COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - One in four kids could face hunger this year, according to No Kid Hungry, which is why the organization is looking to be a helping hand during this time.
The Care and Share Food Bank in Southern Colorado received a $26,000 grant from No Kid Hungry. During this pandemic, food insecurity increased dramatically. At the Care and Share food bank, they say they saw a 50% increase of people in need compared to years before.
Care and Share food bank will use the No Kid Hungry grant to provide more food to families and individuals across Pueblo County.
One of the projects utilizing the funds is Care and Share's very first owned and operated food pantry, Sunny Side Market, which will be located on the east side of Pueblo. For years, Care and Share has been working with community leaders to get this initiative going and it is finally coming to fruition.
The food bank is putting these funds to use right away.
“We’ll be able to use these funds in a few different ways, we’ll be able to use it by providing more food to our partner food pantries in Pueblo county, it will also help us with our Sunny Side Market in the east side in Pueblo and it will also help us with our food mobile program which is brand new and is able to help us across Pueblo county," said Communications Director, Joanna Wise with the Care and Share Food Bank.
The Sunny Side market will open on February 18th.
If you know someone in need 'No Kid Hungry' has a texting tool where you can text either 'FOOD' or 'COMIDA' to 877-877 to find free meals for kids 18 and under.