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Feed People, Not Landfills This Colorado Gives Day

November 17, 2021

There are few things more comforting than a warm, home-cooked meal, and that is exactly what our community of supporters has helped us provide for tens of thousands of families since the start of the pandemic. 

Because of your support, we have been able to grow our food recovery operations and take better care of each other during one of the most difficult times in our community’s history. 

But many families in our community are still struggling to get by ⏤ struggling to put food on the table, to pay increasingly costly rent and utility bills, to purchase necessary medications and school supplies, and the list goes on.

Since the start of the pandemic, hunger levels have risen higher than at any time in recent history. 1 in 3 Coloradans are facing food insecurity, 16% of children are not getting adequate nutrition, and more than 2 in 5 people of color are now regularly struggling to access quality food. (Source: Hunger Free Colorado COVID Food Insecurity Survey, April 2021).

Participants at a Mobile Food Market.

Our Mobile Food Markets and network of over 100 nonprofit partners are helping to fill the gaps. Children like those pictured above are able to try new fruits and vegetables and get the nutrients they need to be healthy, happy, and successful. They don’t face the stress of hunger and instead leave our markets hand-in-hand with their parents looking forward to a full belly, and a happier, healthier future. 

Our solution to the problem of hunger is simple but effective. 40% of all food is wasted, so we recover as much good food as we can and keep it out of landfills (which is also a win for the environment).

Let’s feed people, not landfills!

Schedule your gift for Colorado Gives Day today and you can be a part of the food recovery revolution that is fighting hunger in our community!

Your Impact:

A $25 gift provides a family of four with 3 meals a day for two weeks! 

$50 recovers 1,650 servings of nutritious food and prevents it from going into the landfill!

$75 provides a family of six struggling to get back on their feet with a month’s worth of meals!

$100 provides a child with 3 nutritious meals a day for more than 230 days!

Can you imagine how incredible it would feel to know that no matter what happens, your family will have enough food?

start a fundraiser & Show Your We Don’t Waste Pride:

Here’s how you get started. 

  1. Create a donor account at ColoradoGives.org if you don’t already have one. 
  2. Go to the We Don’t Waste Colorado Gives Day page
  3. Scroll down the page and click the box that says START A FUNDRAISER. 
  4. Use our template to create your page! An admin will approve your page, and then there will be short waiting period (up to 48 hours) before your page goes live. 
  5. Tell your friends and family you’re raising money to help feed our neighbors! 

But what do you say? Share the facts! 

We’ve put together a toolkit of example posts and pictures you can post to help share your fundraiser and maximize your impact!

If your approved Colorado Gives Day fundraiser raises over $100 during the fundraising period, we will send you a limited edition T-Shirt to show off your food waste warrior pride*! This shirt will only be available from now until the end of 2021, so get your limited edition tee today! 

So what are you waiting for? Together, we can make a HUGE difference!


*Please make sure your contact information and shipping information on your Colorado Gives Day profile is current and valid. 

Give a gift that gives back:

There are so many ways you can help feed Denver’s food-insecure! A portion of the proceeds from each of the following promotions will be donated to our organization so you can stuff those stockings, and feel great about it!

Show your pride with a We Don’t Waste T-Shirt!

Donate in honor of a friend or loved one!

Enjoy some We Don’t Waste Wine from Blanchard Family Wines!

Shop zero-waste goods for guilt-free pampering!

Get cozy online with UpWest in November and they’ll donate to We Don’t Waste (10% of total online proceeds is donated on Giving Tuesday)!