Pueblo Cooperative Care Center seeks to prevent hunger in the Pueblo community by providing emergency food and services as well as medical prescription assistance, emergency transportation, and donations of clothing and personal hygiene products for more than 30,000 individuals. Their food sack program serves as the largest community food assistance program in southern Colorado. Through partnerships with organizations such as Care and Share of Southern Colorado and Posada, Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has been able to make a lasting impact in the community. Founded as a partnership of five downtown churches more than 30 years ago, this organization is now supported by 68 churches, businesses, corporations and private individuals.
One third of individuals in Pueblo County receive public assistance, and the services provided by Pueblo Cooperative Care Center are critical in ensuring the 160,000 Pueblo County residents are receiving aid and support during challenging times.
In 2014, El Pomar made a $10,000 grant in support of the food sack program as well as a $1,500 Council member merit grant. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center is involved in another aspect of El Pomar’s work in Southern Colorado, serving as a project site for El Pomar Foundation’s Student Leadership Experience Program where four Colorado State University-Pueblo students will be working on a technical assistance project with the Center for the 2014-2015 school year. The Center will help the students to develop their leadership skills as well as gain hands-on nonprofit management skills.
Pueblo Cooperative Care Center has a mission to fight hunger in Southeastern Colorado and strives to provide hope to individuals facing challenge in their lives El Pomar Foundation applauds the work being done by Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, improving the lives of Pueblo residents and making the possibility of overcoming challenge a reality.