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Who we serve

Feeding Colorado is an association of the five Feeding America food banks in Colorado, including: Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado; Community Food Share; Food Bank for Larimer County; Food Bank of the Rockies; and Weld Food Bank. All five food banks are 501(C)3 non-profit organizations.

Each food bank serves a distinct geographic area within Colorado; together, we serve all 64 counties in the state.

There are two ways that Feeding Colorado’s food banks get food to those who need it. First, each food bank operates programs that directly serve our hungry neighbors. In other words, a community member in need of food may be able to walk through the doors of the food bank or visit an offsite food distribution (e.g. mobile food pantry) to receive free groceries or a meal.

Second, Feeding Colorado food banks distribute food to more than 1,500 non-profit agencies statewide that provide food and other services to meet basic needs. Agencies that receive food from the food banks include: food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, residential treatment centers, daycare centers, along with senior and youth programs that serve all ages and segments of our communities.

How we do it

We receive donations: Each Feeding Colorado food bank collects surplus food from supermarkets, food processors, farms, distributors, and restaurants. Many also conduct community food drives or glean from local gardens. The food that we “rescue” would otherwise go to waste, making our work extremely sustainable for the environment.

We purchase food: To supplement donations and ensure we have the variety of foods necessary to meet the nutritional needs of those we serve, Colorado food banks leverage national and local relationships to purchase food at the lowest possible price.

We work with the USDA: Commodities are foods that are purchased by the US Department of Agriculture and provided to food banks for distribution to qualified community and non-profit organizations. These products range from canned and boxed, shelf stable foods to fresh produce and frozen meats.

Together, the Colorado food banks have a fleet of more than 50 refrigerated trucks and vans, as well as 300,000 square feet of warehouse space, including nearly 50,000 square feet of coolers and freezers. Our resources combined with the collaborative efforts of our 1,500 partner organizations means we can collect and distribute food efficiently.

Donations and funding

Don’t let your food go to waste; donate it to your local food bank! If you represent a supermarket, food processor, farm, distributor, or restaurant, visit our Food Donor page for information on large food donations.

Donated food is always welcome; however money goes much further. Leveraging the power of our network, we can turn $1 into $20 worth of food. Visit our donate page to give a gift now.

Feed More. Waste Less! Visit our Food Donor page to find out how you can partner with Feeding Colorado and view guidelines for large food donations.
We welcome your support! Through our efficient and effective network, every $1 you donate will be multiplied 20 times to improve the well-being of our entire state. Visit our Funders page to find out more.
Every $1 you donate will provide $20 worth of food. Visit our donate page to give a gift now, or visit our Individuals page for additional ways to get involved.

Your role

Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. These are all ways you can help fight hunger in Colorado. Visit our Get Involved page for details, or select an audience page (funders, food donors, media, individuals) from the “Info & Insights” drop-down menu above