Grocery stores to host food drive Saturday
September 24, 2008
The Mountain Family Center is sponsoring a county-wide food drive on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all Grand County grocery stores: Winter Park Market, Safeway, City Market, Mountain Food Market, Circle D Foods and the Kremmling Mercantile.
Grocery lists will be available at each store. The food collected during this drive will be distributed to all six local food banks based on their needs.
“This is a critical time of year for many of the people in Grand County,” said Sue Perkins, Food Bank Coordinator for Mountain Family’s two food banks. “Many employers are preparing to lay-off their seasonal work force until the snow falls and this is when locals need to visit food banks so they can use their savings for other bills.”
Mountain Family Center served over 1,100 people from their two food banks from Jan. 1 through Sept. 15, 2008. Each household received enough food to prepare three meals per day for up to five days. Boxes are prepared ahead of time to ensure an adequate variety of nutritional food is included. During the low season, food boxes may be smaller if there is less food on the pantry shelves.
Referrals to other hunger relief programs in Grand County, such as SHARES Colorado and the Food Stamp Program, are also included in the food boxes.
Whenever possible, grocery cards supplement the food boxes to ensure families get fresh produce and dairy products.
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There are six food banks in Grand County that will benefit from the Hunger Action Month Food Drive: Mountain Family Center’s Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling Food Banks and Samaritan Ministries Food Banks: Church of Eternal Hills, Fraser Valley Baptist Church, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church and Trinity Church in the Pines.
More information on hunger action projects across the United States may be found at http://www.feedamerica.org. To obtain food bank hours, call each church individually or contact the Mountain Family Center at (970) 725-3257.