Sep 26, 2010 7:47 PM by Matt Stafford

Hunger growing in Southern Colorado

Southern Colorado's hungry are getting hungrier. Groups like Care and Share give out millions of pounds of food a year, but keep having to find millions more.

"In 2 years we've moved from 11 million to 18.5," says Deborah Tuck, C.E.O. of the food bank.

They supply local kitchens that help, like Colorado College's Community Kitchen. It's been around, feeding anyone for free on Sundays, for 18 years now; and a very important part of Care and Share's network.

"On Sunday, for homeless people, it's the only game in town," Tuck explains.

C.C. junior, Emily Burton-Boehr, sees the help she's been giving -- paying off on the faces that come through the line. She knows the rest of their week will probably be tough.

"They're going to probably not have food for some of that time," says Burton-Boehr, a student co-manager of the Community Kitchen.

Students help every week with the Sunday meal, but this weekend they're taking it a little further.  They held a cookout on Autrey Field on campus.  It's Hunger Awareness Month, and they want to make Colorado Springs aware of how hungry it really is.

"This is how a lot of people learn about the kitchen," says Burton-Boehr.

"I could spend all of my time of C.C.'s campus," says Colin McCarey, student co-manager of the Community Kitchen. The same goes for many college students, but McCarey is getting out of that college bubble. Helping those who need it get food makes a lot of sense to McCarey, he sees a lot of them needing help. However, not everyone sees it the same way.

"(I) get accused of being an enabler for people, but people are going to go about living their lives and I don't want to see anyone go hungry," McCarey explains.

For groups like Care and Share, they like to see that resolve. Leaders know these students will likely soon be running the show, as they work on an issue that doesn't seem to be getting any smaller.

"It's going up, it's not going down," says Tuck.

With hard work, they hope to change that.

For more information on Care and Share, click here.

To learn more about the Colorado College Community Kitchen, click here.


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