Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Jean Echeverria

Jean Echeverria



Jean Echeverria, a Weld Food Bank worker


"The economy has hurt a lot of people. I'm getting affected myself. I have family members and friends who come through."

Every weekday, Jean Echeverria packs food into boxes at the Weld Food Bank for families and individuals who are in desperate straits. In recent months, the customer service representative has been seeing more families who have never requested food aid before. Their emergency food requests have risen 30 percent compared to the year before.


"The economy has hurt a lot of people. I'm getting affected myself. I have family members and friends who come through."


In a few weeks, the Greeley-based food bank expects to receive a major shipment of food paid for by the Recovery Act. They will get 137 cases of canned pork and 221 cases of cheese. That's enough to give for almost 3,000 individuals and families. The food bank also expects to receive major shipments of eggs, sliced turkey and whole chickens. Echeverria said she's never seen such high quality protein products like those since she began working at the food bank last year.


"Nutritionally, it's going to be great," she said. "It's very important that we get our hands on this stuff. The cost in the stores for this food is just beyond their reach. When we had this food to people, they are so appreciative."


Once the food shipments reach their building, "it's going to be gone quick."

 

 

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