GJHS students plan food giveaway

GJHS students plan food giveaway
Posted on 02/05/2019
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Grand Junction, CO - The RISE program at Grand Junction High School is partnering with Food Bank of the Rockies to arrange a second food giveaway for families in need.  There will be a variety of foods including produce, milk, and bread, and participants are encouraged to take as much as they need.  The event will take place on Tuesday, February 12 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Grand Junction High School student parking lot.  All in the community are welcome to attend, and there are no forms to fill out or RSVPs necessary. 

“A lot of people depend on food stamps and it’s their only way to get food.  With the government shutdown last month, it’s making things really hard for those on food stamps and families with federal workers,” RISE junior Isabel Castaneda said when asked why this event came about. 

GJHS RISE students and Food Bank of the Rockies first hosted a food giveaway on January 29, 2019.  Over the course of two hours, students from GJHS and families from the community took home 12 pallets of fruit and vegetables, potatoes, breads, and milk. 

“We do this because we understand the struggle of not having food on the table sometimes because we can’t afford it,” RISE junior Isela Ramirez reflected.  “In times like this, we have to rise together and help each other as a community because some of us are less fortunate.” 

About RISE

RISE is a college prep program at Grand Junction High School for students who want to go to college but come from disadvantaged backgrounds.  It spans grades 11-12 and includes 19 students and three teachers.

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