New executive director hopes to build LIFT-UP holiday program
With the holidays around the corner, LIFT-UP launched its Donate the Plate campaign this month to provide a Thanksgiving meal for families in need.
Last year, the program provided more than 2,100 families with Holiday Fare food boxes, a number new Executive Director Amy Barr would like to top in 2017.
“The goal is for everyone to enjoy a traditional holiday meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas including turkey, green beans, potatoes, pie and all the trimmings,” she said in a press release. “Unfortunately there are still families and individuals who are hungry throughout the entire year and throughout our service area.”
Donate the Plate provides holiday food to families from Aspen to De Beque and needs support from the entire Western Slope.
The organization is asking community members to donate nonperishable holiday food, such as canned corn and green beans, boxed stuffing and potatoes and more.
Those looking to donate can head to any of the local drop-off locations listed or visit Liftup.org.
A fresh start with Barr
This holiday season will be the organization’s first with Barr who joined LIFT-UP in October. She led United Way Battlement to the Bells for the past six years. She also served as the business manager for The Salvation Army-Inter Valley Service in Glenwood Springs.
“Amy’s nonprofit experience and relationships throughout the valley will expand LIFT-UP’s 35-year legacy and service,” said LIFT-UP board president Jody Wilson in a press release. “In addition, her passion and interest in food and nutrition makes her an ideal fit as we take steps in growing LIFT-UP in the years ahead.”
Prior to her work in the Roaring Fork Valley, Barr, a registered dietitian with more than three decades of food and nutrition experience, spent time volunteering for nonprofits and institutions as well as stints in corporate management.
She looks forward to building LIFT-UP’s legacy following Kim Loving’s departure.
“Here at LIFT-UP, we are fighting hunger among mountains of plenty,” Barr said. “The good news is that our community continues to be shocked by the level of poverty and hunger in our area, and they reach out to support us, especially through our annual Donate to the Plate seasonal fundraiser, and through easy-to-run food-donation drives.”
In 2017, 13,549 clients have received 36,071 bags of groceries and 3,024 meals have been served through the organization’s Meal Monkey program.