Thousand Can Drive is under way |

Thousand Can Drive is under way

Glenwood Insurance Agency’s Thousand Can Drive will culminate at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 with a ceremony to count and donate the cans or nonperishable items to LIFT-UP in the parking lot in front of the offices at 1605 Grand Ave. In addition to cans and nonperishables, the final count will also include a produce drive hosted by LiveWell of Garfield County and Eagle Springs Organic.

More than 3,400 items were donated last year to LIFT-UP. This year, Bank of Colorado and ANB Bank will add to the total collected by the dentists’ offices of Corey I. Johnson and Murray Dental. Glenwood Insurance Agency has also expanded its efforts by collecting items at Carbondale Insurance Service and Sterling Insurance in Aspen.

“We’re happy to bring awareness to a very serious issue that impacts many in our valley. The valley’s hungry go unnoticed to most of us so it’s encouraging to see added interest from the community,” said Ian Exelbert, COO of Glenwood Insurance Agency. “With the addition of two local banks and now Eagle Springs Organic we should be able to fill LIFT-UP’s trucks.”

LIFT-UP’s vehicles will be joined this year by a truck from Eagle Springs Organic, which will allow for produce donations during the counting ceremony. Community members, producers, gardeners and others are encouraged to donate excess produce that would otherwise go bad or go uneaten at the ceremony between 3 and 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

Eagle Springs Organic will match food donations up to 1,000 pounds of food. Ken Sack, owner of Eagle Springs Organic, also promises to process any donated wild game and certain livestock for LIFT-UP.

Dana Wood of LiveWell of Garfield County arranged the relationship when she heard about the Thousand Can Drive. “One of LiveWell Garfield County’s goals is to increase healthy food access and the consumption of fruits and vegetables among those that are at the highest risk for obesity,” she said. “This is a perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Fans, parents and players of the Glenwood Springs High School football team are also invited to make donations prior to the game against Grand Junction Central that begins at 7 p.m.

Those wishing to help Glenwood Insurance Agency may make donations prior to the ceremony at 1605 Grand, Unit K, in Glenwood Springs, or at Carbondale Insurance Service at 502 Main St. or Sterling Insurance at 300 Aspen in the Aspen Business Center.

Glenwood Insurance Agency’s “Thousand Can Drive” attempts to match or exceed the number of cans collected by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park throughout the summer at the Music on the Mountain, which is an ongoing food drive for LIFT-UP that allows patrons to ride the Iron Mountain Tramway for free with the donation of a can or other nonperishable item.

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