Partners. Programs. Progress.
We serve as a food gathering and distribution center for much of Colorado, including the Western Slope, and all of Wyoming. We’re so proud that, as the largest hunger-relief organization in the region, we make donations go further and create partnerships and programs with expansive reach, high-level coordination, and local impact.
Hunger Relief Partners
On the front lines of hunger, we team up with more than 800 Hunger Relief Partners across the region, food pantries, and other hunger-relief organizations deeply committed to supporting the most vulnerable in their communities. By partnering with these organizations, we’re able to combine the efficiency of scale with the effectiveness and engagement of a local agency.
How we help our partners.
Partners don’t purchase donated products.
Instead, our Hunger Relief Partners contribute a small support fee for certain items to help cover transportation and warehouse expenses, which last year averaged 2¢ per pound. This relatively low cost helps our partners make their always-tight budgets go further and help more people.
Free produce, dairy, and bread. Always.
We distribute produce, dairy, and bread free of charge to our Hunger Relief Partners in order to encourage more fresh food distribution and less spoilage. Last year, we gave away millions of pounds of fresh food with no fee. Additionally, anything we receive through food drives is always distributed with no fee.
How we directly serve communities.
Need isn’t always conveniently located, so Food Bank of the Rockies deploys around 70 Mobile Pantries throughout Colorado and Wyoming. These big refrigerated trucks set up wherever they’re needed and volunteers distribute food and necessities. Each year, our Mobile Pantries provide millions of pounds of food to under-supported areas. Learn more about Mobile Pantries.
Food For Kids
We provide fresh, nutritious foods to children through our afterschool and summer programs, Totes of Hope®, Food For Thought, and other efforts aimed at giving growing minds and bodies what they need to succeed.
From delivering monthly meal boxes for seniors to emergency food support in times of greater need, Food Bank of the Rockies coordinates national government assistance to deliver the most help where it’s needed, when it’s needed.
Culturally Responsive Food Initiative
The Culturally Responsive Food Initiative (CRFI) aims to overcome barriers of access experienced by clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Through the program, Food Bank of the Rockies strives to equitably source and distribute as many culturally responsive foods to as many people as possible. Learn more about the Culturally Responsive Food Initiative.
Rescuing food, reducing waste.
Food Bank of the Rockies collaborates with retail establishments across our region, and every weekday we send refrigerated trucks to grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and others to pick up food donations that might otherwise go to waste. Our Hunger Relief Partners assist us with retail food pick-ups in their local communities. None of this food has been served to patrons or otherwise compromised. We maintain the strictest quality control measures throughout the donation and distribution process.
Donors in the food service and grocery industries are protected from liability by the state and federal Good Samaritan Acts.