In 2004, Community Food Share opened our onsite pantry, Feeding Families. In addition to distributing fresh produce, meat, dairy, and pantry items to our partners, we began to provide groceries directly to people in need right from our warehouse.
In its early days, Feeding Families allowed I Have a Dream Foundation, Parenting Place, and families utilizing local family resource centers to receive free groceries from Community Food Share every Thursday, serving roughly 60 families a week. By 2006, the program expanded to include families with children in the free and reduced lunch program at Casey Middle School. Already, it had become Community Food Share’s largest direct distribution program.
Today, any Boulder or Broomfield County resident in need of food can visit Feeding Families to pick up healthy groceries. Last year, we distributed more than 3 million pounds of food through Feeding Families — and our pantry served as a vital local resource throughout the pandemic.