COVID-19 Response & Prevention

Much of what’s to come remains unknown. At Community Food Share, we know one thing for sure: we will do whatever we can to keep food flowing into the community. 

In March, we put 1.1 million pounds of food out into the community, the highest monthly total since we opened our doors nearly four decades ago. More than 40,000 of our neighbors relied on our network of food pantries and meal programs even before the pandemic hit, and these record-breaking numbers are evidence that more and more community members are needing help for the first time.

Community Food Share remains open, and we will continue to serve the community during Stay at Home Orders and the “Safer at Home” phase; our food bank is considered an “essential business.”
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How to Help

To keep pace with our community’s increased need, our food bank requires more resources — by July, we’ll spend more than twice what we budgeted for food purchasing. This is our reality for the long haul, as we anticipate the recovery period lasting much longer than the virus itself. Help us keep our community fed by donating to our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

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How We’re Helping

Despite the many pandemic-induced trials, we continue to adapt. And thanks to your support, we’ve stepped up to meet the need. Find out more by viewing our complete infographic.

COVID Infographic

Changes to Our Food Distribution Programs

To maintain social distancing, we have modified the ways we distribute food through all of our programs:

  • Our onsite pantry is now a drive-through model. Please remain in your car, and our staff and volunteers will load food into your trunk.
  • Our mobile pantries and senior program, Elder Share, provide prepackaged boxes of food.
  • We continue to serve residents of Boulder County and Broomfield County; please bring a photo ID and proof of address in order to enroll.

As a reminder to all of our program participants, please send a friend, family member, or neighbor on your behalf, if any of the following are true:

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Our onsite pantry (Feeding Families and TEFAP) and our mobile pantries are open during their normal days and times.

We unfortunately do not have the capacity to offer a delivery service; however, if you are homebound, the following resources may be helpful to you:

  • Via Mobility is temporarily offering to pick up groceries from Community Food Share’s programs, and deliver them to you at home. Please note that this is limited to residents of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. You do not need to qualify for Via’s services to access this option. You must coordinate this delivery service directly with Via: call (303) 447-2848, and press 0 to speak with their receptionist.
  • Meals on Wheels offers meal delivery. To find the program serving your neighborhood, click here.
  • RTD’s Access-a-Ride is offering grocery pick-up service during the COVID-19 emergency, free of charge to their customers’ homes — including groceries from Community Food Share’s onsite and mobile pantries. For information on Access-a-Ride, visit the website.
  • Carry-Out Caravan by Cultivate offers assistance with grocery ordering, purchasing, and delivering for Boulder County residents, ages 60+ (note: they may expand their service area soon). For details, click here.

Unfortunately, no. In an effort to take the precautions necessary to keep our participants, staff, and volunteers safe, you will be receiving a box of pre-packed food. We are doing our best to continue offering you a high variety of food.

You are able to visit Feeding Families, our onsite pantry, once a week; you can visit our mobile pantries twice a month.

During our temporarily modified food distributions, please bring a photo ID and proof of address in order to enroll. Note that our food bank serves residents of Boulder County and Broomfield County.

Nothing. During our temporarily modified food distributions, all they need to do is mention your name. All typical procedures for these proxy shoppers are being waived at this time. Please note that our food bank serves residents of Boulder County and Broomfield County.

In addition to Community Food Share’s programs, as well as other food pantries and meal programs normally available in our community, each school district is offering free meals to families. Click below for information by district:

We have adjusted our food distributions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. During this time, we cannot offer customizations.

That being said, our current offering contains a variety of items (including fresh produce) that you and your household members should be able to consume, including those with dietary restrictions. You can decline milk and/or meat at the time of pick-up, and if you receive something you cannot use, please pass it along to someone who can.

Cambios Importantes en la Distribución de Alimentos

La seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros participantes, socios, voluntarios y personal son nuestra principal prioridad, mientras seguimos comprometidos con nuestra misión de acabar con el hambre en los Condados de Boulder y Broomfield.

A partir de 16 de marzo, la distribución de alimentos a través de nuestros programas será modificada, efectiva de inmediato y hasta nuevo aviso:

  • Todos nuestros programas modificarán su modelo de distribución para promover el distanciamiento social. Nuestra despensa en Louisville se trasladará a un modelo de distribución “servicio al carro”. Por favor, permanezca en su automóvil, y nuestro personal o voluntarios cargarán alimentos a su maletero o al asiento trasero.
  • Nuestra despensa móvil y nuestro programa para personas mayores, Elder Share, distribuirán cajas de alimentos preenvasados.
  • Continuamos sirviendo a los residentes de los Condados de Boulder y Broomfield; por favor traiga una identificación con foto y una prueba de domicilio para registrarse.

Como recordatorio para todos nuestros participantes, envíe a un amigo, familiar o vecino si se cumple alguna de las siguientes condiciones:

Preguntas Frecuentes

No. En este momento, nuestra despensa en Louisville (Feeding Families y TEFAP) y nuestras despensas móviles están ocurriendo en sus días y horarios normales.

Lamentablemente no. En un esfuerzo por tomar las precauciones adecuadas para mantener seguros a nuestros participantes, personal y voluntarios, recibirá un paquete de alimentos empacado por nuestro personal y voluntarios. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para ofrecerle una variedad de alimentos mediante las circunstancias.

Podrá visitarnos una vez a la semana en la despensa en Louisville y dos veces al mes en nuestras despensas móviles.

Durante nuestras distribuciones de alimentos modificadas temporalmente, traiga una identificación con foto y una prueba de domicilio para registrarse. Tenga en cuenta que nuestro banco de alimentos sirve a los residentes de los Condados de Boulder y Broomfield.

En este momento todo lo que necesitan hacer es mencionar su nombre. Tenga en cuenta que nuestro banco de alimentos atiende a los residentes del Condado de Boulder y del Condado de Broomfield.

Además de los programas de Community Food Share, así como los de otras despensas de alimentos y programas de comidas disponibles normalmente en nuestra comunidad, cada distrito escolar está ofreciendo comidas gratis a las familias en este momento. Haga clic abajo para obtener información de cada distrito:

No, lamentablemente no tenemos la capacidad de ofrecer entregas a domicilio; sin embargo, si está confinado en su hogar, los siguientes recursos pueden serle útiles:

  • Meals on Wheels ofrece entrega de comidas a domicilio. Para encontrar el programa que sirve a su vecindario, haga clic aquí.
  •  Via Mobility está temporalmente ofrecido recoger alimentos de los programas de Community Food Share y entregárselos en su casa. Tenga en cuenta que esto se limita a los residentes de los condados de Boulder y Broomfield. No necesita calificar para los servicios de Via para acceder a esta opción. Debe coordinar este servicio de entrega directamente con Via: llame al (303) 447-2848 y presione 0 para hablar con su recepcionista.
  • Carry-Out Caravan por Cultivate ofrece asistencia para ordenar, comprar y entregar comestibles a los residentes del Condado de Boulder, mayores de 60 años (nota: pueden estar ampliando su área de servicio pronto). Para más detalles, haga clic aquí.
  • RTD’s Access-a-Ride está ofreciendo, libre de costo, un servicio para “entrega de alimentos” a las casas de sus clientes durante la emergencia del COVID-19. Este servicio incluye los comestibles de la despensa de Louisville y de las despensas móviles de Community Food Share. Para obtener información sobre Access-a-Ride, visite la página web.

Hemos ajustado nuestras distribuciones de alimentos para reducir el riesgo de transmisión del COVID-19. Durante este tiempo, no podemos ofrecer personalizaciones.

Dicho esto, nuestra oferta actual contiene una variedad de artículos (incluidos los productos frescos como frutas y verduras) que usted y los miembros de su hogar deberían poder consumir, inclusive aquellas personas con restricciones dietéticas. Cuando venga a recoger la comida puede rechazar la leche y/o la carne, y si recibe algo que no puede usar, le pedimos que se lo pase a alguien que sí pueda.

Changes to Our Volunteer Program

Volunteers are an essential part of our operation — they nearly double our workforce! Volunteer activities continue to operate in accordance with CDC recommendations and social distancing requirements (maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between all people at all times along with frequent hand washing and sanitizing). Out of an abundance of caution, the following changes are effective until further notice:

  • All volunteers must come to their shift wearing a mask that covers their mouth and nose. In an effort to reserve supplies for our community’s medical staff, we encourage our volunteers to make their own non-medical, cloth face masks, using materials they already have at home. For resources on how to make them, visit the Colorado Mask Project’s website.
  • We cannot accept volunteers under the age of 10.
  • All group volunteer opportunities are closed until further notice.
  • Tuesday evening sessions are discontinued.
  • Orientation is no longer required for new volunteers. Individuals who would like to volunteer with us for the first time should follow the instructions on this page.
  • Anyone who has traveled outside of Colorado — or been in close contact with someone who has traveled outside of Colorado — in the last 14 days cannot volunteer at this time.
  • If the CDC considers you or someone in your household as high-risk, we do not recommend that you volunteer at this time.
  • We are building a Rapid Response Team of volunteers who would like to be on-call for new needs, as they arise. This situation continues to evolve quickly, and our Rapid Response Team will grant us the flexibility to adapt as necessary. To join this group, check the “COVID-19 Rapid Response Team” box on the first step of your registration form.

As always, please cancel your shift if you are experiencing symptoms of illness (including any symptoms associated with COVID-19). Contact the Volunteer Department at (303) 652-3663 so that we can plan accordingly.

Event Cancellations

We are disheartened to share that the following events have been cancelled:

  • Corporate Challenge Field Day (May 14)
  • Corporate Challenge Trivia Night (May 21)

Prevention Strategies

The safety and well-being of our participants, partners, volunteers, and staff are our top priority, as we remain committed to our mission. We want you to know how we are keeping the entire Community Food Share family safe.

We have always done the following to safeguard our visitors:

  • Maintain best practices related to cleaning, sanitization, and food safety.
  • Ask that any visitor not feeling well or displaying signs of illness join us when well.
  • Require all staff and volunteers to wash their hands and use gloves when necessary, which we provide.

Community Food Share has implemented several additional precautions:

  • We are adhering to all employer requirements set forth by Boulder County.
  • We have enhanced our cleaning procedures by:
    • Increasing the frequency of our professional cleaning services
    • Increasing sanitization of high-touch surfaces between cleanings
    • Providing additional hand sanitizer stations for all visitors
  • Posting the CDC’s recommendations for illness prevention throughout our building.

This page was last updated on Thursday, May 28.

If you have additional questions about Community Food Share’s response to COVID-19, please contact:

Community Food Share Front Office
info@communityfoodshare.org
(303) 652-3663