On a mild week day morning in April, Robert took his place in a line that stretched a city block. This line is worth waiting in for all these folks because it means a meal. Even if it's the only one they get that day. Robert was in prison for years and when he was released he found himself with no one. And no place to go. With no identification, it was impossible to find employment. Fortunately, he found a number of organizations who were more than willing to lend a helping hand. They helped him get on his feet, gave him a place to rest his head, food to keep him nourished and made sure he was able to renew his barber's license.
Robert was happy to share his story. He's not proud of his past, but he is proud of where he's headed and promises that "When I get back on my feet financially, I'm definitely giving back."
Nearly half a million Coloradoans battle an invisible reality. They're regular people with the same basic needs as you and me. Passers-by can't pinpoint their struggle, but it's very real.
Food is a luxury and often times they don't know where their next meal will come from. People interested in the issue of hunger can go online and find endless stats. They can look up organizations who fight the good fight. But what they can't find are the people. The faces of their hungry neighbors. The stories left untold.
Food Bank of the Rockies wants to get at the heart of the issue of hunger by introducing those on the frontlines in Colorado. No sugar coating. Just real people. Real faces. And a very real problem happening in our own backyard. These Coloradoans either feel the invisible growl personally or they work toward tackling that growl.
After spending time with these individuals, we think you'll agree that these folks are some of the most visible individuals you'll ever meet.