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Food Bank of the Rockies prepared for next surge in demand

The Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies is anticipating an increase in the number of...
The Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies is anticipating an increase in the number of families in need in the coming months.(Yzabelah Roberts)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 7:24 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2020 at 9:23 AM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -

A local food bank says they’re ready for the next surge for families in need.

The Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies is anticipating an increase in the number of families in need in the coming months.

Due in part because the $600 unemployment checks are set to expire soon.

The food bank partners with School District 51 and works with schools to meet their varying accommodations.

“We saw a huge spike in need, up to ten times normal numbers in some parts of the Western Slope. We still are seeing high-high need in some areas and we’re overall at a 50% increase in food distribution,” says Sue Ellen Rodwick, branch director.

They say the Aspen-Basalt area is where they are seeing their highest demand.

The food bank is also in need of volunteers.

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