Number of Grand County food bank clients doubles from 2007 to 2008 |

Number of Grand County food bank clients doubles from 2007 to 2008

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

The number of individuals the Mountain Family Center has served at its Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling food banks has more than doubled from 2007 to 2008, according to Food Coordinator Sue Perkins.

The need is an indicator of job layoffs related to the economy, she said. In 2007, 1,049 individuals went to the Hot Sulphur Springs food bank. In 2008, that number jumped to 2,467 people.

For families living paycheck-to-paycheck, any disruption such as a car in need of repair, a sickness in the family or reduced work hours can become a nudge toward homelessness.

A food donation can help free up money to pay toward other necessities.

“It doesn’t take much to get behind. There are a lot of sad stories out there,” Perkins said. “We do have new families coming in that are very humble.”

Requests for rent and utility assistance have nearly doubled as well, according to officials with the nonprofit.

Supplying the pantry:

Like many food banks nationwide, the Mountain Family Center is challenged with keeping food on its shelves.

For that reason, the nonprofit is seeking the community’s help.

The Center requests donations of the following foods:

– Soups and hearty soups

– Box meals (such as hamburger helper)

– Rice

– Spaghetti noodles and spaghetti sauce

– Ramen noodles

– Peanut butter and jelly

– 100 percent fruit juices

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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