About Community Food Bank in Grand Junction
The Community Food Bank began operations in 1978 in the basement of a Grand Junction Presbyterian Church. Over the course of almost 40 years, the locations and partnerships have changed, expanded and evolved, but the core mission has remained the same throughout the years: to provide emergency food boxes to any and all hungry Mesa County individuals and families, without exclusion, while maintaining or enhancing client dignity.
The Emergency Food Program effort is the primary program of Community Food Bank. Using a just-in-time order process, the Emergency Food Program provides nutritious food items, assembled upon request and based on the size of the family. Any current resident of Mesa County is eligible to receive a food box. Clients may receive up to nine food boxes per year. Residents of Mesa County are eligible to access the centrally located site of Community Food Bank all weekdays (except Wednesday) during the hours of operation listed at the bottom of this page.
In the over 39 years since the Community Food Bank first responded to the need for emergency food with a box of shelf-staple grocery items, many programs to distribute food or offer prepared meals to feed the hungry have begun. The Community Food Bank remains the only program to provide unrestricted access to food 52 weeks per year. No one is turned away. Without the Community Food Bank the patchwork quilt of local food pantries would be rapidly depleted and the hungry working poor families of Mesa County would find themselves chasing food from elusive sources.
The mission of the Community Food Bank is to provide an emergency supply of nutritious food to Mesa County individuals and families in crisis.
Marsha became the Executive Director for the Community Food Bank in November of 2017. She was previously the Program Manager for the Gray Gourmet – Mesa County’s Senior Nutrition & Meals On Wheels Program. Sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital, the donation-based program produces over 400 lunchtime meals each weekday. Marsha was at Gray Gourmet for nearly five years. As the Program Manager, she directed day-to-day operations, including food service, fundraising, budgeting, volunteer management, and staff. Previously, she served as the General Manger for the Mesa County Fairgrounds from 2003 to 2011. While there, she ushered in many new shows and events, and was the producer of the annual County Fair.
Marsha lives in downtown Palisade and has been a resident there since 2002. She loves travel, live music and mystery novels. The other big loves in her life are her husband Curtis, and their animals Jackson, an Aussie Shepherd and Nicoletta, a gray tiger.
Prior to moving to Colorado, Marsha lived in San Francisco for over 20 years where she worked in the museum industry as well as broadcasting. She is graduate of San Francisco State University. She is currently a member of the Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors for KAFM Community Radio.
Board of Directors
Biff Messinger was born in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1948 where his father was an Army Officer stationed as an advisor for the Costa Rican National Guard. As a military dependent and as a career Army Officer himself, Biff and his family lived in six foreign countries and ten states.
Following his army career, Biff held leadership positions with, Fork Union Military Academy in VA, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) San Antonio, TX and TriWest Healthcare Alliance in Phoenix, AZ. His interest in community service really began in the army where he participated in Catholic Outreach, International Rotary Club in Highland Falls NY, Habitat for Humanity in NY, TX, and AZ, USO volunteer and Veteran’s Outreach in TX and AZ. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Columbus College, GA in 1981 on the Boot Strap Program, after which, he went on to complete his military career as the Chief of Operations at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
Prior to retiring from TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Biff was the Director of that organization’s Community Outreach Program where he was instrumental in distributing $17M annually to various Regional and National Non-Profits which supported wounded military veterans and their families. Upon retiring in 2013, Biff and his wife, Kathleen, moved to Grand Junction to be near their children and grand children, who all live in the Grand Valley.
Bonnie moved to Grand Junction in 2010 to attend Colorado Mesa University and fell in love with the Western Slope. With her Master’s Degree in Finance from Colorado State University, she currently works for the Bank of Colorado as a Loan Officer. Along with enjoying the many outdoor recreational opportunities the Western Slope has to offer, Bonnie is highly involved in many local organizations including the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, United Way, March of Dimes and Future Business Leaders of America. Bonnie also enjoys working as a part-time lecturer for the Business Department at Colorado Mesa University.
Gordon P. Gallagher
Gordon P. Gallagher, United States Magistrate Judge
Gordon was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota (B.A., 1991) followed by the University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 1996). After practicing for a short time with a civil business firm in Denver, Colorado, Gordon moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where he served as a Deputy District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District (Mesa County) from 1997-2000. In 2000, Gordon began a criminal defense practice focusing on state court litigation in Western Colorado. Gordon was appointed to the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado in October, 2012 and was unanimously re-appointed in 2016. Gordon enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, reading, biking and hiking in the red rock canyons and high mountains of Western Colorado.
Travis moved to Grand Junction in 2004 to attend Colorado Mesa University. He works with Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor. Travis is married with two young daughters. In his free time, Travis and his family thoroughly enjoy the outdoors in this Grand Valley which we live. Travis also makes time to be involved with his Church and the Horizon Rotary. He feels so fortunate to live in this terrific community and is humbled to be allowed to get involved in our local community food bank.
Barbara A. Firth
Barb had over 20 years experience in Quality Assurance in a variety of medical device and computer related companies in the Boulder, CO area, before moving to Grand Junction where she performed Quality Audits and worked with Health & Safety professionals at Rust Geotech. An active volunteer for over 20 years in the Grand Valley, Barb is a Past President of the Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club, continues to hold various offices in the Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge, provides a voice to a child as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer, and has been a Community Food Bank interviewer since 2008. She has been a member of the Community Food Bank Board since 2013.
Abel was born and raised in Grants, NM and moved to Grand Junction in 2009. A graduate of Adams State College in 1991, Colorado has become his home. Since moving to Grand Junction, He has been active in the community with his involvement with the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce (A Founding member and current board member). He is also a member of the Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club. Abel owns his own Farmers Insurance Agency and is an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics for Colorado Mesa University. Abel enjoys many of the outdoor activities the western slope has to offer.
Cherie was born and raised in Colorado, living in Grand Junction for most of her life. She completed her first BA in psychology with a minor in sociology at Metropolitan State College- Denver. Cherie is currently working on obtaining a BS in computer science from Regis University.
In the past she worked as a case manager for adults for developmental disabilities, as support staff for a homeless youth shelter and was the revenue cycle data analyst for Mind Springs Health/West Springs Hospital. Currently she works full time as a managed services administrator at Networks Unlimited.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping and spending time, attending festivals with her daughter.
Kim was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from Cedaredge High School, and has lived in Grand Junction since 1991. She received her BA in History in 1996 from Mesa State College. She has been with Western Rockies Federal Credit Union as a full-time employee since 2002; She has served as the Executive Vice President since 2007. Kim enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, technology, and spending time with her family. She is also a member of the Sunrise Horizon Rotary club.