Care and Share Food Bank is opening two new food pantries this week, in bid to reduce hunger in Southern Colorado, the nonprofit announced Monday.
The pantries, called “Sunny Side Market | Food For All," are located in Fountain, at 501 E. Iowa Ave., and Pueblo, at 1230 E. 8th St.
People in need will have the opportunity to shop at either location several times a week, free of charge, the charity said. They will only have to enroll as shoppers once, either online at sunnysidemarket.org or at their first visit, and will be issued a card for future visits.
The food pantry will offer a variety of grocery options available to shoppers including fresh fruits and vegetables; fresh meats and poultry; dairy products; canned goods; cereals and boxed goods; breads, rolls, and loaves; sweet treats and cookies; and frozen meals and other prepared goods.
“We have been dreaming about the possibility of launching a network of Care and Share owned-and-operated food pantries, and we’re thrilled to see it come to fruition,” Lynne Telford, Care and Share Food Bank CEO, said in a statement.
Amid COVID-19 concerns, Sunny Side Market has outlined a few safety precautions. A limited number of shoppers will be allowed in the market at a time, and masks must warn at all times. Volunteers will also consistently sanitize shopping carts and equipment, and hand sanitizer will be available for shoppers and volunteers.
The Fountain location was expected to open to shoppers for the first time starting Tuesday, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will hold weekly hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the charity said.
"We’re eager to continue to serve our communities and to get more food to our neighbors in need,” Telford said.