Vail Police Department’s annual food drive under way |

Vail Police Department’s annual food drive under way

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Police Department’s 10th annual Make a Difference Day Food Drive is under way. The Make a Difference Day event on Oct. 23 is observed in many communities across the U.S. While other communities might choose to improve a family’s home, feed the homeless in a big city or work at a nonprofit organization’s facility, Vail Code Enforcement Officer Moses Gonzales had a different idea. Gonzales started the food drive a decade ago when he realized there was an unmet need for the less fortunate in Eagle County.

Last year over 300,000 pounds of food was collected. The goal this year is to collect 400,000 by Oct. 23. Eagle County schools will be collecting food the week of Oct. 18, followed by a collection at participating grocery stores on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers from public safety agencies throughout Eagle County will be assisting in the effort.

Food collection points are currently in place at City Market in Vail and the Town of Vail Municipal Building. On Oct. 23, the collection points will be expanded to include Safeway and Sim’s Market in Vail; City Market in Avon; Village Market in Edwards; City Market and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office in Eagle; and Columbine Market in Gypsum.

Donations of cash or food may be made at any time. Each dollar raised equals five pounds of food. Make checks payable to: “TOV Food Drive,” Vail Police Department, 75 S. Frontage Rd.- All donations are distributed locally to the Salvation Army, the Bright Future Foundation and the Food Rescue Express.

For more information, call Gonzales at 479-2210.

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