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Food Distribution In Saguache on Thursday

The next Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) distribution will be tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 20 in Saguache. The location is 305 3rd Street and will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

TEFAP is a federal program administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that help supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.

People often ask what kind of food they will receive.  Items will vary but TEFAP foods generally include staples such as milk, cereal, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, dried beans, peanut butter, pasta, and chicken.

Recipients are eligible to receive TEFAP foods one time per month.  Please bring a picture ID. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For readers unfamiliar with the TEFAP program, it’s operated by the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. At Care and Share Food Bank, they believe that no one should go hungry. Every day, Care and Share provides food to its partner agencies across Southern Colorado to serve neighbors in need because well-fed communities are better for everyone.

Care and Share exists to ensure that the one in eight Southern Coloradans at risk of hunger have access to enough healthy and nutritious food to thrive. They know that children without adequate access to food cannot develop successfully, families cannot plan for their future, and seniors find it more difficult to remain independent.

Care and Share History

According to the Care and Share website: In 1972, our founder Sister Dominique Pisciotta saw many people in her own community struggling with hunger and decided to do something about it.  Hunger wasn’t ok with Sister Dominique then and it isn’t ok with us now. We know you feel the same way.

In the early days, we distributed food baskets throughout Colorado Springs. Now, we provide millions of pounds of food throughout 31 Southern Colorado counties. We have far outgrown our humble beginnings, where we distributed food out of volunteers’ basements and a two car garage on S. Wahsatch Street.  Today, we have the privilege of running our operation from a well- equipped distribution centers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.  And volunteers, always the lifeblood of our work, have grown in ranks from one committed Sister to more than 7,000 annually! 

Saguache News – December 13

Supplemental Food Distribution on Friday

The next Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Distribution will be Friday, Dec. 15 at Lazy KV Estates from 10:30 – 12 Noon at the clubhouse.supplemental-commodity-distribution_saguache_8 

Everyone is welcome for the supplemental distribution!

If available, please bring proof of income, residency, and photo id. If you are having someone pick up for you, don’t forget to send in your proxy form. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  

Seniors Saving Money with SHED in Saguache Today

Saguache County seniors are taking advantage of the SHED (Saguache Healthy Elders Discount) program and saving hundreds of dollars every week at the 4th Street Food Store.

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Eligible seniors can now receive a 20% discount 4th Street Food Store located downtown.

To sign up for SHED membership, you must be 60 years of age or older and reside in Saguache County.  Members receive a 20% discount on all food purchases at the nonprofit grocery.  Ride-share and/or grocery delivery service also is available through SHED.

The program, started last fall with generous support from the Saguache County commissioners, is intended to help seniors on fixed incomes who earn too much to qualify for other assistance but still struggle to make ends meet. 

Participation is increasing steadily as awareness of the program grows.   Nearly 40% of our customers now are taking the SHED discount, and we encourage eligible residents to do so as needed.

From squash to cherries, summer’s fruits & vegetables are coming soon to 4th St Food Store.

With the discount, on prices already significantly lower than those offered at comparable health or local food stores, low-income residents no longer need to drive 100 or so miles roundtrip to shop for healthy choices.

That saves time, gas money, wear and tear on vehicles, and it keeps more tax dollars in Saguache County.

The 4th Street Food Store, a nonprofit project of Saguache Works, is dedicated to providing affordable access to fresh, healthy food, to supporting Valley food producers and to creating jobs for area residents. Lower prices, and SHED discounts, leave very little margin to cover overhead expenses and to pay store staff.   Saguache Works very much appreciates, therefore, those senior customers who can afford to pay full price and decline to take food discounts.

To sign up for SHED, or to inquire about ride services, stop by the 4th Street Food Store, at 404 4th St. in downtown Saguache, or call 719-655-0216.