Colorado Mountain Express (CME)'s 17th annual Fill the Van food drive gets underway on Saturday, November 15th across Eagle County, Garfield, Pitkin and Summit Counties. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CME vans will be parked in front of City Market stores in Vail, Eagle and Avon with staff accepting non-perishable food donations for the Vail Valley Salvation Army. Donations will also be accepted at the Walmart in Avon, Gypsum's Bella's Market and Edwards' Village Market. Glenwood Springs and Aspen City Markets will be filling the van for the pantries of Lift-Up between 9 a.m and 2 p.m. In Summit County, the Colorado Mountain Express Fill the Van Food Drive stocks shelves for the Family & Intercultural Resource Center at Breckenridge and Dillon City Markets.
As part of a joint fundraising effort between Colorado Mountain Express, Vail Resorts, 9News, and the Vail, Avon, and Eagle Police Departments, the donations will remain in the county in which they were donated. Beneficiaries include Summit County’s Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), the Vail Valley Salvation Army and Bright Future Foundation in Eagle County and Lift Up of Roaring Fork Valley. Last year, CME and VR Echo collected more than sixteen tons of food for Colorado food banks.
Food and monetary donations will be collected between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 15th. Collection sites include:
Roaring Fork Valley
CME's Silverthorne, Edwards and Glenwood Springs offices came to assist in cleaning approximately 1 mile of the Rio Grande Trail right outside of the Glenwood Springs office. The trail goes from Glenwood Springs to Aspen and is frequented by many locals and tourists.
Additionally, CME participates in several Vail Resorts community events throughout the year.