FORT LUPTON — A team of 42 volunteers helped the Fort Lupton Food Bank distribute Christmas meals Dec. 21 to 150 families this season.
Jocelyn Hostetter, executive director for the Food Bank, said the annual event has been going on for at least 20 years.
“Santa Claus was there, and we also gave toys out,” Hostetter said. “And it was a huge event.”
The Food Bank served lunch for all the volunteers.
“This year was the largest we’ve ever served,” Hostetter said. “The Greeley Food Bank provided the food for no cost to us.”
The Christmas meal boxes included a turkey dinner with all the fixings.
Bellamy Trucking out of Hudson helped transport the turkeys to Fort Lupton.
“And their whole family was there to help with distribution,” Hostetter said. “Love Foundation, a church in Brighton, they contributed many volunteers. Also the Latter Day Saints of Brighton, their missionary elders and sisters came to help. And the United Way was there also.”
The coordination between different groups didn’t stop there.
“Fort Lupton Police helped with traffic control,” Hostetter said. “The Fort Lupton Safeway also contributed all the pastries and the bread and the salad and fresh veggies that went into the box.”
The Bank of Colorado in Fort Lupton provided the site to distribute the meals in the bank’s parking lot.
Members of the 4H Club in Fort Lupton volunteered for the event early in the day.
“The events was a great success, and we will be doing it again next year,” Hostetter said. “I just want to thank everybody who contributed and was affiliated with helping with the event. It’s truly appreciated.”
Hostetter also wanted to thank the board members for the Food Bank.
“Some of our board members did the luncheon; thanks to Phyllis Burge and Helen Bachicha,” Hostetter said. “And the president of our board, Dale Hostetter, helped coordinate the event and kept everything in order, and getting the lines together and the 150 boxes out there.”
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