Hi, my name is Jim Scharper. In October of 2013, I started this group as a way for myself to pay back a community to which I owe so very much.
I went down a long dark road with my alcoholism causing me to lose almost everything, including my life.
I had found myself without a home and sleeping in my truck, I found myself waking up in Denver Cares facility on a regular basis, after another of my daily benders, which would lead to a black out drunk which I hear many people joke about, but its a real thing that only leads to something terrible, so those of you who can relate to a black out drunk, please focus up, as this is your sign your body is no longer functioning correctly. Then August 29th, 2009 I woke up and the switch was flipped, I thank my higher power everyday for the humiliation and the courage it took to check myself into Denver General Hospital, followed by an extended stay at Denver Cares. Within Denver Cares I found Alcoholics Anonymous, the group to which I owe my life, I spent the next year going to meetings everyday, sometimes twice a day to keep myself sober, and within this group I found myself. I was taught many things there,
the first thing I learned there was I had an allergy to alcohol, which over many years of drinking became uncontrollable by me, and with the help of many friends and my Higher Power, it is no longer a problem in my life!!!
I also learned how I was not dealing with things in my life, like being a gay man, it was leading me to not deal with issues in my life, rather to just drink and not worry about it.
I also learned how I was blaming everyone else in my life for things happening around me, but soon realized I was the cause of everything that I was involved in.
Now to wrap this up.
The last thing I learned in my recovery, is that in order for me to move forward in life I needed a way to pay back a society in which I took advantage of over the many years of my drinking.
Therefore the 2nd Thursday of October 2013 I started making sandwiches and handing them out to those less fortunate in our city. When my friends found out what I was doing, they themselves wanted to help, and it has continued to grow until we got to where we are today.
Today we meet at Li'l Devil's Ultra Lounge, 255 South Broadway, on the 2nd Thursday of Every Month, @ 10am and all are welcome to join us. We put together, as a group of people wishing to pay forward their blessings to those less fortunate, a sack lunch with a sandwich containing, 1 slice of white bread and one slice of wheat bread with both american and swiss cheeses, and 1 slice of ham and 1 slice of turkey.
Along with this sandwhich is a napkin, mustard packet, mayo packet, A fresh piece of fruit(apple, orange, or banana), a bag of chips, a breakfast bar, a protein bar, cheese crackers, and a cookie or equivilent, and a bottle of water, to be added soon a cup of pudding or yogurt and a spoon. In the winter months we have been including hats and gloves as well as handing out slightly used coats, blankets/survival gear.
This is not cheap!!! Every month it requires between $800 and $900.00 in donations.
We are hoping to expand to multiple feedings per month rather than just one, and with your help we can make this happen.
We have now become
Feeding Denver's Hungry, Inc.
and have gotten our 501 (c) (3) from the IRS
EIN # 47-2732656
Which means to you that every dollar you donate to help us to keep this going, is now TAX DEDUCTABLE!!!!
Not everyone can donate their time to do such things for those less fortunate, so I ask you to dig deep if you are able and make a donation today, either here or you can mail a check to:
Feeding Denver's Hungry
care of Jim Scharper
4110 Hale Pkwy #2H
Denver, CO. 80220
Lastly, I would invite you to share this on your walls (and in your will) to make it even more successful.
NOVEMBER 7, 2019by Jim Scharper, OrganizerSo very much has changed since I started feeding Denver's Hungry. We now set up a block long sidewalk pantry for people to go shopping every month. People are given shopping bags and are allowed to take away as much food as they can carry.
We still have our meat and cheese sandwiches(we make on Mondays), hard boiled eggs, (euro crepes @ 1482 South Broadway makes 1000's them for us monthly) We hand out many different snacks and protein bars, cereals, loaves of bread, Frozen meats, salads, fresh produce, canned goods, many hygiene items, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, multiple types of baby foods, goods, and diapers and many drink choices.
Things that have not changed.....
100% of our monies coming in goes to helping people in need, we have no paid employees, we are 100% volunteer based organization. We strive to make sure no one in the Denver metro area is going without food.
We cater first and foremost to the Marginalized youth, elderly, disabled, and veterans.
I am very proud of all my friends who help us to continue Feeding Denver's Hungry.
Please know that your donation is 100% tax deductible, and we use every dollar to help someone in need.
MARCH 30, 2020by Jim Scharper, Organizer
Feeding Denver's Hungry is continuing it's belief that No One Goes Hungry. Recent events have fueled this organization to further our goal by rethinking & revamping resources. We continue our partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies. With your donations we are able to see that tables are filled with food for families in need.
Prepackaged ingredients with a variety of dry & canned goods are combined with available fresh produce which are handed-up to individuals through schedules visits each week to our Warehouse. The end result is what we call #FDH2020LOVE.
This in addition to a revised hand-up on the 4th Thursday of the month demonstrates FDH's belief that We Are One.
The key to our success & bringing food to those that need it are your donations. We take care of each other.
Please consider a $5 or $10 donation to help us build bigger tables instead of bigger walls.
There are so many facets to what Feeding Denver's Hungry is made up of.....
1) We have Blessing Bags....
everyone is encouraged to take them and have handy in their cars to hand out to anyone in need. They are a gallon sized Ziplock freezer bag full of protein bars, snacks, cereal, milk, juice, candy, and so much more.
2) We have the large bags of ready to eat food that we hand out on the 4th Thursday of each month to those who are homeless or in need at 21st and Stout Streets.
These are bags full of meals that are ready to eat, they require no cooking.
3) We have the elderly boxes that we put together every week and are delivered by the
Denver Police Academy Denver Police Cadets.
Vehicles donated by Denver Fire Department and
Denver Police Department.
These boxes are packed full of many High Protein products and many fresh items needed to make meals in a kitchen. They also have many snacks and desserts.
4) We have the bags full of dry goods, bags full of canned good, boxes of chips from Frito-Lay, Meats, Fresh Veggies, Drinks, and many more items from the Food Bank of the Rockies, available to all of those who have found themselves unemployed due to COVID-19.
These are all handed out by appointment only.
We are Feeding literally Thousands of people on the daily now, and I am so very proud of our volunteer base and the many people who help us to keep fundraising and keep this all going!