Food bank seeks community help


— LIFT-UP of Routt County is hoping the community will come together to donate food for hungry people in the Routt County area.

LIFT-UP is holding a food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Clark's Market in west Steamboat Springs, where children from the Mission of Grace Baptist Church of Hayden will be sitting outside the store collecting food donations.

LIFT-UP has a food bank that serves residents of Routt County. People can show up three times in a period of six months to get three bags of food each time at the George Sauer Center.

Recently the stock of food available has dwindled to barely meet the needs of the food bank's customers, said David Freseman, the executive director of LIFT-UP.

"The need is very bad we have a pretty regular stream of clients and we have a pretty limited amount of food donations," Freseman said.

Lately, the people who came to the food bank had to take items such as dried beans home for lack of more substantial food, said Penny Lucas, the community resource manager at LIFT-UP.

Some of those people were young people who do not know how to cook items such as dried beans, Lucas said.

The food bank is supplied by local food stores and people who give direct donations in addition to food the organization buys with money it makes from its thrift store and other donations.

LIFT-UP served a total of 226 people in January, 44 of whom were children, and has served 79 people so far in February, Lucas said.

Lucas said the bank needs dry goods and household products.


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