Coronavirus In Colorado: Bad News For Restaurants Turns Into Welcome Gift For Food Bank

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DENVER (CBS4) – The large number of unemployed has put real pressure on food banks across the region. At the same time, donations have decreased.
"In the last two weeks, Rocky Mountain Food Bank has doubled our food distribution, "said Erin Pulling, CEO of the nonprofit organization.

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“We hope that this will continue and even increase now in the coming weeks. Many people may have been on a salary having to choose between rent and food and now they face that decision. ”

But the Food Bank is also struggling with a drop in donations and volunteers.

“We depend on our retail partners like King Soopers, Walmart and Safeway to donate food to us. Those supplies have decreased, but we hope they will recover soon. ”

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Pulling said those donations were cut about a third, but they are receiving donations from an unexpected source, restaurants.

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"What we have seen is a glimmer of hope from so many restaurant closings right now is a torrent of support from restaurants, from food that they will no longer be able to use."

Thursday morning, which included a truckload of supplies destined for 80 Starbucks stores that are now closed. That truck included milk that was distributed immediately.

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But the Food Bank also needs help sorting and distributing those foods. She needs about 100 volunteers a day to take care of the donations and take them to the community food pantries.

And Paul Berteau, a longtime volunteer, will tell you that helping can make you feel better.

"Volunteers are the life blood of any nonprofit organization," said Berteau. "We could not afford to do what we do without the volunteers who are here regularly. I do this because it is an opportunity to give back."

The Rocky Mountain Food Bank says social distancing is possible within its 100,000-square-foot warehouse.

In addition to food and volunteer donations, the Food Bank is also seeking monetary donations.

If you want to help, you can get more information at Rocky Mountain Food Bank.

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