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Volunteers distribute food to residents impacted by the coronavirus and its economic impact April 16 at the Salida Community Center. Photo by Dan Smith

The Salida community stepped up to help families affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic known COVID-19 again on April 16, at the Salida Community Center at Third and F Streets. More than 300 containers of food were given to an estimated 600 people, including 130 children, according to organizers.

Because of virus safety rules, volunteers from community organizations and individuals brought the supplies to recipients who were allowed to drive up in their cars. At times, the line stretched down Third Street a block and a half. Food boxes this month were being distributed to seniors at home. Items handed out included oranges, apples and whole milk, in addition to the boxes of food.

The Community Center administers the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for low income residents and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) providing low income seniors with extra food each month. The program is run at no cost to recipients, who only need to identify themselves, the number of people in their household and their address.

The Central Colorado Humanists also participate monthly, distributing personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant and toilet paper.

Another food distribution is scheduled for May 6 at the Salida Community Center.

For more information, call center director Elaine Allemang at 719-539-3351.