Care & Share plans to ramp up food distribution due to COVID-19

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Care and Share Food Bank expects to ramp up distribution in the wake of coronavirus.

Lynne Telford, Care and Share’s Chief Executive Officer said many of their volunteers are considered to be high-risk for contracting the virus and have chosen not to come in and volunteer. So they are in desperate need of volunteers.

“Some of our volunteers are in the vulnerable population and choosing not to come in, we respect that, but we need more volunteers than ever,” said Telford.

Telford said they are taking measures to keep volunteers safe, like not allowing any extra visitors into the building, requiring them to wear gloves and limited tasks to small groups.

“As COVID-19 forces many families to go without meals, paychecks, and resources, the number of people needing food assistance from Care and Share is likely to grow,” said Lynne Telford. “Our biggest challenge is that we must maintain our food supply to match growing demands. We are asking the community to rally behind us in the form of volunteering and financial support to allow us to be nimble and flexible in our response.”

“The time is really important to make that commitment, so many of us are worried about taking care of ourselves. It’s time remember there are other people that need to be taken care of too,” Craig Carnick a long-time volunteer said. “It’s really amazing with everybody panicked about contamination, or catching something, people who are willing to come out and make the extra effort, is it dangerous? I don’t think so. Is it needed? Absolutely.”

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Care and Share said they need two things at this time from the wider community, volunteer support and financial donations. More information on both can be found at http://careandshare.org/COVID19.

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