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cost of raising a child in colorado springs

Jorja and Family

From Colorado Springs, CO

Story Type: Client Stories

Programs Used: Mobile Food Pantry

How We Helped: Nutritious Food

The Cost of Raising a Child in Colorado

Last summer, Jorja and her husband opened their hearts to five foster care children. They welcomed these children into their home to give them an opportunity to reach their full potential. With her growing family, Jorja also had a growing food budget.

“With doubling the size of our family, our grocery bill suddenly went up to $400 per week,” Jorja says. “I didn’t know how I was going to feed my family. The foster care agency told us about the Twain Elementary mobile pantry, and it was a total sense of relief.”

“Our foster children were used to eating fast food and junk. Care and Share has been a godsend to us … especially since we went to a one-income family because the kids needed me more than my career needed me. You cannot get food stamps if you’re a foster parent and the small subsidy we get doesn’t begin to cover daycare. Now, I’m teaching them to eat and cook with fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone is so gracious here. They call me by name and treat us all so kindly — not like just somebody standing in line.”

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““With doubling the size of our family, our grocery bill suddenly went up to $400 per week,” Jorja says. “I didn’t know how I was going to feed my family. The foster care agency told us about the Twain Elementary mobile pantry, and it was a total sense of relief.””

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