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New food pantry opening in Pueblo's food desert

The new market is available to all of Pueblo, but specifically meant for those on the East Side
Posted at 1:03 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 19:43:20-05

PUEBLO — Pueblo's food desert on the East-side of the city is one step closer to getting fed.

"We don't have a lot of places to good food," said one resident.

Ever since the neighborhood's Safeway closed its doors several years ago, those living on Pueblo's East-side struggle to access quality food.

“People who need food, and if they don’t have transportation? They're walking to a gas station or 7-11, and that’s just not right," said CEO of Care and Share Food Bank Lynne Telford.

Care and Share just launched two new food markets, one in Pueblo and one in Fountain.

At Sunny Side Market, customers will come and pickup food for their families, completely free of charge.

“They have a little bar coded key fob that they checkout with at the end, so it very much is like a shopping experience!” said Telford.

The market will be open three days a week, but Care and Share asks that users limit their visits to once a week, that way everybody who needs food can get their fair share.

Plus, Telford says more help is on the way to the City's struggling area.

“One of the exciting things is the community health center is building their building right across the street, so people will be able to access both easily."

Sunny Side's official opening to the public is Thursday, February 18th. The market will be open three days a week:

  1. Mondays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Thursdays 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. Saturdays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunny Side's address is 1230 E 8th St, Pueblo, CO 81001.

For more information, visit sunnysidemarket.org