Colorado Mountain Express’ annual Fill the Van food drive begins Monday, Nov. 13 | VailDaily.com

Colorado Mountain Express’ annual Fill the Van food drive begins Monday, Nov. 13

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EAGLE COUNTY — Colorado Mountain Express will host its 20th annual Fill the Van food drive on Saturday, Nov. 18, when thousands of pounds of food will be collected for food banks across Colorado's mountain communities. CME vans will be parked outside select grocery stores throughout Summit County, Eagle County and the Roaring Fork Valley accepting food donations from Monday, Nov. 13, to Friday, Nov. 17.

As part of the joint fund-raising effort between Colorado Mountain Express, Vail Resorts EpicPromise, the Vail, Avon and Eagle police departments, the Eagle County Sheriff's Department and 9NEWS 9Cares Colorado Shares statewide food drive, the collected donations will remain in the county in which they are donated. Beneficiaries include the Family & Intercultural Resource Center and Father Dyer Food Bank in Summit County, Vail Valley Salvation Army and Lift Up in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Vail Resorts, CME's parent company, is also participating in Fill the Van at its Broomfield headquarters as part of the company's EpicPromise program social responsibility and environmental stewardship program. Donations from Broomfield will benefit the Louisville Community Food Share and the Denver Rescue Mission's turkey drive, A Turkey on Every Table.

"For two decades, CME has been filling local food bank pantries and supporting people in need," said company vice president and general manager John Dawsey. "We're looking forward to another successful drive this year and are excited about the opportunity to support two wonderful nonprofits, the Louisville Community Food Share and Denver Rescue Mission, with this year's donations."

Local collection sites for food and monetary donations include City Market and Walmart in Avon, City Market in Eagle, Village Market in Edwards and City Market and Safeway in Vail.

In addition to the Nov. 18 collections, Eagle County police departments and emergency responders will visit local schools to collect donations on Friday, Nov. 17. Teachers and school administrators set forth a challenge to each grade to collect the most food.

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For more information, go to http://www.coloradomountainexpress.com or http://www.epicpromise.com.