From Colorado Springs, CO
Story Type: People We Serve
Programs Used: Mobile Food Pantry
How We Helped: Nutritious Food
Finding Relief Through Summer Mobile Food Pantries
Summer can be a stressful time for many of our neighbors in need. Thousands of children in Southern Colorado are at risk of missing meals because they no longer have access to school food. As a result, many families on a limited income struggle with higher grocery bills. 12-year-old Jorge is a student in Colorado Springs who takes advantage of the Free and Reduced Price School Meals. He says his family has found relief this summer through Care and Share Food Bank’s Summer Mobile Food Pantry program. Jorge, his younger brother, and his mom stop by the Summer Mobile Food Pantry held at the Deerfield Hills Community Center every couple weeks. “It helps us save money for things like… water and light,” Jorge explained.
In Care and Share Food Bank’s efforts to make sure no one goes hungry, multiple Summer Mobile Food Pantries are available throughout the Colorado Springs and Pueblo areas. In its third year running, each Mobile Food Pantry offers a variety of healthy, nutritious, in-season produce, as well as staple items like canned protein and bread. Every week, the food presented at a Mobile Food Pantry varies. On average, a family leaves with 10-12 pounds of food.
At Deerfield Hills, Jorge and his younger brother help his mom carry some of the heavy produce, like a bag of potatoes and a watermelon, to their car. Jorge says he enjoys getting the nutritious food during the summertime that helps him cool down. “When it’s hot, we can eat some watermelon outside,” Jorge said with a smile on his face.