We work with our amazing network of supporters, Hunger Relief Partners, and staff to ensure that every person on the Western Slope has enough food to thrive. To show up for all community members, we are building a stronger foundation for the future. Check out our future home and help today!
Serving the West.
The region west of the Continental Divide in Colorado is covered by the Food Bank of the Rockies 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 140 Hunger Relief Partners in the region to distribute food and necessities to our neighbors struggling with hunger in 13 Western Colorado counties.
The need has grown. So have we.
There has been an undeniable increase in need in many smaller and rural Colorado communities, especially now. Our Western Slope services have gone from receiving two trucks of food products per week to upwards of 11, some of which are directly provided by the USDA.
COVID-19 and the 2020 Western Slope wildfires have heightened the need for food in the region since 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 year, we:
- Received over 62,000 pounds of fresh, local produce from the Colorado State University Western Colorado Research Center program to distribute to our Hunger Relief Partners
- Worked hand-in-hand with local partners and volunteers to meet the demand
- Distributed enough food to provide over 26,700 meals every day
All in all, we distributed more than 12 million pounds of food in the Western Slope in 2020. And so far in 2021, we’ve distributed over 10 million pounds — enough to help provide over 7 million meals to our Western Slope neighbors.
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.
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