FRESH Program

Providing nutritious food at no cost to Hunger Relief Partners

FRESH Program

Need doesn’t have an expiration. When the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program expired in May 2021, Food Bank of the Rockies’ FRESH Program picked up where the government emergency program left off.  

The FRESH Program sources quality produce from in-state and out-of-state producers for distribution to our Hunger Relief Partners at no cost. Food Bank of the Rockies’ goal is to distribute 1.2 million pounds of fruit and vegetables a month throughout our service area so every individual in our community can access fresh, nutritious produce items.  

Clients are invited to visit our partners for hunger-relief commodities. Use our Find Food locator to locate a Hunger Relief Partner near you.  

35 deliveries per week on average in the Denver metro area
26 community-based locations across the Denver metro area
25 in-state growers regularly provide fresh produce
Free of cost for partners and clients
Average of 1,200 pounds of produce distributed to Hunger Relief Partners weekly
Upwards of 800,000 pounds of produce distributed each month on average
Goal of 1.2 million pounds of produce distributed each month
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FRESH Program by the Numbers

With the FRESH Program, nutritious produce is available free of cost for distribution by our Hunger Relief Partners

We have had some amazing local produce come through the FRESH Program, including specialty items such as nopales, corn, mangos, pineapples, and avocados.

Thai Nguyen, founder of Kaizen Food Rescue, Denver, CO

We love the generous quantities of fresh produce that Food Bank of the Rockies is sharing.” 

Alisha Wenger, executive director of Community Food Bank, Grand Junction, CO

FAQs

Seasonal and assorted types and varieties of produce are available through the FRESH Program. Food Bank of the Rockies works to locate, procure, and distribute a variety of fresh, nutritious food items throughout the year.

Partners can order produce using Partner Express for either pick up or inclusion in their regular delivery.

A number of Hunger Relief Partners receive full pallets or mixed pallets of three to four different produce items in each delivery.

Partner agencies interested in receiving FRESH deliveries should contact partnersupport@foodbankrockies.org 

Food Bank of the Rockies is committed to sourcing as many of our produce items as possible from local and regional growers while still providing a variety of fresh options through the whole year.  

There are 25 in-state growers we work with regularly including: 

  • Hungenberg Produce, Greely, CO
  • Petrocco Farms, Inc., Brighton, CO
  • Sakata Farms, Brighton, CO
  • MountainKing® Potatoes, Monte Vista, CO
  • Talbott’s Mountain Gold, Palisade, CO

Many of our Hunger Relief Partners receive items weekly through the FRESH Program. Use our Find Food locator to find food in your location. Visit our Find Food locator at foodbankrockies.org/find-food

In addition to 20+ other partners in the Denver Metro Area who receive FRESH deliveries, our top five partners for FRESH deliveries (as measured in pounds received) are:

Kaizen Food Rescue, Denver Metro Area, CO 

Adams County Emergency Food Bank, Commerce City, CO 

Metro Caring, Denver, CO 

Denver Rescue Mission Ministry Outreach Center, Denver, CO 

The Action Center, Jefferson County, CO 

Our agricultural partners grow fresh produce and our volunteer packing department packs cases, pallets, and mixed pallets for delivery. These cases and pallets of nutritious produce are then delivered to our partners for distribution to our clients and communities.

While much of our FRESH produce is distributed through our normal ordering system, larger FRESH deliveries are also available for our partners. Once a Food Bank of the Rockies Hunger Relief Partner enrolls in the FRESH Program, a delivery schedule can be tailored individually for each participating agency.

Partners can order FRESH produce on Partner Express either for pick up or as part of their regular deliveries. 

Agencies interested in receiving FRESH deliveries should contact partnersupport@foobankrockies.org with questions and to enroll.  

FRESH produce is already available through Partner Express. Partners are able to order items either for pick up or as part of the regular delivery schedule.  

Partners who have ability to distribute a full pallet or mixed pallet of produce (1,000-1,200 pounds) on a weekly basis, plus the storage space and distribution models to quickly distribute this volume of produce, are encouraged to enroll with Partner Support for larger deliveries.  

Full or mixed pallets with three to four different types of items are available for delivery.  

Agencies interested in receiving FRESH deliveries should contact partnersupport@foobankrockies.org with questions and to enroll.  

Food Bank of the Rockies proudly offers FRESH Program food items at 26 Denver metro area locations in addition to nutritious food items at 140+ community-based locations. Some locations offer drive-through pick up.

To find food in your location, visit our Find Food locator at foodbankrockies.org/find-food. 

The funding for the FRESH Program comes out of Food Bank of the Rockies’ general operations budget. The cost of this program is approximately $300,000 per month, with $240,000 per month for sourcing and procurement.  

To donate to help keep fresh, nutritious produce nourishing our communities, please click here.

While produce is currently our largest distribution category, we are working hard to increase the availability of dairy products. Please read more about the evolution of the FRESH Program here.

To read more about how Hunger Relief Partner Kaizen Food Rescue works to bring equitable food access to our community, please click here. 

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