CFS is a member of Feeding America , The Nation’s Food Bank Network , a network of 200 regional food banks across the United States. Through them, we receive tractor-trailer loads of food from corporate donors, like Kraft and Kelloggs. We also receive truckloads of produce straight from the fields. We receive about 20% of our product from this source.
Every year, millions of pounds of food and grocery items could potentially go to waste right here in Colorado. Fortunately, Community Food Share provides a solution to the problem of surplus inventories: boxes with dents in the corners, dairy products that are getting close to the sell-by date, produce that is pulled off the shelf because it is not perfect, and products that are not selling well. Our fleet of trucks picks up these items daily at local grocery stores and reclaims them through our food bank.
· Our staff is trained in safe food handling
· The Good Samaritan Act protects donors from liability. See Food Handling Guidelines
· We provide accurate and timely receipting and pick up
Our top local donors include:
WhiteWave Foods (Horizon Organic Dairy)
Walmart Super Stores
WhiteWave Foods is donating fresh Horizon Organic milk, soy and Silk products every week! This is very popular with our clients. WhiteWave has been our largest single donor for years! They currently donate 3,000 gallons of fresh milk every week! THANK YOU!!!
CFS periodically purchases food in bulk to supplement donated food, which may be in short supply, and thus maintain a nutritionally balanced mix of inventory. We regularly buy staples like soup, beans & rice, spaghetti & sauce, and canned vegetables.
CFS benefits from two major food drives each year:
Let’s Bag Hunger, in Boulder (sponsored by the Daily Camera)
Hunger Hurts the Whole Community, in Longmont (sponsored by the Times-Call )
Food Items we need the most are:
Canned tuna & meats
100% fruit juice
Canned meals (stew, chili)
CFS has been selected by the Boulder County Commissioners to distribute USDA food through the TEFAP program (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). This food is supplied by the government, and is available to low income individuals and families at no cost. Typical TEFAP products include peanut butter, dry milk, cheese, tomatoes, corn, applesauce, soup and mixed fruit.