Smart Bellies Backpack Food Program

Smart Bellies started in Summit County just six months before the pandemic hit full force. Over the past year its footprint has expanded to reach three hundred families with school-aged children, providing them with wholesome meals and fresh produce.

Because of its success, the organization’s scope now requires four to twelve volunteers every Tuesday through Friday to execute its mission. The community has responded by picking up shipments of food, preparing balanced meals at the Family Intercultural Resource Center facility on Airport Road in Breckenridge, and making home deliveries of the meal packages to participating families across Summit County.

Alpine Bank sponsors the program and provides volunteers. Matt Michalski, a vice president with Alpine Bank Wealth Management, is personally committed to seeing that children are provided with nutritious meals. He both volunteers to put the meals together and serves on the organizational committee.“Before Smart Bellies I had no idea this problem existed in our backyard,” says Matt. “Today, however, families know that our community cares. Kids are getting better nourishment, so they can focus on learning and living active outdoor lives.”

For information on how to contribute time and/or resources, visit smartbellies.org.

Photo Caption: Matt Michalski, VP Wealth Management, Alpine Bank Breckenridge along with Cortney De Voe, Customer Service Representative Alpine Bank Cherry Creek are pictured volunteering.

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