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Kids Aid is a community solution to "helping kids be kids."

In 2004, as he was dropping his daughter off at school, Mike Berry encountered a little girl that was crying on the playground. He discovered that she was cold, tired from sleeping in her car the night before, and hungry. This interaction planted the seed for Kids Aid and became something he couldn’t ignore. Mike wondered, “Why isn’t someone doing something about kids in our community going hungry?” Then he realized he was that someone, and so he got to work.

He started the program in his garage feeding ten children each week. Moving the operation to his office, employees and clients navigated around boxes of macaroni and cheese and sat on cases of peanut butter. Thanks in large part to Mike’s infectious enthusiasm, Kids Aid then ran a successful capital campaign in 2016 for its own (free and clear) warehouse to call home.

Kids Aid is now available in over 67 locations serving preschool through college-aged students, with approximately 150 volunteers proudly assembling and delivering an average of 1,500 bags a week!

Vision, Mission & Values

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When a child is hungry “being a kid” can be hard work. Kids Aid was created to provide food to hungry children within our community. Through the collaborative support of local schools, businesses and individual volunteers, Kids Aid is a community solution to “Helping Kids Be Kids.”

Our Vision

No child experiences hunger in Mesa County

Our Mission

To alleviate childhood hunger so kids can be kids

Our Core Values
  • We value kids, considering their needs first
  • We value human dignity, infusing compassion in all that we do
  • We value community partnership, prioritizing collaboration and joint solutions
  • We value clear and simple systems, increasing accessibility, efficiency, and responsiveness
  • We value community contribution, acknowledging all who support our mission and vision
  • We value connection, operating with gratitude and kindness

Staff & Board

Our crew at Kids Aid may be small, but we are mighty. We have three staff members as part of a shared staffing model with Community Food Bank of Grand Junction — a joint executive director, joint program director, and a program coordinator—and seven members of our board of directors. It is through the incredible care and coordination of each of these people that Kids Aid not only keeps being able to serve our community, but to be able to grow our programming and develop new ways to help.

Alisha Wenger Executive Director
Chelsea Craine Program & Operations Director
Tessa Pacilli Program Coordinator
Emilee Powell President
Sam Tilford Vice President
Tom Eatwell Treasurer
Crystal Garcia-Becenti Secretary
Karla Klemm
Phill Raimer
Mike Berry

Community Partners

We highly value community partnership and community contribution, believing that together we are better. Together we serve more families, elevate our and our partners’ programs and practices, expand our reach to underserved populations, support our community’s health and wellbeing and ultimately, alleviate childhood hunger. Through our collaborative partnerships with individuals, organizations, businesses, and funders, we can do so much—and we are immensely grateful for our relationships.

Community Organizations and Service Clubs
  • Canyon View Vineyard Church
  • Crossroads United Methodist Church
  • De Beque School District 49-JT
  • Downtown Vineyard Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Food Bank of the Rockies
  • Fruita Lioness
  • Grand Junction Rotary
  • Grand Junction Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Grand Valley Peace and Justice
  • Hilltop Community Resources
  • Junior Service League
  • Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Valley School District 51
  • Plateau Valley School District 50
  • Redlands Lions Club
  • Redlands United Methodist Church
  • STRIVE
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Foundations
  • Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation
  • Community First Foundation
  • El Pomar Foundation
  • Invest in Others
  • Mesa County United Way
  • Robert N. Gaby Estate
  • Rocky Mountain Health Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain Health Foundation
  • Temple Buell Foundation
  • Walmart Foundation
  • Western Colorado Community Foundation
  • Wilson Family Foundation
Businesses
  • 2h Mechanical, LLC
  • Alpine Bank
  • Appraisal Management
  • Asset Engineering
  • Blythe Group & Co.
  • Caerus Oil & Gas
  • Capco LLC
  • Carpetime
  • Cendera Funding
  • CH Reece Real Estate, Inc
  • Colorado Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship & Training Fund
  • Countertop Epoxy
  • Country Inn Motel
  • DaVita Dialysis
  • EC Electric
  • Enstroms
  • Family Counseling Center
  • FCI Constructors Inc.
  • GJ Enterprises, LLC
  • High Country Beverage
  • Kohl’s
  • Legacy Wealth Management
  • Mercer Automotive, Inc
  • Oldcastle SW Group
  • Rexel
  • Robinson and Co Realty, LLC
  • Sam’s Club #6360
  • Shelter Insurance: Carrie Konakis & Kerry Phillips
  • Sorter Construction Inc.
  • Timberwolf Welding, Inc
  • Together Rising, Inc
  • Walmart #4491
  • Western Colorado Contractors Association
  • Western Slope Auto Company

News & Publications

To keep our community informed, we distribute an information-packed newsletter three times per year. (See below for our latest and previous editions.) For more frequent updates and current information, we use our social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—to share updates about upcoming events, opportunities, and program changes. We’d love to keep in touch, so please follow us on your preferred platform!

For more in depth information about our organization, including current 990s, please visit our GuideStar Profile.