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More families seeking help to put food on the table

More families seeking help from food pantries, study says

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More than 46 million people in the U.S. rely on food pantries and other meal services to help feed themselves and their families, according to data released by Feeding America Monday.

Feeding America is a national network of food banks, including Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. To arrive at its findings the study had 60,000 people answer confidential questions about their situation.

It found, among other things, that one in seven Americans relies on food pantries to put food on the table. And 25 percent of military families seek help from food pantries. The percentage resembles the situation in Southern Colorado.

"It resembles it pretty closely," said Shannon Coker, marketing and communications director of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We know that the national number is 25 percent and sadly we know that there are military families in need of assistance that they unfortunately have to go to food pantries get that additional food that they need at the end of the month when they are waiting on a paycheck."

She said Care and Share can provide the assistance they need.

"We as a food bank want to make sure that these families have food because they are defending our country and that's the last thing we want them to worry about," she said. "And it's the last thing we want all southern Coloradoans to worry about, is where is my next meal going to come from?"

Coker said Care and Share saw an increase of 6,000 people needing food assistance in the last year in Southern Colorado.

Care and Share and the agencies it works with provide food, no questions asked. If you need food assistance, you can find the closest food pantry to you by calling Pikes Peak United Way at 211 or visit Care and Share's website at www.careandshare.org.

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