The Care and Share Foodbank of Colorado Springs, CO is helping provide emergency food aid to thousands of people displaced by wildfires. Care and Share, a member of the Feeding America network, helps needy families throughout Southern Colorado.
The fast-escalating wildfires have forced the evacuation of at least 32,000 people from their homes. The Waldo Canyon blaze, which started last week, has claimed homes near the city of Colorado Springs and the situation may worsen. The wildfires are being called among the most devastating in Colorado’s history.
Lynne Telford, Care and Share’s president, says the foodbank is providing assistance through the Red Cross, Salvation Army, emergency management, and partner agencies.
Care and Share is accepting food donations at its facility in Colorado Springs and monetary donations online at its web site. The agency is requesting canned and boxed meals such as macaroni and cheese, soups, beef stew, ravioli, cereal, cans of fruits and vegetables as well as basic hygiene items like toothpaste.
Colorado Springs is located in El Paso County where 15 percent of the population suffers from hunger according to a new study by Feeding America. El Paso County has a child hunger rate of 20 percent according to the same Feeding America study.
You can make a donation to help feed those displaced by the Colorado wildfires at www.careandshare.org.