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“The Thousand Can Drive” To Accept Produce Donations on September 25
Glenwood Springs, CO. — Glenwood Insurance Agency’s Thousand Can Drive will culminate at 4 p.m. on September 25 with a ceremony to count and donate the cans or non-perishable items to LIFT-UP in the parking lot in front of the offices at 1605 Grand Avenue. In addition to cans and non-perishables, the final count will also include a produce drive hosted by LiveWell of Garfield County and Eagle Springs Organic.
Last year over 3400 items were donated to LIFT-UP and this year, Bank of Colorado and ANB Bank will add to the total collected by the dentists’ offices of Corey I. Johnson, DDS. and Murray Dental. Glenwood Insurance Agency has also expanded their efforts this year by collecting items at Carbondale Insurance Service and Sterling Insurance in Aspen.
“We’re happy to bring awareness to a very serious issue that impacts many in our valley. The valley’s hungry go unnoticed to most of us so it’s encouraging to see added interest from the community. It’s also fun to have local businesses competing for such a good ca use. ” said Ian Exelbert, COO of Glenwood Insurance Agency. “With the addition of two local banks and now Eagle Springs Organic we should be able to fill LIFT-UP’s trucks.”
LIFT-UP’s vehicles will be joined this year by a truck from Eagle Springs Organic which will allow for produce donations during the counting ceremony. Community members, producers, gardeners and others are encouraged to donate excess produce that would otherwise go bad or go uneaten at the ceremony on September 25 between 3 and 5p.m.
Eagle Springs Organic will match food donations up to 1000 lbs of food. Ken Sack, Owner of Eagle Springs Organic also promises to process any donated wild game or custom exempt cows, pigs, sheep or goats for LIFT-UP. “It’s a fantastic cause and we’re happy to help out. Anything we can do to help out before the holidays is a step in the right direction.”
Dana Wood of LiveWell of Garfield County arranged the relationship when she heard about the Thousand Can Drive. “One of LiveWell Garfield County’s goals is to increase healthy food access and the consumption of fruits and vegetables among those that are at the highest risk for obesity. This is a perfect opportunity to do just that.”
Fans, parents and players of the Glenwood Springs High School football team are also invited to make donations prior to the game against Grand Junction Central that begins at 7 p.m.
Those that would like to help Glenwood Insurance Agency may make donations prior to the ceremony at 1605 Grand Avenue, Unit K in Glenwood Springs, or at Carbondale Insurance Service at 502 Main Street in Carbondale or Sterling Insurance at 300 Aspen in the Aspen Business Center.
Glenwood Insurance Agency’s “Thousand Can Drive” attempts to match or exceed the amount of cans collected by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park throughout the summer at the Music on the Mountain, which is an on-going food drive for LIFT-UP which allows patrons to ride the Iron Mountain Tramway for free with the donation of a can or other non-perishable item.