Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Jan Huston

Jan Huston

Jan Huston works at Agape Life Church, located at 5970 West 60th Avenue in Arvada. The church distributes food every Thursday to low-income residents from Jefferson County. They give out food from several sources: the Food Bank of the Rockies through the Emergency Food Assistance Program, food purchased with church congregation fund donations from the Food Bank of Rockies, donations from stores, restaurants and the church congregation.

The church also operates a soup kitchen, using government-subsided food or food purchased from the Food Bank of the Rockies. Church members and volunteers cook meals and deliver them to low-income residents at their homes in Jefferson County.

The church has seen a significant rise in need. Between March and July, the number of people they serve doubled to more than 4,000. The need for food has been increasing in the last 6 months.

"The Recovery Act food has been a tremendous help," Ms. Huston affirms, because "it will help us to continue to service more people." Furthermore, the Recovery Act dollars have allowed the food banks to purchase extra protein for their customers, which is generally too expensive. Ms. Huston says those in need deeply appreciate the extra nutrition. She explains, "It's always with great delight that they leave when they see that they have some kind of protein extra to take home with them."


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