Today started off with us “getting the hell out of Dodge” City at 8AM, which, I must tell you, is not the prettiest sight. After a long bus ride, we finally arrived at the Food Bank of the Rockies, our first stop in Colorado. We were greeted there by Buck, one of the workers at the bank. In our time there, we learned a number of intriguing facts about hunger in the United States. For example, fourteen percent of all Americans do not know where their next meal will come from. Additionally, one dollar is enough to feed a family of four at the food bank. What I find incredible is that the Food Bank of the Rockies exports 127,000 pounds of food each day and has a daily operating cost of $41,000. I could never have even fathomed how large of a problem hunger is in a first world country like the United States. A guest speaker from Mazon: the Jewish Response to Hunger stopped by and explained to us how the organization addresses this issue from a Jewish point of view, which was also very interesting. This was an eye-opening experience.
After we left the food bank, we ventured to downtown Denver, stopping at the 16th street mall for free time to shop and have dinner. I had the opportunity to meet up with my aunt and uncle from Denver, which I really enjoyed.
Capping off the day was a visit to the Lakeside amusement park, which was, as Billy said, taking a step back in time. Although our time there was cut short, it was an enjoyable experience.