Looking for local food banks? Below we’ve featured 10 of the best food banks in Colorado Springs, CO.
50 years ago, Sister Dominique Pisciotta started a program that provided food baskets to the hungry residents of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since then, the Care and Share Food Bank that sprang from her efforts has expanded to serve nearly three dozen counties in southern Colorado. The volunteers here secure food from area donations and warehouse them for distribution to area food pantries, soup kitchens, free markets, and summer programs for school children.
HMI Springs Food Bank in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an outreach program of Heartbeat Ministries International. Started by members of the congregation, this pantry operates as a free food market where recipients can choose the groceries they prefer from pantry shelves. Choices are based on availability but include both perishable and non-perishable items, including pet food for those with furry family members.
In the summer of 1950, members of the Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, held their first worship service. Since then, the members of this church have been holding out a hand to members of their community to offer them a lift up out of food poverty. Their pantry is open two days per month to distribute boxed non-perishable items to those who need supplemental food for their home shelves.
Crossfire Ministries was established in 1995 as a church. In the years since they first formed, the members of the congregation have created a no-cost grocery where anyone experiencing food insecurity can shop for a variety of groceries. Quantities available per visit are dependent on the size of your household, but there is no limit to visits that can be made to receive additional help on one of the two days per week in which they are open.
Looking for a hand to lift you out of food poverty? Fresh Start Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been helping people just like you for over 15 years through a multi-faceted approach that provides emergency food assistance through one of their partner food pantries as well as help with employment, self-sustaining gardening help, and vouchers designed to give your back pocket a break.
No one is turned away from the Southeast Baptist Church and Food Pantry in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Once per week, they open their doors to distribute food donations received from participating businesses and individuals to all who arrive at their doors. Food items include both perishable and non-perishable items determined by availability. If you need emergency or ongoing food assistance, the church has been helping people just like you since 1991.
Looking for a hot meal in Colorado Springs, Colorado? Marian House Kitchen, operated by Catholic Charities of Central Colorado since 1968, is open every day, including holidays and weekends, to serve prepared meals to all who need help with their nutrition needs. No one is turned away from this volunteer-run soup kitchen. For those requiring more substantial assistance, the staff can direct you toward a local pantry that will provide food for your home table, as well.
Charity’s Hope was founded in 2017 by Shirley Stewart, a local businesswoman who wanted to do something about food poverty in her community. Originally operated out of her own home, the pantry has since moved to a commercial location where she can provide more services and reach more people. The food pantry is open twice per week. It provides enough groceries for up to four days based on the donations it receives and have no limit on how often recipients can visit for help.
Finding yourself with empty kitchen cabinets in Colorado Springs, Colorado? Mercy’s Gate has you covered. Since 1982, this initiative founded by area churches has been providing much-needed food assistance to their community. The pantry is open four days per week and operates as a free market, allowing recipients to select items from their shelves with the assistance of a volunteer guide. Enough food for three days may be taken on each visit with distributions limited to six times per year per household.
If you are interested in joining the volunteers that run this organization or would like to donate to the cause, you can do so on their website. Contact information is available if you have questions.
10. Food to Power
What began as a simple food reclamation system in 2013, has since evolved into Food to Power, a Colorado Springs, Colorado, organization which continues its original mission of securing food that might otherwise be wasted and distributing it to local food banks. They have since expanded services to include fostering community gardens, teaching members of the community to grow their own crops, and use food waste for mulch to promote bounty.