Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) – Mitt Romney took a break from campaigning Tuesday to visit an area devastated by recent wildfires in Colorado.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee flew into Colorado Springs to meet with individuals impacted by the fire. He also stopped in at a food bank just miles away from where the fire first ignited in Waldo Canyon and destroyed more than 340 homes.
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Eleven days ago, President Barack Obama visited one of the subdivisions wiped out by the fires.
Romney toured the Care and Share food bank and helped volunteers with their work – including crossing out barcodes and checking expiration dates on packages of food like cereal and crackers.
Shortly before he used his teeth to rip open a package of macaroni and cheese boxes, Romney said, "The expiration dates are not always easy to find so it's kind of like Where's Waldo."
The food bank typically receives about 400,000 pounds of donated food annually, but in the last few weeks, they received 1.5 million pounds of food in response to relief efforts.
"There's been a huge outpouring of support in the community to provide food to folks who've been affected by the fires here, and it's just an inspiring thing to see how many people have stepped up to make a difference," Romney said.
He also recommended that people vacation in Colorado Springs, which, according to a Romney aide, was a recommendation from one of the eight people he met with privately.
"The beauty of this area remains as exactly as it was before and what's happening is people are staying away because they think the whole area has been burned out. It's beautiful as it's always been, and tourists need to come back," Romney said. "Or else the suffering from this fire will be more severe than it needs to be."
In Grand Junction, Colorado earlier Tuesday, Romney acknowledged the devastation caused by fires at the beginning of his town hall. "Lives have been changed, and our hearts go out to the people of Colorado who have been affected by the tragedy of these wildfires," he said.
Romney introduced 15-year-old J.D. TenNapel of Cedaredge, whom he called a hero for risking his life and alerting neighbors of incoming flames and suffering first and second degree burns in the process.