As this pandemic continues to spread, more Coloradans are facing hunger as one in three households is struggling with food insecurity, according to a survey by Hunger Free Colorado.
To meet this increased need, Food Bank of the Rockies is distributing more food than ever before. In fact, we’re providing enough food through our programs and partners for nearly 300,000 meals each day.
In June, as the summer temperatures rose, we provided food boxes to 750 households at a special drive through mobile pantry at Empower Field at Mile High.
Families lined up in their cars to get the food they need. They rolled through the lines as volunteers loaded cardboard boxes filled with meat, dairy, and fresh produce into their trunks and back seats.
Sitting in one of those vehicles, was Charalene, who was eager to get through the check in, receive her food, and get back to her family.
Charalene and her family of nine recently relocated to Colorado from El Paso, Texas to find better opportunities for employment. Her husband did find a job, but due to the pandemic, was laid off.
“I receive food stamps and it’s not enough for the month, and my husband just lost his job and I have to feed my big family,” she shared.
The food Charalene received will help nourish her large family during a time when they need it most.
“It will help us for the end of the month until I get more stamps and my husband gets a new job,” she said.