About Community Food Bank of 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 between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
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.
Board of Directors
Prior to moving to Grand Junction, Darcy worked 20-plus years in human services and operations management positions as an administrator and Community Based Services Manager for the City of Boulder. Darcy joined the Community Food Bank in 2014. She currently serves as Chair of the Grand Junction Arts and Culture Commission, is a botanical artist, and holds memberships with several local and regional watercolor, fine arts and photography organizations. Other interests include gardening, traveling, hiking and volunteering in various capacities with other local non-profit organizations.
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.
Glenn Evans is retired and spent most of his working life in Minnesota. Glenn worked for WD Larson Companies in Minneapolis and was President of that Company from 1990-2005 when he retired from that Company. In 2006, Glenn moved to San Diego and was in charge of three branch offices for Rush Enterprises, a $1.2 billion dollar company based in New Bronsfel Texas.
In 2012 Glenn retired and in 2013 moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2015 Glenn joined the board of directors for the Community Food Bank. In addition, Glenn volunteers for Catholic Outreach and CASA. Glenn is also a member of Horizon Sunshine Rotary
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.
Janice B. Moore
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.
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.
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.
Laurel is from Columbia, Missouri. She and her husband moved to Grand Junction in 2012 and are happy to call it home. Laurel attend the University of Missouri for physical therapy. She has been a physical therapist for 14 years with a focus on geriatric rehab. She has been a Director of Rehab for the past 6 years. In 2014, Laurel was one of four finalists for Therapist of the Year through the Colorado Health Care Association. She enjoys hiking and exploring all the great outdoor opportunities in this area.
Josh Hudnall is the co-founder and CEO of fastPXL, a software development company headquartered in Grand Junction. With a client base including Downtown Grand Junction, the Mesa County Public Library District, Oprah Winfrey, William Morris Entertainment Live, K-LOVE Radio and more, fastPXL has cultivated a reputation for simple design and high quality software.
Josh is also the co-founder of LAUNCH West CO, a non-profit organization created to identify, connect and empower high tech entrepreneurs within Western Colorado. Formed in January of 2015, LAUNCH has already grown to over 250 members and shows no signs of slowing down.
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 through a Regis University online program.
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 Hosptial. Currently she works full time as a managed services administrator at Networks Unlimited and she is a single mother.
Cherie has been skydiving twice, whitewater rafting three times, hiked two 14,000ft mountains and owned a retail sales website business for over four years. During the brief moments she has downtime she enjoys spending time with her 10 year old daughter, hiking, traveling, going to festivals and doing pretty much nothing at all.
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