Vail Daily’s View: Shelves bare at Vail Valley food pantries
Vail, CO, Colorado
Eagle County led a food drive Friday and will match donations made by the public.
That means if you donated five jars of peanut butter, the county will do the same.
The county commissioners joined the elected officials from Avon, Eagle, Gypsum, Red Cliff and Vail from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the valley’s City Markets as well as Columbine in Gypsum and the Wal-Mart in Avon.
The items most needed are tuna, pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, rice, beans, soup, granola bars, crackers, pancake mix and peanut butter. Also on this list are toiletries.
And, of course, cash donations are welcome, too.
In times like these, the food pantries run lean. The demands on government agencies and community-service groups dedicated to helping people in trouble grow even as the funds needed to run these dwindle. It’s a cruel cycle.
Along with shelter, food is about as basic a need as exists. So it’s no surprise that the need has pretty much emptied the food pantries.
So what can you do if you are in the fortunate position of being able to help?
Well, between 4 and 7 Friday, you could drop off donations at the stores with the elected officials and make a silly joke about how it’s nice to see them doing some real work or something truly useful for a change. (Heh. Heh.)
Otherwise, the Salvation Army is always open to donations. If you don’t already know where to find it next to the Trinity Church in Edwards, visit its Web site at
http://www.salvationarmyvail.org, e-mail info@
salvationarmyvail.org or call 970-926-3704.
The various county offices will have drop-off boxes for donations, and you can always drop them off at the Vail Daily’s office in Eagle-Vail as well.
In any case, this is one very simple way to help a neighbor.
Vail Daily Editorial Board
For 40 years, Eagle’s Community Helpline has been a living example of the axiom that giving begins at home.