A Lifetime of Giving Back | Tina’s Story

As a retired nurse, Tina has been giving back to her community for most of her life. Now, she can continue to give back as the coordinator for Capulin Food Pantry. “I’ve always liked helping people,” she told us. “I still want to [in retirement].” Capulin, a 134-person town located southwest of Alamosa, is in […]

“No one has to go hungry here.” | Jackie’s Story

Jackie, a senior living in Pagosa Springs, didn’t plan to live in Pagosa Springs long term. “I was house sitting for a friend, and was supposed to only stay for a few months,” she told us with a laugh. “But I never wanted to leave!” So Jackie ended up finding her own apartment and has […]

“It’s a Real Blessing.” | Mike and Paula’s Story

Mike and his wife Paula, a Cañon City native, know what a tight-knit community the town is and have experienced firsthand the generosity and kindness of their neighbors at their local food pantry in a local church. “After you retire, [you receive] less money, so it’s come in handy,” Mike shared with us. The food pantry is […]

Creating Lasting Memories this Holiday Season

One of the best parts of the holiday season is creating and maintaining traditions with loved ones. For many of us, one of those traditions is gathering around a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. “We’re so thankful,” said Maria, who visited a Thanksgiving distribution with her two daughters, Daisy and Fatima. Along with a turkey, they were […]

“It’s amazing to see lives change.” | Restoration Fellowship Highlight

When neighbors arrive at Restoration Fellowship in Pagosa Springs, it doesn’t feel like visiting a food pantry – it feels like visiting old friends. “Every day I think, ‘I get to see Walter. I get to see Della. I get to see any number of people,’” Adriene Doray, Co-Director of Restoration Fellowship, told us. “The […]

Food Banking 101

While people often use “food bank” and “food panty” interchangeably, the two are actually different types of organizations. As a food bank, we supply food to food pantries and other types of direct aid organizations – think food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches, and other organizations. We call these organizations our partner agencies. Where does […]

“We want people to feel comfortable.” | New Direction Agape Services Highlight

When anyone – whether it be a neighbor needing food, a volunteer, or another member of the community – visits New Direction Agape Services, there is one thing Madeline wants them to know: “We want them to feel comfortable. We’re always excited to see new people,” Madeline told us. Madeline has lived in southeast Colorado […]

Volunteer Highlight | Hana, Pine Creek Cares

It’s never too early to get involved at Care and Share! Just ask Hana, a senior at Pine Creek High School. “My first experience at Care and Share was when I was in 4th grade and I had just moved to Colorado Springs — we were doing Harvest of Love,” Hana told us. “And then […]

Volunteer Highlight | Giving back with love and pride

Every week, Arlene volunteers with her wife of 25 years, Judy, at the senior center near their home. The couple helps pack food and gets it ready to be distributed to the community. In the summer, they prepare boxes of summer snacks for kids. Arlene never takes for granted having enough to eat, because years ago […]

More than Nourishment | Ute Mountain Ute Spotlight

For Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe, food means more than just nourishment; it’s a way to connect with the land they’ve lived on for generations. “A long time ago [members] used to go up in the mountains. In early spring, you’d see wild onions around the mountain. Mid-summer, you’d start […]