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LIFT-UP is looking for a helping hand

Sean Johnson
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – The economy has taken a toll on everyone, and LIFT-UP is feeling the weight of more and more people needing help.

The amount of services being rendered by LIFT-UP has almost quadrupled since last year. The impact of the failing economy is being felt at all five area food pantries and at The Extended Table soup kitchen.

Requests for help increased by 364 percent between January and April this year as compared to 2008. Each community has seen an increase: Carbondale’s office has seen need grow by more than tenfold, Parachute’s requests have quadrupled, Glenwood Springs has tripled, and Rifle and New Castle’s amounts have doubled.

The Extended Table had its biggest serving month in April since opening 14 years ago. The kitchen served 1,375 meals, which was an increase of 63.5 percent compared to last April’s 841 meals served.

With the increased need, LIFT-UP is having to buy more food and is in need of more help. When supplies dwindle, LIFT-UP has to purchase food from the Food Bank of the Rockies or from local grocery stores.

“The demand is unprecedented in my six years with LIFT-UP,” Executive Director Mike Powell said in a press release. “We’re spending more on food than normal, trusting that the community will help, and hoping the economy will improve soon.”

With the increased demand, LIFT-UP needs more help. Those interested in helping can bring nonperishable food items to one of the LIFT-UP offices, or donate time by volunteering at one of the food pantries.

Powell is confident that the organization will continue to effectively meet the growing needs. He believes that LIFT-UP is here for when times get hard. He says that if everyone works together, those who are suffering will make it through the economic downturn.

Individuals wanting to volunteer can call 945-2005. Financial contributions may be sent to LIFT-UP at P.O. Box 1213, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, or donated online at http://www.liftup.org.


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