Centennial, Colorado, Mar. 2, 2021 – Colorado Public Radio's just-concluded Winter Membership Drive will help feed 4,400 families for a week. The drive raised over $650,000 from more than 4,700 donors, supporting CPR's important news and cultural programming. The first 4,444 gifts prompted a match from the Singer Family Foundation to feed a family for a week through a collaboration with the state's five regional food banks and Feeding Colorado.
“At Colorado Public Radio, we work to provide facts and information for Coloradans to navigate through the news of the day, while providing a place for community and engagement,” explained Jim East, CPR’s senior vice president of development. “That’s no less true a year into this pandemic, when many of our neighbors are still facing food insecurity. Working with our regional food banks through Feeding Colorado and the Singer Family Foundation, we were able to elevate awareness of CPR’s needs and the needs of the food banks, while raising vital support for both.”
Nearly a year into the COVID-19 crisis, Colorado food banks’ services remain in high demand. On average, it costs a Colorado food bank $22.50 to feed a single parent and two children for a week. For the first 4,444 donors to CPR during this drive, the Singer Family Foundation contributed $22.50 to Feeding Colorado, up to $100,000.
"We decided to partner with CPR to support food banks around our state because we recognize that CPR listeners are aware of what's going on and the needs that are so pronounced right now,” said Cintra Pollack, secretary treasurer of the Singer Family Foundation. “And we don't want people who want to support the station and who value this great service to our community to have to make a choice when they're worried about people not being able to eat."
During this tremendous time of need, Colorado food banks are distributing enough food for more than 420,000 meals per day and more than 12.8 million meals per month. Feeding Colorado is the connecting organization that supports five regional food banks:
- Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
- Community Food Share
- Weld Food Bank
- Food Bank of the Rockies
- Food Bank for Larimer County
About Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization delivering meaningful news, music, and cultural experiences to everyone in Colorado using the power of the human voice in all its forms. Roughly 95 percent of CPR’s funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations. For more information, visit www.cpr.org.
- CPR News delivers in-depth, insightful and impartial news and information from around the world, across the nation and throughout Colorado, examining its relevance to our state and connecting it to our community.
- CPR Classical takes listeners on an in-depth exploration of thoughtfully curated music – with an emphasis on Colorado’s classical community – providing context to a broad range of meaningful and compelling works from past to present.
- Indie 102.3 takes listeners inside the world of new and independent music – exposing them to up-and-coming artists and highlighting Colorado’s local music scene.
- Denverite is an online news source dedicated to Denver's curious and concerned.
- KRCC is a public radio station in Colorado Springs, Colorado, serving Southern Colorado. KRCC is operated by Colorado Public Radio in partnership with Colorado College.