From Colorado Springs, CO
Story Type: People We Serve
Programs Used: Send Hunger Packing
How We Helped: Nutritious Food
“When I get those food bags, they’re really heavy, and that heaviness is love.”
Xander is a soon-to-be second grader who loves recess, superheroes, and eating “lots and lots of cereal.” He says food, and having enough of it, makes him feel better and energetic. One of the ways Xander and his family are able to get enough food is through Care and Share’s Send Hunger Packing program.
“It means a lot to us,” Xander said. “We don’t really have a lot of money.”
Each week, a group of volunteers will come into the food bank and 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. Xander picks up the food bag at the end of the day each Friday. He takes it home to share with his family.
One in five kids in Southern Colorado may not know when or where their next meal will come from. Care and Share’s Children’s Nutrition Initiative programs – like Send Hunger Packing – get food to kids and their families so they can learn and grow.
“It’s a blessing that we get them,” said Xander.