Colorado Mountain Express (CME)'s 16th annual Fill the Van food drive gets underway on Saturday, November 16th across Eagle County, Garfield, Pitkin and Summit Counties. From 10 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, Aspen and El Jebel City Markets will be filling the van for the pantries of Lift-Up between 9 a.m and 1 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 well as the Frisco Walmart.
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 Oct. 27. Collection sites include:
Summit County - Please note collections will be taken between 9:00am and 2:00pm
Eagle County - Please note collections will be taken between 10:00am and 2:00pm
Roaring Fork Valley - Please note collections will be taken between 10:00am and 2:00pm
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.