater to offer a variety of support to neighbors in need. “FISH works directly with families to help them become self-sufficient and financially stable,” she said. “Staff at FISH provide support, guidance, and referrals to our many community partner agencies.” Schmuck said donations are welcome with 95 cents of each dollar directly aiding people in need. “We could not do the work we do without support from our generous community,” she said.