Food Bank of the Rockies COVID-19 Response

Food Bank of the Rockies is open.

We are asking workers who can do their jobs from home to stay home. Staff needed to continue our food distribution operations are reporting to the warehouse. Volunteers are helping too. We are practicing safe distancing and taking precautionary sanitation measures to keep staff, clients and volunteers as safe as possible per CDC guidelines.

Everyone entering our locations must first take their temperature and wear a mask.

Thank you for your continued support!

We realize these continue to be trying times. As countless businesses closed their doors in response to COVID-19, and their staff went without wages, many more people have been forced to rely on our emergency food network for the first time. The need for our services has increased significantly.

Our own mobile pantries and many of our pantry partners are serving two to five times previous numbers of clients. We’re creating new partnerships to meet this need and reach more people.  

More than one third of the people we’re serving report never needing food assistance before this. And families who were already vulnerable have found themselves in dire need. 

We have no plans to cease food distribution at this time and we are working to establish operational plans, taking into consideration the safety of our staff, volunteers, partners and clients, in the event of a significant local Coronavirus outbreak. In doing so, we are presuming an increased number of people may need food assistance. It’s also possible less help will be available to them if some partner programs need to close. We are forming plans in Colorado and Wyoming to expand partnerships with larger agencies able to potentially serve increased numbers of clients during this time, possibly via different distribution models (such as drive-through) to increase social distancing to protect volunteers, staff and clients during food distribution.

We are evaluating our service and access to ensure we’re doing as much as we can to get nourishing food to as many people as possible in the event of a major outbreak.

Food is Available if You Need Help

Please visit our Food Assistance page for distribution locations and schedules.

We Need Volunteers

If you are healthy and not exhibiting signs of illness, and have not had recent exposure risks per CDC guidelines, we need your help in our warehouse and at our mobile pantry distributions.

People facing hunger are counting on us and we count on volunteers to help us nourish our community.  Many of our wonderful volunteers travel from other states. Many are in high risk groups. Food Bank of the Rockies has already experienced several volunteer cancellations due to travel and other precautions. We need healthy individuals and groups to continue helping us provide food to those facing hunger in our community and we welcome your help!  Please follow us on social media and share our posts and tweets too.

Our goal is to work together to lessen the potential impact of COVID-19. We are taking reasonable and appropriate precautionary measures, based on the CDC’s recommended prevention practices, and we are asking our staff, volunteers, agencies, and clients to do the same. We have enhanced our facilities' cleaning procedures to protect staff and volunteers, and we have guidelines in place to reduce the risk of infection.

More Funds are Needed

We have doubled the amount of food we’re distributing. The need is extraordinary and unlike anything we’ve experienced. If you can contribute, please give. We appreciate your support!

We'll incur additional expenses as retail food donations drop.

Contributing funds is the most efficient way to help. Please refrain from hosting physical food drives while COVID-19 is a threat. Money allows us to thoughtfully provide what is needed in the communities we serve. Additional funds help us purchase food at wholesale or less through the Feeding America network. Contributions help us keep our lights and refrigerators on, hire temporary drivers and warehouse workers if needed, and ensure men, women and children facing hunger have nourishing food during difficult times like these.

Thank you for caring about hunger and for choosing to help, however you can. We can only nourish our community with the generosity of kind people like you!

Share Our Impact on Social Media

More people are following this pandemic on social media. Please share our posts and tweets. Your actions help us spread the word about our important work.

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Thank you for your compassion during this challenging time. Please email us if we can answer questions or help in any other way. We are all in this together.

Our Emergency Partners

During this moment of crisis, Food Bank of the Rockies is broadening established partnerships and creating new ones with community organizations to better serve our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. With schools, businesses, and other resources closed, we are working to help nourish those who are directly impacted by this pandemic; many of whom have never needed our services before.

Thank you to everyone helping us meet this need.


What Can You Do to Stay Healthy?

Stay Informed.

Food Bank of the Rockies will update this web page with any important changes. We are actively monitoring the situation through a variety of sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. We’re consulting with Feeding America, FEMA, Colorado VOAD and the USDA, and taking recommended measures as warranted.

Please refer to the CDC website for the most recent updates on the Coronavirus to protect you and your family:

Prevent the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who show symptoms of illness.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect cell phones, doorknobs, and other frequently touched surfaces and objects, using a regular household cleaning product.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.

If you suspect you may be ill, stay home.

Be overly cautious. If you are feeling ill or displaying symptoms, please stay at home. Symptoms can include a fever, cough or shortness of breath. See the CDC’s symptom information.

Consider taking a break from public contact if:

Thank you for caring about hunger and for choosing to help, however you can. We can only nourish our community with the generosity of kind people like you!

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