49,000 that’s a staggering number. Especially when you consider that number reflects how many families are in need in our communities. Thousands and thousands, in our neighborhoods, that are already considered to be living in suburban poverty or at risk of living in suburban poverty. For so many, one twist of fate can spiral a situation completely out of control. It could be the loss of a job, unexpected medical bills or another unfortunate circumstance. Whatever the circumstances, people living in 42 different zip codes in Douglas, Arapahoe and Elbert counties are struggling to turn those circumstances around.
SECORCares believes that kids and families in need deserve to be treated with dignity and provides food and financial services to help restore their hope as they strive for a better future.

If you’ve not heard of SECORCares or had the privilege of volunteering with them, their philosophy and practice is different than your typical food bank. At SECOR, guests walk their cart through the aisles of the market to select food for their family. Just like anyone else at a market, shoppers can select items that their family will actually eat as well as plan around any allergies or food sensitivities their family may have.

Helping families through their market and services at their current location off Pine Drive isn’t the only way SECOR reaches the community. Through the Food for Thought Program, SECOR serves 600 children and their families through 15 schools. Services like this are crucial as studies have shown that:
·Hungry children exhibited 7 to 12 times as many symptoms of aggressive behavior than their at-risk or not-hungry peers.

·Hungry children were significantly more likely to receive special education services, to have repeated a grade in school and to have received mental health counseling.

·Hungry children suffer growth impairment that greatly hinders their full physical potential.

·Hungry children are sick more often, and more likely to have to be hospitalized.

Over 30,000 children in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert counties go without food on the weekends, but SECOR, with help from corporate partners and community members are working to change that, but with the need so great, the need for more people to partner with SECOR continues to grow. Right now, SECOR has requests from more than 25 new schools representing more than 1,500 children each week who need help. By partnering with SECOR and Food for Thought, you will help to provide healthy food for the most vulnerable children, giving them meals for the weekend. Each week the leadership and counselors from these schools gives SECOR the names of the most at-risk students. Food for the family is bagged, delivered to the school and discretely distributed to those families, most of the time by a liaison at the school.

In order to continue to serve and enable others to serve, SECOR is breaking ground on a new, much larger facility adjacent to their current location. This new location will allow for 4x the warehouse space, allowing for that much more food storage and the ability to, hopefully, house even more services, such as a possibly providing a local SNAP office (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or other services.

One very exciting new venture that is already in the works is the new Mobile Grocery Market that will be hitting the streets as soon as September. This specially adapted truck will allow those who may not be able to get to SECOR to still have the same opportunity to shop for food for their families. Groceries for 80-100 families can be loaded into the truck and per stop, allowing other programs (churches/outreach programs/food banks) who don’t have the resources or the space to house the volume of food needed to still provide this service to families in need. Once the new warehouse facility is finished and the process is streamlined, SECOR hopes to eventually be able to serve up to 200 families each day the truck goes out.

To keep the market shelves full, more partners are always needed and appreciated. The cost of food has gone up 40% in the last year and where SECOR used to get 85%-95% of food free from partners (stores) that were able to donate, that number has dropped to 40% of the food being donated. Needs for partnerships don’t end there. SECOR is always looking for those willing to lend a hand. Families are welcome to come in together to help. 8-15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent, 16+ can come on their own. Volunteers 18 and under will be helping in the warehouse. Help is appreciated at SECOR as well a at SECOR events. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, call Sarah Piquard – Volunteer Coordinator at 720.651.3207.

The work that SECOR does could fill volumes and the impact their programming is making reaches so many. The domino effect of what SECOR and their partners are doing and what they still plan to do is astounding and will be life changing for so many families and other organizations. To find out more, go to To get involved now, check out all the upcoming events benefitting SECOR!

SECORCares Gala and Auction Sunday, July 29th, 6pm, at the Hilton Denver Inverness Enjoy an amazing meal and bid on fantastic items at the live and silent auction (like an authentic Rolling Stone guitar!)

SECORCares Charity Golf Scramble, July 30th, 10am, The Club at Ravenna (11118 Caretaker Road, Littleton)

August 12th, Six Blocks for SECOR, 2pm at the Parker Fieldhouse

Start training for the 1K! Your $30 entry fee gets you Your Parker 1K T-shirt, Donuts, Pastries, Beer, Pizza, Sliders, AND Wings from amazing local sponsors, Fun on bouncy castle and dunk tank & A DJ and more! Kids under 18 run for free (no t-shirt) if they bring packages of toilet paper for SECORCares’

9/16 Grape Stomp to Stomp out Hunger for SECOR, September 16th at Flat Acre Farms Four teams will compete at a time with 90 seconds to stomp. The winner of each heat will advance to the grand championship round held at the end of the day. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as the best “I LOVE LUCY“ look-alike contest winner. The Stomp will be followed by a delicious Farm to Table meal from Rory’s Diner.

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