Share Colorado food bank files for bankruptcy

Agency provided for residents in need in Western Slope towns

Share Colorado, an organization that provided food for residents in several western Colorado counties, recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

Share Colorado, based in Pueblo, had customers in several Western Slope communities, such as Delta, Fruita, Craig and Steamboat Springs, a spokeswoman said.

Some Fruita customers used food stamps to pay for their Share Colorado food, Genie Brandhorst, site director for Share Colorado in Fruita, said Wednesday.

“Both ladies are disabled, so I’m concerned for them,” Brandhorst said. “I cannot get any response from anybody (at Share Colorado), and that does not make me feel good.”

She has worked with as many as 40 families and now works with about 25, Brandhorst said.

Problems cropped up in May with the organization when a scheduled shipment failed to arrive, Brandhorst said.

A woman named Twila at the Pueblo offices of Share Colorado said she would fax and e-mail information about the company’s condition to The Daily Sentinel, but none arrived Wednesday.

The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, state and federal officials said.

Share Colorado claims it works with more than 11,000 families in 10 states: Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

The company’s program originally called for customers to spend $25 and perform community service in order to receive $50 worth of food.

Of late, Share Colorado hasn’t insisted on the community service, but many customers still provide it, Brandhorst said.


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