Mountain towns relying more on food banks this year

9NEWS at 6 p.m. 11/11/16.

Summit County -  Iren Moyer has been helping feed her community for years at the Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge.

She has been organizing a food bank and helping with community dinners every Sunday night for seven years.

November is typically one of the busiest times of year, with around 100 people each Sunday being given a free meal. It increases as people move to town for resort jobs at the ski area and wait for their first pay check.

“November is my busiest month, last year I served 715 people,”’ said Moyer.

But this year, many of those people will be waiting longer than normal for that paycheck.

“It’s going to double if not more,” said Moyer.

The problem is that this time of year people start arriving in ski towns and usually start working but this season warm weather has kept many ski areas and their jobs closed.

At the Family Intercultural Resource Center food bank in Silverthorne, Anita Overmyer says they’re food stock is low and they’re having a harder time than usual keeping their shelves stocked.

“We’re not sure when the resorts will open and when that first pay check will come in that’s the concerning part right now,” said Overmyer.

With demand jumping this week, “demand has doubled,” said Overmyer.

The good news is that it’s right before the 9Cares Colorado Shares and Colorado Mountain Express Fill the Van food drive Saturday in Summit County and around Colorado.

“This food drive is the biggest we see all year it truly makes a difference,”’ said Overmyer. Which is a sweet way to help so that people like Iren can keep helping others with a little food and a whole lot of smiles.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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