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Lift-Up gives meals to area families

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado
Contributed photoCasey Hampton, left, and his brother Waylon Hampton, worked on Monday to organize food stockpiles for holiday meal assistance in the storage area beneath the Lift-Up Rifle Thrift Store. The groceries were distributed to more than 1,500 families this week.

ASPEN – Lift-Up distributed Thanksgiving meal assistance to more than 1,500 local families this week in time for the holiday, a 30 percent increase over 2010.

Registration figures included 403 families in Rifle, 360 families in Glenwood Springs, 190 families in Basalt, 185 families in Carbondale, 135 families in Parachute, 100 families in New Castle, 59 families in Silt and 52 families in Aspen. More than 1,500 families requested assistance, according to Lift-Up.

The holiday meal assistance includes traditional Thanksgiving menu items such as stuffing, potatoes, corn and green beans, and a $10 meat voucher that could be redeemed at local City Markets and Clark’s Market in Battlement Mesa.

Lift-Up will also distribute holiday meals in December in time for Christmas. The special holiday meal assistance is provided over and above the regular services provided by Lift-Up’s seven area food pantries, which are serving an average of more than 2,000 people per month, and the Extended Table Soup Kitchen in Glenwood Springs, which serves more than 1,100 meals per month.