Simply Mac collects for local food bank

Simply Mac is collecting canned goods for the Food Bank of the Rockies through Dec. 15.

Jerry Bishop is hungry.

He never knows where his next meal will come from, or if he’ll have one. The Grand Junction homeless man, and hundreds of hungry people just like him, struggle to find food on a daily basis.

Bishop can relax a little this holiday season, however, with the help of Grand Junction’s latest electronics store. Simply Mac, 2536 Rimrock Ave. No. 300, is doing its part to help those in need of food. It is currently hosting the first annual Meals for Macs food drive, which will continue through Dec. 15.

“It’s hard to live like this, but it is what it is and food drives like the one Simply Mac is putting on really help people like me,” said Bishop. “I’m just thankful that there are people out there who realize what we’re facing and that they are willing to help.”

The Apple retail store will donate five pounds of food to the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies for every computer sold at its location on Rimrock Avenue

“It is important for us to focus our need for helping the community. We are a large dealer and we want to positively effect the immediate community,” said Store Manager Scott Linsley.

Customers are encouraged donate canned food items. For each can the store will give the customer a five-dollar discount on a purchase of $50 or more.

“Simply Mac is excited to partner with Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. With the addition of our new location in Grand Junction, we look forward to helping people in the local community,” said Store President Steve Bain.

According to the Food Bank of the Rockies, one in seven Coloradans struggle with hunger and malnutrition.

The organization has donated over 41 million pounds of food last year alone, sending food to Denver, the Western Slope, rural parts of Colorado and all of Wyoming. Food Bank of the Rockies has also provided over 360 million meals to the community since 1978.

“Although we can’t eliminate poverty, our goal is to eliminate hunger,” said Starlene Collins, manager of Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. “With the help of companies like Simply Mac and our community, we can accomplish that goal.”


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