Food insecurity is still a big issue in Aurora

The city works with the Food Bank of the Rockies and Aurora Public Schools to help keep food insecure people fed.

AURORA, Colorado – As families get back to work and their lives after the pandemic, the city of Aurora works to help the starving, a task that made the city bigger during the pandemic.

“We conducted a survey and said what you need in the pandemic and one of the biggest needs was food,” said Claudine McDonald, executive director of the Aurora Police Department’s new community relations division.

The starting gun will be fired on Saturday, June 5th, at Overland High School, and police officers are putting together 1,000 activity packages for children and young people. There are job opportunities at leisure centers to become lifeguards and information on mental health services for students returning to school in the fall.

“Mental health care for our youth is paramount, and youth suicide is at its peak right now. So we want to make sure we not only keep families informed, but also make sure our youth has someone to join she can turn, ”said McDonald.

The city is partnering with the Food Bank of the Rockies and Aurora Public Schools (APS) to keep feeding the food insecure.

“Just because school is over doesn’t mean you get hungry,” said Katie Lopez, director of APS Nutrition Services.

“We’re starting to think things are normal, but really it’s not, families are still in trouble and facing hardship,” said McDonald.

APS Nutrition Services plans to hand out 4,000 bags of groceries and family supplies at the event to help the city continue what they started a year ago.

“We want the community to get what we think they need, not what they asked for,” said McDonald.

The event on Saturday starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until supplies are used up.
APS also offers breakfast and lunch for children who come through the transit with their parents.

Aurora Police Department now has the new community relations section, and the city said this is one of the ways they hope to rebuild their relationship with the community.

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