Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving meal distribution needs $100,000 to meet orders

Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving meal distribution needs $100,000 to meet orders
Posted at 1:51 PM, Nov 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 15:51:35-05

DENVER -- Meals to feed nearly 6,000 seniors, veterans and families this Thanksgiving will be cut unless the Epworth Foundation raises $100,000 by Thursday.

Within two weeks, the foundation that runs Daddy Bruce’s Thanksgiving meal distribution received 5,687 requests for baskets. Each one costs between $30 to $35 to produce. Epworth Foundation spokeswoman L.H. Harker said the foundation has only raised half of what is needed to meet that demand.

The foundation also experienced a “drastically increased” number of requests for baskets. Four other food banks near them have recently shuttered their services. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people moved to Colorado between 2014 and 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“We are making a lot of tough choices that we don’t want to,” Harker said. “We have to tell people no.”

The foundation is also asking for 1,000 volunteers to help with Nov. 19’s meal distribution for two-hour shifts. Thirty volunteers with strong backs are needed to set the stage for distribution starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and ending at 5 a.m. on Saturday.

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