Grand County’s Mountain Family Center aids food insecurity
Sky-Hi News Intern
Despite Grand County’s decreasing unemployment rates and improved economy, many local families still struggle with food insecurities.
Low paying jobs, unreliable transportation, and expensive groceries make it hard for these families to obtain the basic necessities for life, says Helen Sedlar, executive director of Grand County’s Mountain Family Center (MFC).
MFC was formed in 1979, and earned its 501(c) 3 status on Feb. 5, 1987. Sedlar has been the executive director for two and a half years and has a long history and passion for work in nonprofits.
“MFC was an organization I was already interested in because it helped others in our community with basic needs,” Sedlar declared, “We meet needs for food, shelter, and clothing.”
While the organization has a solid track record helping those in need, Sedlar hopes to accomplish even more. Even with the local economy on the upswing, low-income families don’t always have access to the basic necessities for living, particularly families who must commute long distances to jobs.
However, with the help of Grand County citizens, making a difference isn’t hard to do. Donating to MFC’s canned food drives, making private donations, and writing grants all benefit the needs of the programs MFC offers.
“Mountain Family Center relies heavily upon local support to keep our programs and services up and running,” Sedlar stated.
Among the many programs Mountain Family Center runs, the two food pantries, located in Granby and Kremmling, provide food to those in need. These families suffer from food insecurities, a term used to describe the measure of the lack of access, due to finances, to nutritionally adequate foods.
In Grand County, about 1,940 people face food insecurities at home, which is roughly 13.3 percent of our population compared to the state’s 13.9 percent food insecurity rate, according to Sedlar. The good news is that MFC served 1,800 of those people. Sedlar feels that a lot of people struggle with food insecurities “privately or silently” and it’s important to remember that anyone you know could be suffering.
“In 2014 we had 4,805 visits to the food pantries and through June, we’ve had 2,235 visits and expect that trend to continue for the remainder of 2015,” Sedlar summarized. MFC expects to meet or exceed that level of need.
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