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When the Waldo Canyon Fire devastated so many lives in late June, no one could drive to the front lines with a picnic basket. So Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado stepped up, as it always does. "We knew there would be a need for food for the firefighters and other first responders, and then the [evacuated] families," says Shannon Coker, community relations director. The agency's 40,000-square-foot-plus warehouse was quickly stuffed with donated food and beverages — a record 1.6 million pounds in the two weeks after the fire. The fire-related needs having tapered, Care and Share is back to its usual mission: distributing literally millions of pounds of food through Southern Colorado. — Rhonda Van Pelt

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