Vail police food drive is Oct. 24 |

Vail police food drive is Oct. 24

Vail Daily staff report
Vail CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Vail’s ninth annual “Make a Difference Day” food drive is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Vail Police Department parking lot, 75 S. Frontage Rd. The town has set its most ambitious goal yet for collections.

The Police Department is coordinating the drive and wants to collect 450,000 pounds of food, well beyond the 250,000 goal set last year. With collections underway throughout the summer, the drive has already netted 33,000 pounds, including 700 pounds collected during a softball game kickoff between Vail’s public safety team and the New York Philharmonic in July.

Donations of food, cash or checks can be made the day of the drive or in advance from now until Oct. 24 throughout the valley. Food collection points are in place at City Market, Safeway, Sim’s Market and the Town of Vail Municipal Building 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 will also be accepted at Eagle River Fire Protection District facilities in Eagle-Vail, Avon and Minturn and at most Eagle County schools.

“Make a Difference Day” is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and is the nation’s largest day of volunteering. Events such as clothing drives and community clean-up days will be taking place across the country.

For Vail’s collection drive, non-perishable items such as canned goods, rice, beans, pasta, cereal and juices are suggested and needed. Participants are asked to refrain from donating items stored in glass containers, items with expired dates or homemade food items. Cash or checks made out to “TOV Make a Difference Day” are also appreciated and can be brought or mailed to the Vail Municipal Building at 75 S. Frontage Road, Vail, CO 81657.

“We must keep in mind that many of our neighbors and friends we help with the food drive have children,” Vail Code Enforcement Officer and Food Drive Coordinator Moses Gonzales said. “It’s important to remember that even a small contribution can make a big difference to someone struggling to feed themselves or their family.”

All food collected will remain in Eagle County with 100 percent of the donations going to food. For details, contact Gonzales at 970-376-6952.

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