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Emily Griffith Technical College Hosts Food Drive; Gives Away Free Soup in Honor of Emily Griffith's Birthday

News Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2020

The community is encouraged to donate items for the student food pantry February 10-28; Free soup offered on Feb. 10th at lunchtime

DENVER - Emily Griffith founded the Opportunity School, which eventually became Emily Griffith Technical College, in 1916 as a school for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and gain new skills. The school was open 13 hours a day, five days a week in order to accommodate student schedules. After a student fainted during class one evening, Emily and her sister, Florence, began bringing in soup for students. Emily believed that the student fainted because he was hungry, and if one student was hungry, there were probably others who were, as well. For years, Emily brought soup for her students daily.

"A bowl of soup is served in the basement from 5:30-7:30. Free. This saves you time," was written on a blackboard inside the entrance of the school.

In honor of Emily’s Birthday on Feb. 10 and her legacy of providing whatever her students needed to succeed, Emily Griffith Technical College is hosting a food drive to stock the student food pantry.  The community is encouraged to donate shelf-stable lunch food items such as noodle cups and macaroni and cheese cups, as well as snack items such as fruit cups and granola bars. Items can be dropped off in the lobby of the Emily Griffith Campus located in downtown Denver at 1860 Lincoln Street during regular business hours from February 10-28.

“Providing a food pantry is one way we can help students, while keeping the spirit of Emily Griffith alive,” said Krista Kliebenstein, coordinator, Student Success Center, “Providing lunch to students who don’t have the means to buy lunch or a snack during the school day can be one of the important keys to their success.”

Additionally, Emily’s Café will be serving FREE soup to anyone who comes in to the café on Feb. 10 between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be beef and vegetarian options available. Emily’s Café is located at the Emily Griffith Campus at 1860 Lincoln Street in Denver.

What: Emily Griffith Birthday Food Drive

When: February 10-28, 2020, 8am - 6pm

Where: Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203


Emily’s Café is offering FREE soup to anyone who comes in to the Cafe on the 1st floor of the Emily Griffith Technical College campus on Monday, February 10 between 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. There will be both vegetarian and beef soup options. The address is 1860 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203