Our History

The Golden Backpack Program (GBP) was launched in 2008 as a small program that fed 65 students in need by providing a sack full of enough food to feed a child for the entire weekend so that when they returned to school each Monday, they arrived ready to learn.

The program has grown into a community effort involving partnerships with the Food Bank of the Rockies, the Rotary Club of Golden, the Golden Rotary Foundation, the New Hope Community Church out of which the program operates, and the entire Golden community.

Currently, the GBP provides roughly 5,000 meals per month to students in nine local schools, including Mitchell Elementary, Shelton Elementary, Welchester Elementary, Kyffin Elementary, Free Horizon Montessori, Compass Montessori, Connections Learning Center, Bell Middle School and Golden High School.

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Our People

Tyson Noeth
Executive Director
Tony Leffert
President
Wendy Johnson
Vice President
Bob Storrs
Treasurer
Wendy Renee
Secretary
Melinda Cox
Director
Bethany Thomas
Director
Director
Jon
Advisor
Peggy Halderman
Founder
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Total Meals Distributed
487468
Weekend Sack Meals
140000
Fresh Food Co-Op Meals

If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.

Buzz Aldrin

Our Partners