Boulder area officials are seeing more and more people needing help with having enough to eat. Officials have reported an increased number of people seeking assistance from both food banks and from first-time applications have sent the number of people getting benefits from SNAP, which is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
A Boulder-area food drive called “Let’s Bag Hunger” by Community Food Share has collected a total of 32,474 pounds of food to help those in need. The total falls short by about 18,000 pounds that the food drive had collected at the same time last year.
The food drive also has collected $3,883. Community Food Share’s goal is $20,000, so it has a long way to go to meet its desired level of contributions.
Community Food Share helps provide food to more than 60 groups in the Boulder and Broomfield areas. They range from churches to food pantries to homeless shelters. Their clients include people struggling with unemployment and the working poor.
If you want to donate to help Community Food Share, there are drop-off sites at grocery stores across Boulder County. You also can donate money online. The Community Food Share says it can make four meals out of $1.
Food drives often seek good sources of protein, such as tuna, peanut butter and beans. They also are in need of canned fruits, vegetables, soups, pastas and other packaged goods.