Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - Last year, the need for food during the holidays was greater than ever with those less fortunate locals requiring more support during the economic slide.
Not much has changed this year as food pantries gear up for a holiday season they expect to be even busier. Mike Losordo is hard at work at the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies, getting their warehouse stacked up and ready to go for the first holiday season working there.
This isn't just an ordinary job for Losordo, as he is determined to dole out donations to locals who are down and out, a job far different from his previous gig.
Last April, Losordo was laid of from Halliburton.
He says while while he liked his previous job on an oil rig, he's finding supporting his wife and six kids with this job has a little more meaning for him, "I love have a job where I can help the community," he says.
Losordo's boss, Starlene Collins calls him a great hard worker and, this year, she will need him to give it his all.
Food banks have seen their pantries clear out faster than ever and the Food Bank of the Rockies reports a 30% increase in the number of people needing their assistance. This has our local Food Bank in overdrive, "We're working whatever hours it takes," says Collins. "We are really trying to keep the warehouse stocked."
You don't need to tell Losordo to work harder, he expects much of his work to help his old friends on the rigs who aren't as fortunate to be working today.
For the Food Bank of the Rockies, every can counts.