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Around the Dinner Table

Posted by The Team at iHOMES COLORADO on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 7:00am.

Helping the community is something that is near and dear to our heart. Here at iHOMESCOLORADO we are very grateful that we know where our next meal is coming from and that we are able to spend dinner time with our loved ones. Unfortunately, not everyone is in this position so that is why it is so very important for us to volunteer at the Food Bank and collect food donations at our open houses to help those in need. We cannot stress this enough.

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Above: our team bringing in food donations to the Food Bank of the Rockies from our open house 'CAN'paigns

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Above: Together with the DIRECTV team we completed 10 pallets.

 

Why is food and family meals important?

 

There are many reasons why family meals are important according to an article published by the North Dakota State University (NDSU). The biggest benefit according to the article is that family meals give an opportunity to create a consistent and meaningful experience which provides a feeling of belonging. Another benefit to families from having regular family meals is that families are able to talk, connect and find out what is going on in each others' lives. Family mealtime also provides structure to a child's life and the ability to learn family values that can be passed on from generation to generation.

 

Food in itself is important because it fuels our bodies. According to an article from Health.com, they referenced to a survey made on 9 to 14 year old children that found that during family dinners children were likely to eat more fruits and vegetables and less soda and fried foods. In their diets they also had higher amounts of key nutrients such as calcium and fiber. This is important because children who do not get all the nutrients they need don't develop as they should so their ability to learn, communicate, think analytically, and socialize effectively are compromised according to an article by The World Bank.

 

Volunteering at the Food Bank

 

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This week we headed to the Food Bank of the Rockies to do our monthly team volunteering. We met an incredible team from DIRECTV and together we worked on the assignment given to us. Our task this time was to fill boxes with various things such as drinks, cereal, household goods, baby food, etc. and load them on pallets. Once these pallets were stocked, they were then transferred to their warehouse to be distributed into orders from local charities. As a big team, all the volunteers filling those boxes and packing the pallets were able to complete ten pallets. This is why we LOVE working as a team because together we can achieve MORE!

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Our final closing thoughts are: we know that the kitchen and kitchen table have accounted for a large part of family time, growth and development in the past (and sill does) so we want to ask you to remember those in need – especially as we approach the holidays. If you are able to volunteer at the food bank, a kitchen, community event, donate or contribute please do so. You will be making such a huge difference to someone in need.

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Please join us during our next volunteer session at the Food Bank of the Rockies by following our Facebook Page.

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