Dayton Street hub launches free food, toys pick-up and deliveries in Aurora

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Demetria Skipper, right, hands food, toys and school supplies to Yolanda Gonzales, center, and Gonzales’s daughter Trista Barajas, 11, March 24, 2020, at the Opportunity Center, on Dayton Street in Aurora. The facility is offering food and other supplies during the health crisis. Photo by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado

AURORA | Add another Aurora community hub to your list of food and supply resources: the Dayton Street Opportunity Center.

Aurora residents in need can pick up free food and supplies at the Center, near the intersection of Havana Street and East Colfax Avenue, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The Center’s address is 1445 Dayton St., Aurora.

Aurorans in need of a delivery order can call ahead to Maisha Fields’ cell phone, Fields said. That number is 303-547-0133. Delivery is only available to residents aged 60 and above or immunocompromised people susceptible to the novel coronavirus.

In addition to a bag of assorted dry and canned goods, Crave box is given to families, which contains healthy snack food options. Demetria skipper, right, and Maisha Fields, left, show some of the items given to families in need, March 24, 2020 at the Opportunity Center on Dayton Street in Aurora.
Photo by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado

Fields said food boxes will be stocked with snacks people enjoy but also meat, 10 cans of food, rice, beans, bread eggs and peanut better.

“We try to stay away from ramen noodles,” she said.

It was hard to get the food through conventional shopping, Fields said, until donors began shipping the boxes. Now, the Center is stocked with 500 boxes of food. There’s also educational workbooks and toys.

The program is a partnership with Salud Family Health Clinic Aurora, Living Closer Foundation, Fields Foundation, Aurora Community Health Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Fields encouraged donations of food, paper products and volunteer time.