Oct 12, 2011 5:17 PM by David Ortiviz
Hunger is a reality for one in six Americans according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The statistics have steadily jumped in Pueblo County, where one charity says the faces of hunger are changing.
Amanda is a single mom, with two small children to feed and no income. "I don't want to ask for help, but we need help," she said. Amanda lost her job, then her home and can't find work. "Nobody's hiring. Last month I think I put in 25 applications online and in person and I haven't heard back from one."
Amanda is one of 48 million Americans who don't have enough food. It's a growing population in Pueblo County. "During the last five years we've been escalating. Increasing the number of people that we serve," said Marcie Reynolds-Bain, Executive Director of the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center. Five years ago the center served about 18,000 clients. This year they expect to help more than 25,000 people. The center gives away food and clothing.
"The face of poverty is really changing," said Reynolds-Bain. She says the new trends are the recently unemployed like Amanda, plus more single dads, baby boomers, and seniors.
"We have to expand because of growth," said Reynolds-Bain. The non-profit is now renovating the old Salvation Army building on W. 8th St., because it's outgrown the existing location on W. 10th St. "We're doubling our size," said Reynolds-Bain.
There will be more room for food storage and with that hopes of helping more struggling families. Amanda told us she doesn't know how she would survive without the charity's help. "I don't even want to think about that," said Amanda.
The center hopes to move in January.