For many years, Gunnison Food Pantry operated out of the Department of Health and Human Services under the auspices of Anne Steinbeck. The small pantry was run on-site to help clients with immediate food assistance. By 2006, Human Services could no longer afford to invest the manpower and finances in the food pantry. Ruthie and Carl Long answered a community call and stepped forward to form the non-profit Gunnison Country Food Pantry (GCFP).
In 2012, Ruthie and Carl Long, now in their 70s and after almost seven years of managing GCFP and giving out over 9,651 boxes of food on a “volunteer” basis wanted to retire. On May 21, 2012, Jeanette Klepinger volunteered to step in and continue the service to the Gunnison community. But, she couldn’t do it without the help of 23 wonderful volunteers!
Our goal is to address Food Insecurity issues experienced by our community members. Many reasons can cause Food Insecurity to occur: illness, unemployment, underemployment, divorce, single parenting, fixed income and disability.
The United States Department of Agriculture defines Food Insecurity as the “lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”
We recognize that Food Insecurity can strike any of us at the most unexpected times, and we strive to help residents of Gunnison County during their time of need.