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Avondale asking for help, no gas or food in town – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-10-14 20:44:46 –

AVONDALE — Avondale community members call the potential loss of the town’s Loaf’N Jug “catastrophic.”

The gas station was closed from September 2nd after a thief pushed the car into the store. Stealing an ATM machine From inside.

The thieves were subsequently arrested, but the consequences of their crimes are evident in towns with less than 800 people.

“I can’t afford to go to town because of the little odds and the end I’ve forgotten,” said Gloria Durand, one of the many people in Avondale.

The latest data is 32.1% of Avondale people live below the poverty line.

Due to the closure of Loaf’N Jug, the nearest gas station is about 7 miles away from the town and the nearest grocery store is about 10 miles away from the town.

“It has a lasting impact on many of our families,” says Durand, who strategically plans a weekly trip to town as many people in Avondale are currently at very high gas prices. I explained that I am doing it.

according to map According to the USDA, Avondale sits in the middle of a food desert.

Durand expressed concern to the Pueblo County Commission on Tuesday.

County Secretary Garrison Ortiz said the BOCC would contact EG America, which owns Loaf’N Jug, to see if the county could make adjustments to ensure business resumption.

“The resources in the area are very limited. It will have a devastating impact on that part of our county. It may be difficult to work with the private sector, but we certainly We will do everything we can as a board, “Ortis said.

In a statement, EG America told residents who emailed their concerns, “There is no date for this place to reopen.”

Statement from EG America to Avondale residents about the reopening.

News 5 is waiting for a response from EG America regarding future plans for this particular location.

Care and Share in Southern Colorado distributes food twice a month in Avondale, usually Loaf’N Jug.

“We have an average of 87 families accessing food from the mobile market, which is a significant amount for such a community,” said Lynne Telford.

Telford says they keep them going distributionWhile nonprofits are discussing other ways they can help Avondale community members.

“I still don’t know what the answer is, but we certainly don’t intend to ignore it,” Telford said.

Durand wants to be able to receive some subsidies for the town to open new stores for their necessities.

Roughly according to USDA 19 million people I live in the food desert in America.



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