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Food distributions to continue despite end to shutdown

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 25, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS – Despite a temporary end to the government shutdown, folks who rely on food assistance aren’t in the clear yet.

In the midst of uncertainty during the shutdown, many took advantage of resources like Care and Share’s food distributions.

“Some of them told us their stories about not getting a paycheck,” said Care and Share’s CEO Lynne Telford.
“Imagine if you missed two paychecks. How would that impact your family?”

To secure their benefits, SNAP recipients got their January and February food stamps earlier this month.

“They got their February benefits early, and so if those are gone before February ends, they’re going to need extra food,” she added.

Uncertainty still lingers. That’s why she says the food distribution must go on.

“We’re going to be prepared,” Telford explained.
“In case we need to handle an uptick in food distribution going forward.”

The biggest concern is what will happen after the next three weeks of re-opening the government.

“Three weeks isn’t a lot of time,” she said.
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty and hunger still remains an issue.”

Here is a list of Care and Share’s upcoming food distributions:

Colorado Springs
• Friday, February 8th: Southeast Colorado Springs location TBD, please follow us on Facebook to learn details once we
have them. Distribution will begin at 2:00 p.m.
• Saturday, February 16th: Centennial Elementary School, 1860 South Chelton Rd., Colorado Springs, 80910. Distribution
will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Pueblo
• Thursday, January 31st: Care and Share Food Bank Pueblo Distribution Center, 100 Greenhorn Drive, Pueblo 81004.
Distribution will begin at 1:00 p.m
• Friday, February 15th: Eastside Action Support Team at the Lucero Library, 1315 E. 7th Street, Pueblo, 81001.
Distribution will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Canon City
• Friday, February 8th: Loaves and Fishes Canon City, 241 Justice Center Drive, 81212. Distribution will begin at
11:00 a.m.