Have you ever known anyone on food assistance? I needed it myself back in West Virginia in 1983.
Does Care and Share food bank perform a valuable service? Indispensable. In England, where I come from, food stamps and help with rent is far more available to the needy. Health care is free. We lack that kind of organized assistance in America.
Do people care less about the homeless and needy these days? The super-rich don't even notice them because they're flashing by in their cars, and the middle class is struggling more to stay afloat themselves.
Do we care as much about the hungry as we used to? We care as much, but we do less. It's easy in a city like Colorado Springs to ignore the hungry. They're always there, and we feel guilty seeing them, so they kind of become invisible to us.
Why is Care and Share struggling? There's been an explosion of agencies and organizations soliciting our help locally, nationally, even from overseas.
How important is Care and Share to the community? It is vital to the working poor of this town. I volunteered at the soup kitchen years ago, and it was an eye-opener. I saw families and educated people coming in. They were just like you and me, but in bad circumstances.
Do people care as much about the hungry these days? Well, not a dime of government money went into improving the Marian House [Soup Kitchen]. That came entirely from public donations.