The 26th annual Let’s Bag Hunger food drive to benefit Community Food Share (CFS) broke all previous records for both food collected and dollars donated.  The goals for this year’s drive were 130,000 pounds of food and $13,000.  Our generous community donated just over 130,000 pounds of food and $18,700 – up from 124,000 pounds and $11,400 for the 2009 drive.

I got a lovely note from CFS’s development director, Terry Tedeschi, thanking the Camera for its involvement. But the thanks really belong to you. More than 900 volunteers donated 3,140 hours of time to make the drive happen – greeting shoppers at grocery stores, picking up donations and sorting food for distribution. The combined impact of food and financial donations from the drive will enable CFS to distribute more than 205,000 meals. Thank you.

Now in its 29th year of service, CFS distributes food – free of charge – to those in need through a network of 58 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and emergency food box programs, as well as several direct service programs targeting specific at-risk populations. In 2009 alone, it distributed more than 6.6 million meals. It is on track to providing more than 7 million meals this year.

To find out more about CFS and make a donation of talent, time, food or financial resources, call 303.652.FOOD or visit communityfoodshare.org