Commitment to Care Initiative Offers Food Access

Commitment to Care Initiative Offers Food Access
Posted on 09/03/2020
A family is provided with food and other resources at the Dayton Street Opportunity Center

The city of Aurora, in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, has launched the Commitment to Care food access initiative, which will provide free food and resources to the community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Commitment to Care grows out of the city’s successful Aurora Mobile Food Pantry program this summer, which provided nearly 500,000 meals at weekly events throughout the city. Because of the expanded partnerships, Commitment to Care will be able to serve about three times as many households as the Aurora Mobile Food Pantry.

The $800,000 Commitment to Care initiative launches the first week of September and will continue through the end of the year in support of families, kids, seniors, immigrants, refugees and pets. The Commitment to Care initiative is composed of seven food access programs that welcome all Aurora community members.

"The city of Aurora’s Community Relations Division is excited to launch the Commitment to Care initiative as we continue our work in addressing food insecurity in the community," said Claudine McDonald, Manager of Aurora Community Relations. "With the help of local nonprofit organizations and volunteers, this initiative will provide much-needed resources to thousands of local families in need."

Funding for the Commitment to Care initiative has been made possible by Arapahoe County via the CARES Act.

Aside from providing food and resources, the Commitment to Care initiative also offers a number of volunteer opportunities. From sorting and bagging groceries, to distributing food at events throughout the community, volunteers will provide a wide range of needed support. Group volunteer opportunities are also available for local businesses, churches, and civic groups.

Commitment to Care program flyer.

Commitment to Care programs: September – December 2020:

Aurora Day of Giving: Once-a-month mobile distribution event where food and resources for 1,500 families will be available. Additional items include baby supplies (diapers, wipes) and pet supplies (food, hygiene items). Drive-thru pickup. Dates include: Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 at Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave.

Food for Thought with SECORCares: Weekly food distribution to 1,500 Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District families where children are sent home with food on Fridays to feed their family over the weekend.

Home for the Holidays with The Salvation Army: In conjunction with the Salvation Army’s annual gift-giving campaign, which takes place in December, families will be provided with a gift card to purchase food, hygiene products and other household items.

Immigrant and Refugee Food Pantry at Village Exchange Center: Ongoing distribution that provides culturally relevant foods, baby items and community resources to immigrants and refugees. Support for people experiencing homelessness is also available. Curbside pick-up and delivery.

Neighbor to Neighbor at Dayton Street Opportunity Center: Ongoing food and resource distribution to local families and people experiencing homelessness. Curbside pick-up and delivery available.

One Place Project hosted by the District Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial District: Twice monthly food and resource distribution event for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and other crimes. Drive-thru pickup.

Senior Mobile Pop-Up Pantry hosted by SECORCares: Weekly mobile food distribution event for seniors (55+). Pick-up only.

For event dates, locations, agency contact information and volunteer opportunities, or to make a financial contribution, visit AuroraGov.org/CommitmentToCare.

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