Glenwood Springs, New Castle residents can buy together and save
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Alice Adams of New Castle likes to save money when she can.
So when she heard through the “grapevine” about Food Share America, a food co-op that allows a group of people to buy food in bulk from a Denver-based distributor, she thought it sounded like a pretty good program.
“I’ll tell you what, sir, I can get a whole box of produce for $20,” she said.
Food Share America, formerly known as SHARE Colorado, is a nonprofit food co-operative the main goal of which is to save people money on food, according to the organization’s website, http://www.sharecolorado. com.
The organization selects the 20 most popular items purchased by shoppers during grocery store visits, including fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meats, and then purchases the items through a national affiliate network in bulk quantities. The food is then shipped to host sites within participating communities. Garfield County now has two: the Eagles Lodge at 312 Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs, and a new host site at the New Castle Community Center located at 423 W. Main St. in New Castle.
“We’re winging it, but it’s working out,” said Jo Ellyn Bradley.
Bradley and her son, Josh Moore, started New Castle’s host site in October to hopefully entice more people to join.
“We’re just doing it because it’s a good thing for the community,” Bradley said. “It’s hard to get the word out sometimes, but I encourage people to come down to the community center on delivery days to look at the produce they could get.”
New Castle’s next delivery day is Jan. 17, between 9 and 10 a.m.
People can order food once a month either online, at http://www.sharecolorado.com, by calling their local host site or the main office in Denver, or by simply going to the local host site on the scheduled order day.
Most order days fall just after the first of the month. Schedules are available at sharecolorado. com.
“We can save up to 50 percent,” said Food Share America spokeswoman Rhonda Woodruff. “The good thing is that they don’t have to qualify for the program, and by using it, people are not taking away food from someone else.”
This program isn’t a food bank for people who are looking for handouts, Woodruff expressed, it’s for anyone who wants to participate.
The trouble is getting word out to people about the program.
“It’s a food co-op,” Woodruff said. “The more that use it the more buying power and the more we can help people save.”
According to Glenwood Springs host site manager Vickie Price, most months see only 15-25 orders. However, most people order online and not actually at the host site.
But Price said that it’s still a pretty popular program that’s been in Glenwood Springs for 12 years. And a pretty good deal for anyone looking for ways to cut back during these tough economic times.
“I tell everybody I can to get involved because this will save you money,” Adams said.
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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