Aurora is gifting away 1,000 grocery packing containers in lower than an hour within the weekly cell pantry

The City of Aurora, Food Bank of the Rockies, and Aurora Interfaith Community Services hosted the first of several mobile food distributions planned for the summer on Wednesday morning.

Dozens of cars lined up 20 blocks near Aurora Central High School, illustrating the impact of the economic crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic on families.

“When we arrived just after 7 a.m. this morning to start building the barricades, people were already in line,” said Claudine McDonald, a spokeswoman for Aurora City.

Food distribution was supposed to start at 10 a.m., but due to the long lines, organizers started loading boxes and bags of groceries into cars at 9:30 a.m. Within an hour, all 1,000 boxes of groceries had been given away.

“Given the need across the country, it’s not that surprising,” said McDonald.

Families with children were hoping for a grocery box with enough food for around nine meals. Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman arrived on Wednesday and began working with organizers to plan a city-wide food ride. McDonald said they hope to give away 3,000 boxes at future events.

The mobile pantry plans to distribute groceries in different locations every Wednesday morning through Wednesday, August 26th. You must bring proof of Aurora’s residence to receive groceries.

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