GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Every fourth Saturday of the month hundred of cars line up at Clifton Christian Church for the parking lot pantry. Volunteers of all ages pack cars with fresh vegetables, as well as eggs and butter; food so basic, but for some so necessary for survival.
The church partners with the Food Bank of the Rockies to host this food drive, which typically sees 300 – 500 households each month, and no matter how many cars line up, it never turns away a hungry soul.
Jackie Feaster, director of the food bank, says, “I think it’s a terrible time we are living in. Food insecurity affects anybody, any walk of life, any education background, any kind of status.”
Feaster adds, in 2020 the food bank fed approximately 10,000 households, and 3,000 of those households never visited a pantry before. She says, “the pandemic has grown the number of people we have who need food and financial support.” And Feaster believes this intensity will continue. She says, “I expect we will be like this the whole year. I’m not planning on anything changing in 2021.”
The pantry at Clifton Christian Church is also open Wednesday from 9 AM – 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM – 3 PM, as well as Friday from 9 AM – 11:30 AM.