PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A nearly 20-year legacy is coming to a close in Palisade. Starlene Collins, manager of the Food Bank of the Rockies, is retiring.
Starlene started at Food Bank of the Rockies back in 1999, and in the nearly 20 years she has spent there, she's helped give food to those who need it most.
When she started at the food bank, it distributed just over 1 million pounds of food a year.
This last year, it gave out 7.6 million pounds to people here in the Grand Valley.
But with a new manager at the helm, the food bank wants to continue to expand its reach, and make sure that everyone that needs food, doesn't have to go hungry.
"My main goal in life is to make a positive difference in the lives of others. And I'm hoping during my time here, I have done that not only for our clients and our agencies, but also for my fellow employees,” said retiring branch manager, Starlene Collins.
"We are going to be working to grow, so every year we want to continue the pattern of growth that Starlene has started,” said new branch manager, Sue Ellen Rodwick.
Food Bank of the Rockies says they expect to hand out 8 million pounds of food in 2019.