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Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies helps feed area residents

Starlene Collins/For the Saturday Morning Press

Imagine not knowing where you will find your next meal. Sadly, many of our neighbors don't need to imagine. One in seven Coloradans worry where their next meal will come from. These are people you meet every day – those with low wage jobs, children, and seniors on fixed incomes and those with health issues. Our mission is to ease the plight of these individuals and to effectively end hunger by procuring and distributing food and essentials through our direct service programs and hunger relief partner organizations.

Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies, located in Palisade, provides more than 5 million meals annually to needy individuals living in a 10-county service area on the Western Slope. We are a branch of Food Bank of the Rockies, the largest hunger relief organization in the Rocky Mountains, serving 30 counties in Colorado and the entire state of Wyoming. Last year, the food bank distributed nearly 43.6 million meals to the region.

Providing food through partner agencies such as church food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, distributing USDA commodities to seniors and low income families, and assisting hungry children through Kids Cafe, Totes of Hope and after-school snacks are just some of the ways the food bank helps feed the community.

Our mobile pantry program allows us to reach clients in areas where more help is needed. One of those mobile pantries serves Moffat County. On the second Tuesday of each month, WSFBR travels to Craig and distributes food to needy seniors and families. We couldn't make this happen without generous contributions from the local community. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig offers their facility in the winter and the County Commissioners allow us to distribute on the fairgrounds during the summer. Local volunteers from business and service organizations share their time to help us distribute the food each month. We are grateful to the Craig community for sharing their time and resources and greatly depend on this generous spirit to help feed our hungry neighbors.

The mobile pantry started distributing in Craig March of 2012 and has provided more than 168,000 meals to Moffat County residents in the past 3 ½ years. That equates to nearly 207,000 pounds of food. We strive to provide not only non-perishable food, but also fresh produce, dairy, baked goods and meats. We believe hungry people deserve nutritious, healthy items and strive to provide quality and variety in each delivery. It's heartwarming to hear stories of families who would otherwise struggle, now sharing gratitude for the peace of mind this program and these groceries bring.

If your organization would like to get involved, we welcome volunteer requests and monetary donations to help us keep the program running. To learn more about our mobile pantry and other programs Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies provides, visit our website, foodbankrockies.orgfoodbankrockies.org or drop by during one of our distributions. or drop by during one of our distributions.

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— Starlene Collins has been on staff with WSFBR for 16 years. Prior to that time she worked with a partner hunger relief program in Craig helping area seniors. She feels that helping the needy is more than a job, it is a calling.— Starlene Collins has been on staff with WSFBR for 16 years. Prior to that time she worked with a partner hunger relief program in Craig helping area seniors. She feels that helping the needy is more than a job, it is a calling.— Starlene Collins has been on staff with WSFBR for 16 years. Prior to that time she worked with a partner hunger relief program in Craig helping area seniors. She feels that helping the needy is more than a job, it is a calling.

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