Aurora begins distributing 9,000 meals a week to residents in need

AURORA | A roving food distribution service is slated to roll through Aurora next week, handing out thousands of free meals to hungry residents.

According to information released by the city on Friday, the service is set to hand out 1,000 boxes of various groceries once a week from May 20. The effort is a collaboration between the city’s Community Relations department and Aurora Interfaith Community Services, a northern Aurora-based nonprofit group.

According to city officials, the service is only intended to serve Aurora residents. Aurors seeking a grocery box, each expected to contain approximately nine meals worth of groceries, will be instructed to arrive at one of the pantry’s locker rooms with valid photo identification. People without ID will need to use other means to provide proof of Aurora residency.

People affected by homelessness will be given emergency grocery kits and will not need to present identification if they don’t have one.

The first food distribution event will be held at Aurora Central High School, 11700 E. 11th Ave., May 20, 10 am-1pm. The following Wednesday, the pantry at Hinkley High School, 1250 S, will serve groceries for the same period on Chambers Road.

According to a spokesman for the city, the food will be distributed until all 1,000 boxes are gone. Additional materials, including resources for the home library and rental assistance information, will also be available.

“We understand the need,” said Claudine McDonald, director of community relations. “We’ll distribute food until we go out.”

The announcement came shortly after Stanley Beer Hall announced it would be serving 1,000 meals a day to unemployed restaurant workers as part of the Colorado Restaurant Response. Meals are distributed by a bevy of local nonprofit groups, including the Muslim Community Center, Dayton Street Opportunity Center, and Friends of St. Andrew.

Aurora Public Schools have also been busy distributing free meals for the past few months, according to information released by the district. Officials have served more than 500,000 meals since March and plan to continue the daily feeding program through at least July.

Anyone with questions about the new mobile pantry is invited to call 720-557-6444. The events are currently scheduled to run until August 26th.

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