Posted 6:44 PM 12/29/2011 : Pueblo food bank gets huge expansion
Pueblo food bank is getting an expansion. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has seen the need for those seeking food assistance rises. The new facility will be 96-hundred square feet, which is double the size of it's current facility. The money for the facility comes through donations throughout the community. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers donated all the electrical services. Marcie Reynolds says because of the tremendous need to provide emergency food assistance, the expansion is greatly needed.
"We are the hub for people that are hungry. The hungry tummies come here for food", said Marcie Reynolds.
In fact, during the holidays the facility provided more than twenty-five hundred food sacks to families throughout the community. Its a number that's continuing to rise; which proves the face of poverty is changing.
"We're seeing people like you and I that need services. People who have been laid off, baby boomers who lost their jobs, senior citizens raising their grandchildren, and we're seeing a trend of fathers trying to raise their children", said Marcie Reynolds.
Mona Montoya has volunteered at the center for twenty-years. She's excited the new facility will be handicap accessible.
"Sometimes, we have to come down to interview [clients] because they're in a wheel chair or an electric chair. They can't make the stairs", said Mona Montoya.
The organization is hoping the new facility will be a symbol of new beginnings for clients.
"It means a lot to them to be able to know that they can come here and be treated in an environment that imparts value and purpose; to help them go out into the community and look for jobs and try to find meaning in life", said Marcie Reynolds.