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In the months of November and December, we take a break from our normal line-up of all things real estate. Instead, we take this time to give back to the community by interviewing different non-profit organizations to help you decide which organizations you might want to send your holiday contributions. The holidays are when most of these organizations make their money to operate during the upcoming year.

 

Today, Deborah Elliott-Shultz welcomes Joanna Wise of Care and Share.

 

Did you know that in Colorado, 1 in 8 people are food insecure, which means they don’t always know where or when their next meal will happen. And 1 in 5 children are food insecure!

 

Care and Share’s mission is to get food out. They serve 31 counties across Southern Colorado. Their area is from North Monument south to the New Mexico border, and from the eastern border to the western border.

 

In most of these areas, they have established relationships with partner agencies (soup kitchens, food pantries, etc.) to distribute food in their communities.

 

Care and Share partner with Feeding America, which works with the “big guys,” such as Wal-Mart, farmers, and other food companies. Because of this partnership, Care and Share is able to stretch donated money. When you give to this organization, every $1=8 meals! Talk about dollar stretching. And $0.96 of every dollar goes directly to feeding people. Only $0.04 goes back into the organization for overhead, trucks, staff, and food maintenance.

 

Want to know how you can get involved? Well, donating money helps go along way. They are currently serving 140,000 people throughout the year, but would love to reach the 148,000 in need of help.

 

Looking for other ways you can help? Volunteers are always welcome! There are many shifts and jobs that can be done. Such as packaging food for the Send Hunger Packing program. This program hands out packages to kids who are on the free or reduced lunch program so they and 2-3 other family members will be able to eat over the weekend.

 

Other ways you can help are through food drives. Don’t have anything but expired foods in your pantry? That’s okay! They have special lists for that kind of thing. And how about canned fruit? Vegetables are frequently donated, but not fruit. It’s a special treat for families to get fruit, and it’s always a popular item.

 

Come listen to all the ways Care and Share helps the community and the ways you can get involved. If you would like to drop off donations, Care and Share is located at 2605 Preamble Point. Or you can call their facility Monday-Friday from 8a-5p at (719) 528-1247.

 

If you have any questions about real estate, want to buy a house, or would like to find out more about Mia Bella properties’ flat listing fee, call (719) 641-1357.