COLORADO SPRINGS — The loss of jobs and lower incomes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive up need for food assistance in Southern Colorado. "Here at Care and Share year over year, we're distributing 42% more food than we did last year," said Care and Share Food Bank, CEO, Lynne Telford.
Care and Share Food Bank distributes food to hundreds of non-profit help groups across Southern Colorado. Since the pandemic started many of those groups report seeing people who have previously never needed food assistance.
Telford said, even though people are starting to return to jobs, the negative economic impact to individuals and families trying to put food on the table will likely continue for many more months. “Even when people start to go back to work and we’ve seen some start to go back to work, they’ve run up debt or they used up their reserves.”
There are some government COVID-19 relief funds helping pay for the increased need. Care and Share still needs the always important donations and volunteer time from the community.