Kaiser Permanente Colorado has awarded a $62,796 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fund to the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.
The funding will support the expansion and implementation of Care and Share programs including 32 new Cooking Matters classes and the implementation of the Healthy Pantry project at four partner agencies in El Paso, Pueblo and Fremont counties.
Helping feed the residents of southern Colorado since 1974, Care and Share is the only food bank serving a 31-county region. Each year, Care and Share distributes more than 17 million pounds of food. Some 75 percent of individuals served by the organization live below the federal poverty level.
Cooking Matters, a national program designed by Share Our Strength, teaches hands-on meal preparation with a particular emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole-grains, nutrition and food budgeting skills. Classes take place over six weeks and include specific lessons in English and Spanish.
“Care and Share thanks Kaiser Permanente for their generous support of our organization,” said Lynne Telford, president and CEO of Care and Share.