LIFT-UP, a basic needs organization that assists thousands of homeless, unemployed or underemployed individuals and families from Aspen to De Beque,announced that the Aspen Food Pantry will re-open on Tuesday, June 12th after being closed over the past two weeks for some unexpected construction.The LIFT-UP Aspen Food Pantry moved into the larger and more efficient space just off North Mill Street, across from the Post Office between Replay Sports and Aspen Velo bike shop in January.
New evening hours: For the first time, the LIFT-UP Aspen Food Pantry will have evening hours on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m, beginning June 13th. Janey Gubow, the Pantry Manager since early spring, believes there is a great need for evening hours as “many people cannot get to the Pantry during our daytime hours. They are working and have no place to store or refrigerate the food before they can get home. We hope these extended hours will give many more people access to the Pantry.”
Rifle Food Pantry adds hours: LIFT-UP’s Rifle Food Pantry also recently added the following hours:
1st Friday of the month, 5 – 8 p.m. and 3rd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – noon.
Aspen Pantry Manager: Janey Gubow, a long-time pantry volunteer and 11-year Aspen local replaced Linda Palevsky, who retired in December after being a part of the start-up team of the Aspen Pantry services in 2009.
Gubow first came to Aspen, like so many of us, to ski and followed the adage of “you come for the winter, but stay for the summer.” She embedded herself in the Aspen community as a ski instructor while running her business, JAG Entertainment & Media Group out of New York City. She found herself spending more and more time in the valley and a call to volunteer when she found an opportunity to get involved with LIFT-UP. “Like many people in the valley I never realized the depth of homelessness and poverty right here in our backyard. So many people come for work and the active lifestyle we all crave and enjoy, but the cost of living, the economy, seasonal impacts and other factors all contribute to creating a situation of needing to feed and support the hungry,” Gubow said.
Gubow has already begun expanding partnerships with other nonprofits such as the Aspen Homeless Day Center that allows LIFT-UP not only to share food, but ideas. “I want to be a partner to other organizations in our community so we can better assist those in need,” she said.
In addition to ongoing food drives and financial contributions, LIFT-UP is always in search of volunteers to assist in the Food Pantry and provide support to other LIFT-UP programs. The LIFT-UP Aspen Food Pantry is one of seven pantries run by LIFT-UP that are based in Parachute, Rifle, Silt, Newcastle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. For information on services or to volunteer, please visit www.LIFTUP.org.
The LIFT-UP Aspen Food Pantry is located at 465 North Mill Street, #18, Phone: (970) 544-2009
Aspen Pantry Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday 4-6 p.m.
For a complete list of LIFT-UP pantry locations and hours, please visit www.Liftup.org.