For many, a meal is a simple choice of what to eat. But for people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible choice between food and other crucial needs, such as electricity, childcare, or medicine.
With grocery prices up 10%, more of our neighbors are turning to us for help. You can ease the burden on neighbors and food banks experiencing challenges due to inflation and global supply chain issues. Help keep our Distribution Center full and operating, our partner pantries stocked, and our neighbors across Southern Colorado nourished. Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice.
Beau, a student in Colorado Springs, knows that it's hard to focus or have energy when he's hungry. "My tummy speaks to me and says, 'feed me, feed me, feed me,' and it never stops and it's annoying," he told us.
One of the ways Beau and his family are able to get enough food is through Care and Share's Send Hunger Packing program, which is part of our Children's Nutrition Initiative. Each week, a group of volunteers come to Care and Share's distribution center to pack dozens of bags with food items, like peanut butter, pasta, canned meats, fruits, and vegetables. Those bags then make their way to schools we partner with across Southern Colorado. Students like Beau pick up the food bags at the end of every school week to take home and share with their families over the weekends.
Beau gets excited when he picks up the bag to take home. "It just means that good things are going to happen and the food's delicious… It means everything to me." Beau said. "Because of this food, I feel so awesome, awesome!"
For Frank, the food he receives from our Mobile Market brings a sense of security.
“This has saved my life on three or four occasions,” he told us. “There have been times where I’ve lived on soup for three weeks. This is like protein and vegetables – real nutrition."
Frank loves that he can depend on the consistency of our Mobile Market. Every other week, the truck pulls into his mobile home community. He and his neighbors are able to walk up to the market, grab a few bags, and choose the food they would like to pack and take home.
The food I received will last a couple of weeks, which is very helpful."