Our Programs

Our food bank is one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Thanks to your donations, 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes directly to our food distribution programs.

Partner Agencies

FBR’s warehouse is the central distribution program providing food and essentials to more than 500 hunger-relief programs in Northern Colorado including Metropolitan Denver, the Eastern Plains and Western Slope as well as the entire state of Wyoming.

These hunger relief programs range from small faith based food pantries to large charities serving hundreds of clients daily. Partner Agencies may choose from a variety of available food and household items.

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Helping Agencies Stretch their Funding

Agencies do not purchase donated products. To help cover our transportation and warehouse expenses, agencies do contribute a very small Agency Support Fee (ASF) for some items. The IRS permits this system if the fee is not based on the value of the product and food recipients are not charged. Last year, partner agencies contributed an average ASF of 2¢ per pound.

Fresh and Free

To encourage consumption over spoilage, fresh produce, dairy and bread are distributed free. Last year, FBR gave away millions of pounds of food with no ASF. Products donated to FBR through food drives are always distributed without a fee. No fee is ever passed on to our agencies’ clients.

Mobile Pantry

FBR’s Mobile Pantries bring food directly to communities where more food assistance is needed. Our refrigerated trucks are met by a team of volunteers who help with set up and distribution. Clients receive the food based on self-declared need. Once the food is distributed, the volunteers help tear down the distribution and clean up the area. After the area is cleaned, our truck returns to the food bank. County poverty numbers and community assessments are performed by FBR staff to determine distribution locations.

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Children’s Programs

Kids Cafe

After-school and summer, week-day meals  are provided to kids in areas where need is high. About 1500 meals are prepared in our community kitchen and delivered hot to Kids Cafe sites Monday – Friday. We distribute nutritionally balanced shelf-stable meals to areas where it’s not possible to safely serve a hot meal. In order to meet the needs of more children, FBR also provides healthy, USDA approved snacks to children at afterschool programs to help them focus and grow. There is no fee assessed to the member agency for participation in these programs.

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Totes of Hope®

Totes of Hope® was created in 2006 to assist children with nutritious, kid-friendly food to sustain them over the weekend when school is not in session. Every Friday, children take home a tote filled with 8-9 pounds of nutritious food items to feed them and their families. For many of these children, the totes are their main source of food on Saturday and Sunday. There is no fee assessed to the member agency for participation in this program.

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Government Programs

CSFP Food Boxes for Seniors

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a USDA program designed to improve the health of low-income people at least 60 years of age, by supplementing their diets with nutritious foods.

Eligible seniors receive a monthly food box consisting of non-perishable protein, milk (powdered or UHT), juice, cereal, canned or dried fruits and vegetables, refrigerated cheese nutrition education and recipes are also included in the food boxes.

FBR has several distribution sites throughout the Metro Denver area, staffed by our team. We also utilize partner agencies to act as “host” sites to assist in outreach, certification and distribution of CSFP food boxes monthly to ensure no senior goes hungry.

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TEFAP Helps Families

Food Bank of the Rockies teams up with the state of Colorado and the USDA to provide food to hungry families through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP is a Federal program supplementing diets of low-income Americans with free emergency food and nutrition assistance.

The USDA offers fresh produce, dairy, meat and non-perishable food items through Food Bank of the Rockies in select counties in our service area.

Food is distributed monthly through our Mobile Pantries and partner agencies to families who meet income and residency guidelines.

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Food Rescue

Every weekday, FBR sends refrigerated trucks to retail establishments, including grocers, restaurants and caterers. Rather than discard surplus food, these establishments freeze, refrigerate or safely store the food. This food has not been served to patrons.

Food Bank of the Rockies safely transports products to our warehouse and to large local hunger-relief programs serving meals to less fortunate individuals.

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Why Waste?

These are quality products, prepared or purchased in excess of our donors’ needs, such as frozen meat, produce, prepared dishes and other items.

Food Safety

Everyone employs the highest standards in professional food handling when freezing and picking up these donations.

Good Samaritans

Generous donors in the food service and grocery industries are protected from liability by the state and federal Good Samaritan Acts.

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Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil
rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions
participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on
race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights
activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program
information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact
the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of
hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at
(800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other
than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination
Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter
addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To
request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or
letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.