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Celebrating 80 Years - Serving Essential Needs in Difficult Times, 2008, Care and Share Food Bank

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#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.

Food insecurity can be one of the most complex issues faced by a community, with consequences that compound and exacerbate challenges in other areas like education, economic development, and public health. Founded in 1972, Care and Share Food Bank works each day toward its vision of a hunger-free southern Colorado by providing millions of pounds of food each year to partner agencies in 31 counties.


Grantee Spotlight: Care and Share Food Bank  


One in eight people in southern Colorado is at risk of hunger and one in six children in the area do not have enough healthy and nutritious food to thrive. Care and Share Food Bank is tackling these region-wide challenges by providing food, partnership, and education to fight food insecurity in southern Colorado communities. Originally established as a small food basket delivery operation that was run out of volunteers’ basements and a two-car garage in Colorado Springs, Care and Share is now a vibrant organization that engages more than 7,000 volunteers each year and annually distributes more than 20 million pounds of food to 31 counties across southern Colorado.

Care and Share works toward its vision of a hunger-free southern Colorado through an extensive network of partnerships. Food is gathered from local, regional, and national sources, including: rescue food from grocery stores, farmers and restaurants; bulk food purchases; food drives; Feeding America; and government food sources. Care and Share then distributes food among more than 276 partner organizations across southern Colorado, including: food pantries, mobile food pantries, meal sites, children’s feeding programs, supplemental food offerings for low-income seniors and emergency shelters.

"Cooking Matters" is one of Care and Share's many exceptional programs


Other unique programs offered by Care and Share include the operation of its on-site gardens and greenhouse; and the six-week “Cooking Matters” course, which teaches low-income families how to shop for and create healthy, affordable meals.

El Pomar has been proud to support Care and Share Food Bank since 1982, when the Foundation provided a grant for the purchase of delivery truck. A particularly notable series of grants were provided during the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, when El Pomar Trustees created and utilized the “Colorado Assistance Fund.” For five years, Trustees allocated $1 million annually to be granted to human service organizations serving those most in need throughout Colorado. In recognition of its important work for individuals and families across southern Colorado, Care and Share received grants from this targeted fund in each of the five years it was utilized.




El Pomar in 2008

In 2008, 85 grants were provided from the Colorado Assistance Fund to human service organizations meeting essential needs in every corner of the state. Overall, the Foundation made 526 grants in the year totaling more than $12 million, with the largest grants to the United States Olympic Committee, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the Nature Conservancy, and Peak Vista Community Health Centers.  


Spotlight by Corey Baron and Janni Conrad

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