The Future Home of Food Bank of the Rockies’ Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center

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For over 23 years, Food Bank of the Rockies has put the power of community to work for our neighbors in need on the Western Slope, partnering with national organizations, local food pantries, donors, and volunteers. In the last fiscal year alone, we distributed more than 12.5 million pounds of food to people experiencing hunger in the 12-county area, ranging from Grand Junction to Aspen and Steamboat Springs to Nucla and everywhere in between.

While these efforts have made a positive impact on food insecurity rates in the region, the need remains great and our current facility is limiting our ability to do this important work.

The great news is that we’ve found the perfect property to build a new, improved warehouse for our Western Slope Distribution Center. And you can help! Every financial gift will help us nourish more neighbors in need across the Western Slope. Please give today! (Right now, donations are eligible for an Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credit. That means, when you make a certified contribution today, you may be able to claim 25% of your cash donation as a Colorado state income tax credit.)

The new Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center will greatly increase our capacity to distribute food to children and families across the 12-county region. The project involves the new construction of a 50,400-square-foot warehouse and food distribution center that will allow Food Bank of the Rockies to relocate from our existing facility of 28,600 square feet, an 84% space increase.

The new facility would allow us to...

Increase overall food distribution, with the goal of 16.8 million pounds of food annually by 2027
Work in closer proximity to food rescue donors, volunteers, and over 145 Hunger Relief Partners
More efficiently and effectively allow more trucks and partner vehicles to access the food bank at the same time.
Provide nourishing produce and fresh food with a 400% increase in refrigerated storage space

We are also thrilled because this state-of-the-art facility will allow us to partner with St. Mary’s Medical Center Meals on Wheels Mesa County, who will lease office space and the commercial kitchen in our Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center. By working together in a shared space, our organizations are creating a collective impact to meet the challenge of hunger head-on across the Western Slope.

This building is a commitment to people experiencing hunger on the Western Slope and an investment in Food Bank of the Rockies’ future. The project is estimated to cost $10.8 million. To date, we have identified funding for the project through the projected sale of our current building, a New Market Tax Credit allocation, and private philanthropic support equaling $4,560,650. We are committed to raising the remaining $6 million from generous supporters like you.

To build our new home, we need your help! Please join us to ensure all families and children on the Western Slope have access to nourishing food. Please consider donating today to the Western Slope Capital Campaign. Thank you!

We can’t do any of this without your support.

Lead Supporters

“Providing food to people experiencing hunger is addressing a fundamental human need,” said supporter and former Food Bank of the Rockies board member Bruce Etkin. “I am pleased to be working at the ground level to address the issue of food insecurity in our community. We will all be able to provide more food more efficiently to more people as a result of the new Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center. What a great way to make a difference. We should all celebrate what this will help us to accomplish: nourishing communities to end hunger.” 

“I’ve been proud to support Food Bank of the Rockies for nearly three decades,” said supporter Gary Magness. “It’s been an honor to invest and play a part in the construction of the Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center to positively impact food insecurity in this region. I know that this distribution center will have positive ripple effects for the community, and I’m excited for the work that will be accomplished with this gift.” 

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