Food Bank of the Rockies COVID-19 Response

We are open and will continue nourishing our community during this pandemic and beyond.

Food Bank of the Rockies is open and will remain so through the entirety of this crisis.


COVID-19 has exacerbated the food insecurity issue throughout Colorado and Wyoming.

Since mid-March, we have consistently distributed more food throughout the metro and rural communities than ever before. On average, we have distributed more than 9 million pounds of food per month. We are providing enough food to serve nearly 300,000 meals per day.

Nearly half of all working Americans suffered a job or wage loss due to COVID-19. Our community was hit hard, and more people who never expected to need food assistance found themselves turning to Food Bank of the Rockies for help. From the Denver metro area to hard-hit mountain communities to rural Wyoming, we see a continued increase of need. With your on-going support, Food Bank of the Rockies will be here for as long as it takes – masked, gloved, and experiencing more and more organizational records as we distribute food to hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need.

We have shifted operations to meet an increased need for food while prioritizing the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff.

Workers who can do their jobs remotely work from 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. As an added precaution, we limit corporate, and community volunteer group sizes to 20 individuals per shift at our Main distribution center. Unfortunately, groups can not sign up for shifts at our Nome distribution center.

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

Together, we are changing lives and making a big impact on our neighbors facing food insecurity during this crisis.

Food Bank of the Rockies distributed more food to more people in the past three months than in any three-month period in our history. We’re finding ways to navigate the ever-changing landscape of this pandemic.

Here’s a summary of our efforts since this crisis began:

  • We temporarily changed our distribution system, creating a strategic emergency support team of food pantries capable of distributing large quantities of food, safely to more people.
  • We have navigated decreases in food donations and countless supply chain challenges – tapping into new food supplies and needing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per month on purchased food. All told, food distribution is up by more than 40% and growing daily. And we’re expanding operations to include a night shift and an additional, temporary (pro bono!) distribution center to accommodate.
  • Our mobile pantries and food pantry partners changed to drive-through, boxed food distribution models where clients could stay in their cars, and staff and volunteers could to ensure social distancing.
  • We are delivering food to hundreds of low-income older adults who can no longer venture out safely.
  • We are hosting mobile pantries Monday – Saturday across Colorado and Wyoming, including the largest food distribution to-date in Colorado, in partnership with the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mobile pantries are seeing two to six times the previous number of clients needing help.
  • Our dedicated staff, volunteers, and food pantry partners are making it possible to achieve all kinds of ‘firsts’ and ‘mosts.’ On our record-breaking day last week, we distributed enough food for more than 350,000 meals on one single day!

We creating emergency partnerships to help more people.

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.

Here are just a few examples of the impact community support has made possible during this crisis:

  • Despite food shortages and food cost increases, we have leveraged new relationships and food sources to still increase food procurement and distribution by more than 40%.
  • Through drive-through distributions and partner food pantries, we have served more than 100,000 people in the past month alone.
  • Our mobile pantries and food pantry partners changed to drive-through, boxed food distribution models where clients could stay in their cars, and staff and volunteers could to ensure social distancing.
  • From Fruita to Basalt to Burlington in Colorado, and from Gillette to Jackson in Wyoming, we have increased food distributions in hard-hit mountain communities and rural areas with some food distributions having more than quintupled the number of people being served.
  • More than 14,000 children no longer receiving school meals are receiving grocery boxes for their families, meals at childcare centers for essential workers, or grab-n-go meals across Colorado and Wyoming.
  • More than 7% of the state’s workforce have now filed for unemployment – more people last week than in all of 2019. Because you continue to support our efforts, food will be there when paychecks are gone.

At times like this, people rise together, and we need your help to continue showing up for our community. Please partner with us as we ensure that no Coloradan has to go without food during this crisis by making a donation now.
We know things will get better. We just don’t know when. And until that time comes, Food Bank of the Rockies will continue to nourish our neighbors facing hunger.

Support Your Community and Nourish Your Neighbors

Resources


  • Find Food

    Food is available for everyone who needs help.

    Visit our Get Help page for distribution locations and schedules.

    Get Help

  • Volunteer

    To help meet the growing demand we have immediate shift openings in our warehouse.

    Visit our Volunteer Page for current opportunities!

    Volunteer

  • Donate

    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!

    Make an Impact

  • Share our Impact

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More Funds are Needed

We have doubled the amount of food we’re distributing, and as a result, our operating expenses have increased by more than $1 million per month. The need is extraordinary and unlike anything we’ve experienced. If you can contribute, please give. We appreciate your support!

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!





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.


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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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:


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