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The Power-Up Kidz Sack food program is exclusive to Pueblo Cooperative Care Center and Pueblo County. Good nutrition is important to all individuals and especially important in the earlier years of a child’s life. Proper nutrition helps to establish a good foundation and has implications on children including physical development, mental health and increased academic performance and achievement. Food insecurity in Pueblo County is an obstacle that can threaten a child’s foundation. In Pueblo County it is estimated that one in five children face hunger. Pueblo Cooperative Care Center reaches into over 20% of Pueblo County households, many which include families with children under the age of 18 years old. These are vulnerable populations and Pueblo Cooperative Care Center remains dedicated to the Power-Up Kidz Sack program to improve the lives of children who are challenged and struggling with hunger.

The Power-Up Kidz Sack program is designed to supplement nutritional needs and address nourishment deficiencies. Power-Up Kidz Sacks provide healthy snacks and nonperishable foods for children when they are not enrolled in school programs or when meals just aren’t available. Children can take these items home and are never charged for their contents. Recipients of the Power-Up Kidz Sack received healthy and nutritious foods and snacks along with a new toothbrush to supplement their average daily nutritional intake and to improve oral hygiene. Power-Up Kidz Sacks typically include items such as assorted juices, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese dinners, assorted granola bars, variety cheese and crackers, cookies, applesauce cups, fruit snacks, soup, bottled water and occasionally a restaurant coupon donated by a local business owner. Every Power-Up Kidz Sack comes in a carry bag with donor acknowledgement and sack contents do vary based on available resources and program funding.

Corry Higbee (Pueblo Cooperative Care Center) gives Nevaeh Valdez Power-Up Kidz Sack #2,250 for 2018

Corry Higbee (Pueblo Cooperative Care Center) gives Nevaeh Valdez Power-Up Kidz Sack #2,250 in 2018

Along with Nevaeh Valdez, Josiah, Heavenly and Isaac Oliva received Power-Up Kidz Sacks

Along with Nevaeh Valdez, Josiah, Heavenly and Isaac Oliva received Power-Up Kidz Sacks in 2018.

El Centro Del Quinto Sol Recreation CenterEl Centro Del Quinto Sol Recreation Center offers summer programs for children and youth which include their Learning Center, Activity Center, Gymnasium, Computer Lab, Movie Nights and a lot more. El Centro Del Quinto Sol provides services to over 1,700 children and youth every month and while Pueblo Cooperative Care Center is unable to meet this large of a need currently, we are proud of the partnership with El Centro Del Quinto Sol as it truly makes a difference!

Amanda Cesar, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Pueblo states “The El Centro team is excited to have this partnership with Pueblo Cooperative Care Center. We are thrilled to help provide food and snacks to these children as they are in great need of nutritional improvements.” El Centro Del Quinto Sol works closely with Pueblo Cooperative Care Center in the distribution of Power-Up Kidz Sacks which brings tremendous benefit to the community.

Diane Logie, Library Manager with Nemesio Perez

Diane Logie, Patrick Lucero Library Executive Director says that “the impact the Power-Up Kidz Sacks make is immeasurable in our community.” “We have latch-key kids that are in the library all day, every day that we are open, and some of the kids may not have enough food for a dinner meal. These wonderful sacks provide nutritious foods and good snacks that can keep them fed for a number of days.”

Ms. Logie noted that “the Lucero Branch was excited to partner with Pueblo Cooperative Care Center for the months of June, July and August. “It is such a blessing to be included in the Power-Up Kidz Sack program as they make a wonderful difference in the day-to-day lives of children.”

Ms. Logie states “when we give out the Power-Up Kidz Sacks I am always amazed as most of the kids are in complete shock while others are in tears.” They cannot believe the Power-Up Kidz Sacks are free or that they have so many different snacks and foods included in the bags. “Of course they always ask if they can have more but they are very grateful and we make them aware of where these sacks come from!” Ms. Logie said she is “thankful to those organizations and individuals who make this possible and for providing the necessary funding. “Thank you for keeping the kids in our community in your hearts and prayers, and most of all for feeding these precious little souls.”