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Denver7 Champions Holiday Donation Program to Feed the Community

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Denver,Colorado (PR MediaRelease) November 14, 2016

Families in need across the Colorado Front Range will have nutritious food this holiday season thanks to local holiday heroes. The Denver7 Holiday Heroes is a holiday donation campaign made possible by a new partnership between Denver7, Whole Foods Markets, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Food Bank of the Rockies and Community Food Share.

“Denver7 is in a great position to connect organizations for a great cause and feed our local community,” said Brad Remington, general manager for KMGH. “We are proud to partner with other companies who have the passion to make a difference, and expect this to be an annual campaign.”

Throughout the month of November, monetary donations will be collected at 15 participating Whole Foods Markets and 11 Security Service Federal Credit Union locations along the Colorado Front Range. Online donations are being collected

All donations will be used to support weekend food programs for local children and their families administered by Food Bank of the Rockies in Metro Denver and Community Food Share in Boulder and Broomfield. Donations contributed at Whole Foods will provide food for these programs under Whole Foods’ private label, 365 Everyday Value. Prior to the holiday break, food distribution to local schoolchildren will be managed by Food Bank of the Rockies and Community Food Share.

“Too many families in our community don’t always have enough money to provide three healthy meals for everyone in the household, especially on weekends when school meals aren’t available,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO at Food Bank of the Rockies.

“Nutritious food is vital for families and children,” adds Michelle Orge, executive director at Community Food Share. “Funds raised allow us to connect healthy food to those that need it.”

Fundraising drives for food fit the core values and expertise of the participating organizations. Denver7 Holiday Heroes is an expansion of Whole Foods “Feed4More” seasonal campaign and Food Bank of the Rockies “Totes for Hope” program. The Holiday Heroes campaign is modeled after other successful Denver7 community programs.

“Last year, Whole Foods Markets raised over $195,000 in its Denver and Boulder stores to help feed families and kids in need through local food banks and pantries,” said Nancy Kaskel, Colorado metro marketing and community relations for Whole Foods Market. “We are proud to be a part of the Holiday Heroes campaign to help feed kids and families all over Colorado.”

The generosity of holiday heroes will feed more families and kids in need thanks to the partnership that Denver7 forged between companies with national brands.

“The collaboration of various partners allows more people to make an impact on those less fortunate in our community,” said Brandy Ralston-Lint, senior vice president of corporate communications for Security Service Federal Credit Union. “We all have the same goal, to collect as many resources as possible to provide meals to those children and families who otherwise would go without.”

To learn more about the Denver7 Holiday Heroes campaign go to http://thedenverchannel.com/holidayheroes.

About Denver7
Denver7 provides useful, interesting news and updates on breaking news to people in the Denver metro area, the state of Colorado across and the world using multiple platforms to connect with its audience. Founded in 1953 and acquired by Scripps in 2011, Denver7 boldly stands up for the concerns of Colorado families and passionately works with the community to make Colorado a better place to live. For more information, visit thedenverchannel.com.

About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households. It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including podcast industry leader Midroll Media and over-the-top video news service Newsy. Scripps also produces television shows including “THE LIST” and ”The Now,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the long-time steward of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

About Whole Foods Market
Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, the first national “Certified Organic” grocer, and uniquely positioned as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™. In fiscal year 2015, the Company had sales of approximately $15 billion and has 436 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market employs approximately 85,000 team members and has been ranked for 19 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine. For more information, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with 73 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at www.ssfcu.org or call 1-800-52-SSFCU.

About Food Bank of the Rockies
Food Bank of the Rockies, a non-profit organization, distributed nearly 60 million meals last year through our direct service programs and partner agencies, serving clients in Northern Colorado, including Metro Denver, and the entire state of Wyoming. 1 in 7 Coloradans, including nearly 1 in 4 Colorado children, struggle with hunger. Since 1978, FBR has provided more than 566 million meals to people in need in our community. Food Bank of the Rockies is a member of Feeding America. For additional information, please visit www.foodbankrockies.org.

About Community Food Share
Community Food Share’s mission is to be a leader in our community’s effort to end hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Last year, Community Food Share provided food for more than 9.1 million meals. Food is distributed through a network of more than 40 local non-profit organizations as well as Community Food Share’s onsite and mobile pantries that directly serve low-income families and seniors. To find out how you can give gifts of food, funds, and time, visit communityfoodshare.org.

Matt Laws
Denver7
Creative Director
303-832-0103
matt.laws@kmgh.com

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