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Annual Fresh Thanks Volunteer Event at ACC

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Photos by Diana Hornick, and Sandra Blythe-Perry and Tara Magaña of IFCS

On a crisp and clear Saturday in November at Arapahoe Community College, 257 volunteers helped assemble and distribute 500 boxes of fresh and shelf stable food items.

People in line for Fresh Thanks Day


Volunteers at Fresh Thanks Day


Integrated Family Community Services (IFCS) was ready to orient volunteers at 8 a.m. so that families suffering from food insecurities could line their cars up to receive full boxes by 11 o’clock. 

Diana Hornick and other volunteers putting boxes together.Volunteers with a line of empty boxes getting ready to fill them.

First, 500 boxes needed to be assembled.


volunteers from ACC helping sort food into boxes.


ACC contributed 19 volunteers across two shifts for this year’s event.

ACC was just one of several community partners who helped make the 2023 Fresh Thanks distribution event a success:  

  • American Family Insurance 

  • Arapahoe Community College

  • Bethany Lutheran Church 

  • Canvas Credit Union 

  • Centennial Rotary 

  • Columbine Kiwanis

  • Denver Metro South Rotary

  • Empower

  • Englewood Lions

  • Highlands Ranch Rotary 

  • Littleton Rotary 

  • Littleton Sertoma

box of food for Fresh Thanks Day


 Boxes of food at Fresh Thanks day  

Since 1964, in collaboration with community partners, IFCS has provided an immediate response to hunger, a most basic need.

volunteers sorting food at Fresh Thanks Dayvolunteers packing boxes for Fresh Thanks Day

A collective total of more than 700 hours went into helping nourish 2,249 individuals for the upcoming holidays.

stack of boxes for donation to the Littleton community

  Volunteers loading food boxes into a car.

The final stage included all of those boxes being loaded into the awaiting cars of thankful families.

If you’d like to help at the event next year, contact Diana Hornick, Service Learning Center Coordinator (diana [dot] hornick [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (diana[dot]hornick[at]arapahoe[dot]edu)), for details. And for more information about how you might be able to support Integrated Family Community Services, visit their website.