By: Tracy Williams, President Tradewinds Communications
Pam Jiner is so many things to the Montbello community.
Using safe social distancing practices, she heads up the Food for Seniors Program, which is serving Montbello seniors with food weekly during the COVID-19 crisis. Jiner and her volunteers visit local food pantries such as, the Food Bank of the Rockies for donations of quality meat items, milk, eggs, and cheese daily to collect food. Jiner has also formed partnerships with local grocers, and has organized Montbello Walks, a program to keep seniors active by walking together (now separately) to stay healthy.
Since her reach is wide, and the need is vast, Jiner has started building a small food pantry of shelf items in her home.
“I am just starting to build a home pantry to be able to prepare an emergency food box for families in need,” Jiner says. “Referrals are coming in, and Montbello Walks wants to be able to promptly respond with a delivery.”
“We are also grateful not only for the local community support from the Struggle of Love Foundation, and @NEDenverMoms for donating items that were delivered directly to our seniors, but for our partnerships with Kaizen Food Rescue, and Metro Caring for opening up, and helping us meet our daily food needs with large contributions of food,” Jiner says. “Their donations have helped when her pantry was almost depleted.”
“I am grateful to live in a community so connected, and caring,” says Susan Stanton of @NEDenverMoms. “Denver is better because of great neighborhoods, and neighborhood leaders like Pam Jiner who day by day make their community a better place to live.”
Although Jiner’s primary focus is on feeding elders 61, and over. She and her volunteers provide food and deliver to anyone in need.
“We are digging deep to find, and serve our most vulnerable elders,” Jiner says. “Our seniors are at high risk of getting seriously ill if they were to contract the disease.”
It truly takes a village, but with Jiner’s eye for strategic volunteer coordination, and a love of her community, many hands make the load a little lighter. “The volunteers work hard, and love our seniors as much as I do,” Jiner says.
If you know of any Montbello elders, or any other families/individuals, please contact Jiner at 720-620-5735 so they can be added to her delivery list.
Jiner and her team do weekly check-ins to make sure seniors are doing okay throughout the COVID-19 crisis. They will also, be distributing food to Montbello’s kids by the end of June, so stay tuned and check out her activities on Facebook.
And by all means, please feel free to purchase an extra pack of meat, or pantry items and donate to Montbello Walks, and Jiner’s Pantry. All packages are wiped with sanitizer and left to sit over 24 hours before delivery.