DENVER (CBS4) – One in every seven Coloradans is struggling to afford food. The need has gone up in the past year and food banks are doing what they can to meet that need.
The Food Bank of the Rockies just started up a brand new Mobile Pantry program. A truck is loaded up with food and taken to a site around the Denver metro area such as churches.
The program is trying to help people who need food but don’t live near a good pantry. People come to the sites and load up boxes of food.
Many of the people using the service aren’t homeless — many are families and individuals who are having a tough time making ends meet. Some have lost their jobs while others are working fewer hours and need help feeding their children.
The Food Bank of the Rockies delivers to sites Tuesday through Saturday.
“The response has been tremendous. Some sites start with seeing or feeding 75 to 100 people; and we now have those sites now see over 400 households per site and that is just since July,” Mobile Pantry coordinator Kaye Lyssy said.
The Mobile Pantry program started up just 7 months ago. There are 30 different sites that serve than 24,000 people each month. For more information on the Mobile Pantry or how to donate, visit the Food Bank of the Rockies website.