Fresh, Healthy Food and Fellowship in Leadville
Finding fresh, healthy food in the high country can be a challenge, especially in the winter. So here are a couple of options – something old and something new – thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
One of the best things going on in Leadville is the St. George Community Meal Program. The dedication that Revs. Ali and George Lufkin, and their countless volunteers have shown over the years is quite palpable. Every week they make it happen!
Whether it’s feeding the hungry, or simply creating a welcoming place where people from all walks, can gather around a table, an altar, or a stage, St. George Church is an integral part of the local community.
While the Community Meals program runs year-round, during the summer months the program has a need for volunteers (individuals or groups) who would be willing to “Adopt-A-Meal” one Saturday. Or maybe even one Saturday a month?
For those interested in helping, they would come at 4 p.m. with a simple meal prepared and ready to serve, or you may borrow the church’s large pans, if needed. Meal service would be for approximately 30 people. A Meal Coordinator would be there to greet you, help you serve the meal, clean up and available for any questions or assistance.
Please call Ali at 719-486-4731 if you have any interest. St George Church is located at 200 W 4th Street in Leadville.
St. George Church is also the distribution center for Food Bank of the Rockies. The big semi truck can be found in Leadville on the third Wednesday of every month, the next date being February 17. They distribute FREE food to the local community.
The distribution takes place from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. If you, or someone you know is in need, please stop by for a food box. Volunteers to help with distribution are also appreciated.
Food Bank of the Rockies is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Colorado, providing food for more than 350,000 people annually.
Leadville Residents Bring It To The Table – FINALLY!
The Leadville Bountiful Baskets site is being started by Lesli Crenshaw and Dena Strader and is completely volunteer driven. Things are slated to be up and running by this March, with the first fresh food delivery anticipated shortly after that, this Spring. So here’s an update on their progress and how you can take advantage of getting fresh groceries delivered to you in Leadville and Lake County.
From salad and soup packs, to conventional and organic groceries, Bountiful Baskets offers fresh, healthy items, ending the ongoing frustration of other local, unreliable options. The Co-op offers a conventional produce basket every other week which is generally ½ fruit and ½ veggies. The monetary contribution is $15 and is generally worth $50 retail. Organic baskets require a contribution of $25.
According to the Leadville volunteer site coordinators, Crenshaw and Strader, the local interest has been enthusiastic, however they need a few more participants in order to reach the magic number of 80 people. Seems easy enough, so to register, readers and eaters can go to bountifulbaskets.org.
Participants can set up a FREE account, with a Leadville address which will tally towards the local number.
Once that requirement is met, things move along pretty quickly and before long, a regular semi-truck will be rolling into town to fill your refrigerator and dinner table with fresh, healthy foods for the family. Readers may also connect with the group on their Facebook Page: LINK.
“We’re hoping to have all of the criteria met by mid March,” stated Bountiful Baskets organizer Lesli Crenshaw. “We’re excited to get this program up and running for Leadville!”
So there you have it Leadville. In a world where there are a lot of promises and so few results, it’s the counter balance of private citizens who want to do the right thing, that are getting the job done. Bon Appetite!