Serving the West.
The region west of the Continental Divide in Colorado is covered by our Western Slope Distribution Center. This allows the team based in Palisade, CO to meet the specific needs of this large area efficiently and effectively. And we partner with more than 100 Hunger Relief Partners in the region to distribute food and necessities to people in need in 12 Western Colorado counties.
The need has grown. So have we.
There is an undeniable expansion of need in many of these smaller and rural Colorado communities, especially now. Our Western Slope services have gone from receiving two trucks of food products per week to ten, some of which are directly provided by the USDA.
COVID-19 and the Western Slope wildfires have heightened the need for food since mid-March 2020, and we have met this increased demand head-on. Figuring out how to double down on our distribution efforts during the pandemic was a challenge, but with community support, we have charted a new course. In the past few months, we:
- Secured additional storage for produce at Talbott Farms
- Worked hand-in-hand with local partners and volunteers to meet the demand
- Served Farmers to Families Food Boxes as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
All in all, we have distributed more than 12 million pounds of food in the Western Slope since March. That’s a 54 percent increase over the same period last year.
In addition, we are focused on expanding the reach of our signature programs like mobile pantries, food for kids including meals, snacks, and Totes of Hope™ take-home food bags, and home delivery services for community members who are high-risk.