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If there's food on the table, it's easy to forget what hunger feels like. But many people in southern Colorado still wonder where their next meal will come from. That's where food banks play a role, because sometimes even just one meal can make a difference.

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Dustyn Powell from Manitou Springs is a hot dog vendor

Do you know anybody getting help from a food bank? There was a church that my aunt went to a few times, and she'd help out there and then she'd get free food. She hasn't done that in a while. There was another church that would distribute food, and I volunteered there seven years ago.

Did your aunt need the free food she received? Yeah, she's had a lot of health problems and trouble finding work. She has grand mal seizures, so she's lost a bunch of jobs, and she struggles to get by. But yeah, she went and it definitely helped her when she needed the help.

What do you think the everyday person can do to make a difference to people in need? Be caring and share. I have a hot dog cart, and if somebody's really in need, I help them out.

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Micah Moyes from Briargate works at Subway

Do you know of anyone who's receiving help from a food bank? I know someone who works at the Falcon food pantry, but that's about as close as I get.

What's your philosophy about donating to food banks? I think it's important. I think it's something the community needs.

Do you think we're making progress in the war on poverty? I don't think so, because of the lack of jobs that are available, I think that's just putting more people on the street and making it tougher.

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Serenity O'Neill from north Colorado Springs is a student

What is your philosophy about donating to food banks? I think it's a good thing. Life gives you so much, you might as well give back. Regardless of whether you know if people have helped you or not, they probably have, so you should always be giving back to the community because you never know.

Do you think the government helps out people in need enough? Honestly, not really. Especially with cutting military pay and education budgets. I understand why they do it, but our country is in debt, and it's our own fault.

Do you think we're making progress in the war on poverty? Not really, again with cutting paychecks, especially for military. My husband's military and we live paycheck to paycheck, and then they take away a paycheck and we're screwed for a whole month. I don't feel like there's a lot going on with the war on poverty.

  • If there's food on the table, it's easy to forget what hunger feels like.

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