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Community Food Share brings food to the hungry in Boulder, Broomfield counties

By Max Siegelbaum, dailycamera.com

45 days ago   Article ID# 3993202
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Community Food Share

BOULDER, COLORADO (dailycamera.com) - In Boulder and Broomfield counties, one in eight people are food insecure, lacking access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle.

This means, "making decisions between buying a fan belt for your car, shoes for your kid who might be getting picked on at school or food," said Dennis Spraetz, a veteran volunteer at the OUR Center, a food bank in Longmont, which receives food from Community Food Share.

Community Food Share, an organization in Louisville and a recipient of this year's Season to Share funding, fights hunger by providing millions of pounds of fresh produce and other foods to pantries and people in Boulder and Broomfield counties, home to about 56,000 low-income families.

The warehouse in Louisville is set up like a regular supermarket, with different sections dedicated to canned goods, fresh produce and meat. The space is orderly and clean, and buzzes with volunteers, who contribute 64 percent of the work required for the organization to function.

Julia McGee, director of communications for Community Food Share says that the organization has 3,500 individual volunteers a year. In 2015, they distributed 9.1 million pounds of food and plan on distributing another 9.3 million this year.

Much of their food comes from donations by chain supermarkets. They receive pre-made goods like Trader Joe's sandwiches, slightly irregular fruit and vegetables and some food items that went unsold past their printed "sell by" or "best by" date. Eggs can be eaten 21 days past the "sell by" date, milk and cream can be consumed 7 days after, and meat, cheese and yogurt can be eaten for 14 days later.

"But we also tell our clients to use their judgment," McGee said.

Community Food Share is currently trying to raise $120,000 for a refrigerated truck, which they will use to bring food to elderly people and families who have issues with mobility as part of its Elder Share Program. This will become especially important in the winter months, McGee said.

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