The Crestone Eagle • December, 2020

Crestone Food Bank relies on community support

by Marge Hoglin

If you want to make a difference in a time of crisis, please consider joining in the effort to ensure that all our friends and neighbors have enough to eat.   

At the Crestone Food Bank, folks regularly wait in line outside in the cold from a half hour before opening until long after our scheduled closing.  By the time we shut down last week, we had served more than a hundred area residents, a record number and around double the number we were serving last year.

There is no doubt that people were there because they needed food.

You can help by donating food or money. We accept donations from 9am to noon every Wednesday and on the last Saturday of the month. Fresh produce, dairy and whole grains are especially needed. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 222, Crestone 81131.

Our friends at the Crestone Mercantile are offering another easy way to purchase a case of wholesome nutritious food for the Crestone Food Bank. Look for the “Share as You Shop” poster on the store bulletin board and select one of six donation tags, each identifying a product needed at the food bank. The Merc will order the item from its wholesale distributor and food bank volunteers will pick it up when it arrives. Products will change regularly and are priced within every budget.

The Elephant Cloud market is planning to donate one holiday turkey to the food bank for every 10 turkeys purchased.  We are most grateful to the businesses and individuals who are helping. We are most grateful to the businesses and individuals who are helping.

Please dress for cold weather when you come to the food bank.  Unfortunately, social distancing protocol precludes us from providing indoor waiting space and we do not have space for people to wait in their cars.  In order to minimize time that people must wait in the cold, we are asking clients to make their selections quickly once they are inside the food bank.

Since we no longer have space to store empty boxes, clients are reminded to reuse their boxes or shopping bags.  The Food Bank also needs plastic grocery bags and glass jars with lids, preferably pint size, for storing bulk cooking oil.

Many of us are disappointed about being unable to celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family and/or worried about the health of loved ones. The pandemic is raging; others have lost their jobs and exhausted their savings.

Let’s pull together and do what we can to help one another. Thank you!