David Freseman, the executive director of LIFT-UP, was absolutely thrilled at the turnout for Saturday's food drive.
It was held at Clark's Market and by the end of the drive, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Freseman estimated that customers and the store had donated more than $1,000 worth of food.
He said LIFT-UP received a wide variety of food and staples, which will help fill shelves that appeared to be down to a few cans late last week.
In fact, until the food drive, LIFT-UP was scrounging up bags of dried beans to give out to the hungry. There were some concerns that some of the younger "clients" might not know how to prepare dried beans.
That had changed by Saturday evening when the food bank had received at least 50 bags worth of groceries.
But what was even more remarkable, more inspiring, were the eight youth from Mission of Grace Baptist Church in Hayden who coordinated the food drive.
Freseman related how those eight youngsters really delved into the project.
In order to understand hunger, they fasted for 30 hours, starting the food drive on Hour 22.
Freseman said it is not uncommon for some of his clients to go for that long, and some even longer, without having a bite to eat.
And that's the real crux of the matter hunger.
While we celebrate the success of the food drive, we as a community must realize that even in this paradise we call Steamboat Springs there is hunger and there will be hunger. And while one successful food drive will change that in the short term, it doesn't mean we can clap our hands and forget.
The LIFT-UP food bank has bins at all three grocery stores in Steamboat Springs for your convenience. Or, if you're feeling really motivated, drop food by the bank itself at the old junior high school behind the Seventh Street Playhouse, Aspen Street entrance.
There are many who hunger for your help.