Gearing-up in Springtime at the Nederland Food Pantry

Sock it to Em Sock
Susan Elizabeth Lee, Sock It To Em President, and Mayor Joe Gierlach packing socks in Denver.

I met Susan Elizabeth Lee when she was kicking off the Sock It To Em Workday campaign at the Metro Mayors Caucus legislative reception. Its a promotional campaign where residents are asked to forego wearing socks to show support for the homeless, and to recognize the great need for warm socks. Here is a link to their website

During the reception, I mentioned to Sue, that Nederland had a robust Community Food Pantry program, and Hansen Wendlandt had asked the patrons what they needed most, and they said, “Socks!”
This year, the Sock It To Em socks program raised over 14,000 pairs of socks to date. Sue sent me a message saying she had 400 pairs of socks for Nederland (more than double her goal for Nederland). We had to get the socks from Castle Rock to Nederland and met half way in Downtown Denver at the Metro Mayors Caucus meeting in April.

We packed the car with socks in Denver so I could bring them to Hanson for the 2015 season of Summer Sandwiches and Socks program. The Board of Trustees agreed to partner with the Summer Sandwiches and Socks program, and last year’s program turned out to be a huge success. Contact Hansen here if you would like to volunteer for the Summer Sandwiches and Socks program.

 

The Nederland Food Pantry Grows Food Too.

Gail Margolis
Gail Margiolis shows off the first strawberries of the season

You may not know that the Nederland Food Pantry also grows a fair amount of fresh herbs and vegetables in a greenhouse-like alleyway behind the Community Center, and in the large flower boxes outside.

The first strawberries have sprouted and the Nederland Food Pantry is gearing up for the summer season as well.

[See also: Nederland Food Pantry is a Life Saver – 5 Reasons to Donate]

Everyone knows that it’s more gratifying to donate to a charity that saves cute little animals, than facing the reality that there is a hunger issue in our own community. So, the Nederland Food Pantry’s Executive Board came up with their second annual fun event called “With a Little Help from Our Friends”.

Here’s the details:

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 6:30pm – 10:00pm.

at the Nederland Community Center
Silent Auction, and Snack Bar open at 6:30pm.
Music from 7:00 – 10:00pm.The live rockin’ music of Slopeside
A ‘something for everyone’ silent auction

A ‘just what I wanted’ snack bar (everything $5 or Less)Admission is by ‘Your Generous Cash Donation’.

Also, with your donation, please bring a non-perishable food item, or a personal hygene item.

If you cannot make it to the event or donate services, you can also make a tax deductible donation. Just make your check payable to:

Nederland Food Pantry
P.O. Box 467
Nederland, CO 80466
You can call the Director, Chris Current, at (303) 642-0599 with donation questions.
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Joe Gierlach

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