The goal for our Food Security program’s goal is to alleviate hunger in Southeast Colorado Springs. This plan includes development of Green Houses, Hydropod Farms, co-op Grocery Stores and multiple Food Banks throughout the area. Our services will improve the ability of families to care for their children by providing a healthy meal.
We’ve already opened a weekly Community Food Bank, and have been distributing food to those in need. A network of service agencies supports our efforts, these agencies are Care and Share, Food to Power, COSILove YOU and Harrison School District #2.
Southeast Colorado Springs comprises approximately 72,000 residents. Approximately 20% of those residents (14,000 people) qualify for state assistance. Nearly half of those served by the food organizations in Southeast Colorado Springs are children, which amounts to around 7,000 children.
SRCDC’s food pantry is an important resource to these families, because we can respond quickly with the one of the most important resources these families need – food!
These families reside primarily in the zip codes of 80910 and 80916. Over the next 2-3 years, families with children who need food services are estimated to increase. As employment decreases, new families with children will require even more food assistance.
Just to give you a practical idea, 7,000 children is enough to almost completely fill the Broadmoor World Arena!