A little-known fact about the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is that its captains are excellent grocery baggers. In fact, they're good enough to have won this year's Bag-Off competition on April …
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Each county office’s employees are participating in the Jeffco Employee Food & Cash Drive, and community members may also make donations. Monetary donations can be made directly through each food bank’s website, or, food donations can be made by contacting HSCommunications@jeffco.us for information on drop off locations.
Evergreen Christian Outreach, 27640 CO-74, Evergreen. 303-670-1796. www.evergreenchristianoutreach.org
Community Table, 8555 W. 57th Ave., Arvada. 303-424-6685. https://cotable.org/
Light of the World, 10316 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. 303-973-3969. https://lotw.org/
The Action Center, 8755 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-7704. https://theactioncenterco.org/
A little-known fact about the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is that its captains are excellent grocery baggers.
In fact, they're good enough to have won this year's Bag-Off competition on April 24.
The competition “is a lot of fun,” said Capt. Jimmy Lucas. But the reason the sheriff's office competes, he added, is because “it's for such a worthy cause.”
The Bag-Off, in its fourth annual year, is a friendly competition among county employees, elected and appointed officials and others in county leadership roles to see who can bag groceries the fastest. The Bag-Off competition is a fun way to raise awareness of the need for food donations in Jeffco, and it serves as a kickoff event for the Jeffco Employee Food & Cash Drive.
“They take the competition seriously and have a lot of fun with it,” said Mallory Albi, the public affairs coordinator for Jefferson County Human Services. “But it's really about how much we can give to the community's families in need.”
Now in its 25th annual year, the Jeffco Employee Food & Cash Drive is a county-wide effort that each county office participates in to benefit local food banks. It takes place May 1-17 this year. Four local food banks will benefit from the efforts — Community Table, the Evergreen Christian Outreach, Light of the World and The Action Center.
Last year, Jeffco employees collected nearly $6,000 in monetary donations for the food banks. As for food donations, this year's goal is to generate at least 6,000 pounds of food — an increase of 500 pounds from last year's amount donated.
“We have so many children in Jefferson County who are on free-and-reduced lunch,” said Lynnae Flora, deputy director of Jefferson County Human Services.
Jeffco Public Schools reports that the number of students on free-and-reduced lunch varies greatly by area, but the district-wide average during the 2018-19 school year was 31.2 percent of Jeffco students were on free-and-reduced lunch.
The summer months, when school is not in session, are particularly hard on these families, Flora said. The Jeffco Employee Food & Cash Drive helps the food banks provide adequate, nutritious food to Jeffco families and community members who need it most throughout the summer.
This is the first year for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to win the Bag-Off competition. They took the title from last year's winners, Jefferson County Public Health. The Bag-Off takes place at the Golden King Soopers each year, and as winners of this year's contest the sheriff's office will receive credit for the King Soopers food donation — the groceries used for the Bag-Off.
“The sheriff's office is so much more than law enforcement,” said Capt. Scott Happ. “This is a natural way for us to dive in and get involved with the community.”
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