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Weld Food Bank gets visit from Colorado Eagles, added to Target partnership – Greeley Tribune

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The Colorado Eagles spent part of Wednesday volunteering at the Weld Food Bank, which has seen a major uptick in meals served due to COVID-19.

Staff members bagged string cheese sticks, among other tasks, for summer meal programs that assist kids in Weld County. The bags were 24 ounces and provided enough individually-wrapped cheese sticks for four children.

“It was an incredible experience for our staff to help play a small role in assisting with the amazing work that is done each and every day at the Weld County Food Bank,” said Eagles president and General Manager Chris Stewart. “These past several months have created an even greater need in our community and we can’t thank the volunteers and donors enough, as they are the true heroes that lead the charge to end hunger in our own backyard.”

Weld Food Bank served 13.6 million meals last year. It has already provided 16 million meals since the beginning of January.

The Eagles took to social media to share their experience and encourage fans, wherever they may be located, to volunteer with the food bank in their area.

“Your local food bank needs you this summer,” a tweet said. “They’re delivering more food now than ever before. If you’re healthy and able, we encourage you to contact your local food bank to find out how you can serve.”

One way residents can help the food bank is by voting for it on the Target mobile app. Members of the Target Circle rewards system can go to their account on the app, click “Circle” and under available earnings select “Vote for nonprofits.”

Every three months Target selects nonprofit organizations to receive a donation. The donation amounts depend on the number of votes each organization receives. Weld Food Bank announced on Facebook this week it was selected and asked residents to vote. Target Circle members receive multiple votes, which can all go to one nonprofit or multiple.

Other ways people can help include volunteering, donating financially or donating goods.

COVID-19 created a 92% increase in people needing to access the food bank’s mobile food pantry, according to its informational paragraph on the Target app.

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