Food Security in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Food banks around the Front Range are being significantly impacted during this pandemic. Less donations combined with increased demand means they are struggling to keep up.

Kimberly Ruotsala, Executive Director of Community Food Share in Louisville, wants the community to know that they are open and available to help those experiencing food insecurity.

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“Community Food Share will remain open, and we will continue to serve the community during Stay at Home Orders; our food bank is considered an “essential business”, and therefore we are exempt.”

Ruotsala says that even prior to the current COVID 19 pandemic, 40,000 people relied on their network of food pantries and meal programs. In the week following statewide school and business shutdowns, Ruotsala says they hit record-breaking distribution numbers for their Louisville facility — evidence that as layoffs continue at a staggering rate, more and more community members are needing help for the first time.

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