Feeding Colorado is the collaborative effort of the five Feeding America, Colorado food banks to coordinate and enhance food resources, ensuring food insecure Coloradans have access to healthy, fresh foods.
An investment in your local Feeding Colorado food bank is an investment in the well-being of our state. With each gift, we can provide nourishing food for neighbors who need help rebuilding their lives when circumstances make it difficult to make ends meet.
Donations made here will benefit all five food banks.
Nourishing our communities starts with nourishing their bodies. We partner with organizations big and small to reduce food waste and source high quality, nutritious food from the generous donations of retailers, wholesalers, farmers, and the food industry. We also gratefully accept food donations from our community, all of which helps us help those in need. We can’t begin to tell you how meaningful it is to receive food donations from families, individuals, and non-food industry businesses in our community. Whether it’s a part of a family tradition or a special food drive that brings neighbors or co-workers together, there’s something transformative in the act of collecting and giving food.
Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
“Feeding Colorado distributes food to people facing hunger through direct service programs like mobile pantries, food boxes for adults 60+ and backpacks for kids, and in partnership with hundreds of carefully selected local nonprofit food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers.
Donors are protected by State (12-21-113, Colorado Revised Statutes, 1987) and Federal (PL 104-210, 1996) Good Samaritan Acts. “Your donations will be safely transported, stored and distributed. Each Feeding Colorado food bank is equipped with refrigerated trucks, commercial refrigerators and freezers and temperature controlled warehouse space. The highest food safety standards are adhered to throughout the distribution process. All items are carefully sorted and if necessary, cleaned prior to distribution to our partner agencies. Partner agencies are also trained in safe food handling.
Donors are protects by State (12-21-113, Colorado Revised Statutes, 1987) and Federal (PL 104-210, 1996) Good Samaritan Acts. When donors give food to nonprofit organizations to distribute to needy individuals, they are protected from civil and criminal liability, should the product, donated in good faith, later cause harm to the recipient. These laws standardize donor liability exposure and set a liability floor of ‘gross negligence’ or intentional misconduct for persons who donate grocery products.
According to the federal law, gross negligence is defined as “voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another person.” In addition, Congress recognized the provision that food close to the date of recommended retail sale is, in and of itself, not grounds for finding gross negligence.
In 1989, the Colorado Legislature passed an amendment to the Good Samaritan Act, saying food donors will not be subject to criminal penalty or civil damage resulting from the condition of the food, unless injury is caused by “willful, wanton or reckless acts” by the donor. This includes canned or perishable food not readily marketable due to appearances, freshness, grade, surplus, or other considerations.
Federal tax laws provide most donors with tax benefits for the contribution of food to Feeding Colorado Food Banks. Consult your accountant or tax advisor in order to determine the exact charitable contribution to which your organization may be entitled. Farmers, ranchers and those filing a Schedule F may be eligible for a tax credit.
HB 14-1119, The Charitable Crop Donation Act, remains in effect through December 31, 2019. Check with your tax advisor or talk to your local food bank to learn more or get a receipt for your donation.
Feeding Colorado Food Banks can accept fresh, frozen and non-perishable food items such as meat, dairy, eggs, vegetables, fruit, condiments and spices, beans, grains, prepared foods and more. Items can be close-dated or, if perishable, frozen on or before the sell-by date.
We can also accept safely stored and packaged prepared entrees, side dishes and desserts never served to patrons.
We can accept wild game processed, packed and inspected at a USDA approved facility.