The teams of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment - Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth - and Altitude Sports & Entertainment hosted Lift Up America food distribution at Pepsi Center on Thursday, December 13.
LUA is made possible by a donation of 30,000 pounds of protein from Tyson Chicken and nearly 60 local food banks – partners of Food Bank of the Rockies were the grateful recipients.
Defender Marvell Wynne, goalkeeper Chris Sharpe, and mascto Edson the Eagle assisted representatives from the other teams in loading trucks for distribution. This is the fifth consecutive year the Rapids have participated.
Lift Up America was founded in 2004 with a mission to give back to communities across America. Their aim is to feed the nation’s hungry, provide hearing and vision screenings, as well as, prescription hearing aids and eyewear to American children in need.
- An estimated 5.7 million people receive emergency food assistance each week, and more than one in every three households experience very low food security, according to the 2010 Hunger in America Report.
- Lift Up America and Tyson Foods have established a unique partnership with professional and college sports teams from around the U.S., to create awareness of the needs that exist within our country, and to encourage leaders from all walks of life to come together in creative, compassionate ways to address those needs.
- The need for food assistance is greater than ever. Last year, FBR distributed more than 35.7 million pounds of food, through a network of more than 1,100 not-for-profit agencies.
- For the past 10 years, Tyson has been actively engaged in hunger relief. Since 2000, the company has donated nearly 90 million pounds of protein.