Coronavirus Preparedness & 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. 

More than 40,000 of our neighbors relied on our network of food pantries and meal programs even before COVID-19 hit. In the week following statewide school and business shutdowns, we hit record-breaking distribution numbers for our Louisville facility — evidence that as layoffs continue at a staggering rate, more and more community members are needing help for the first time.

Community Food Share will remain open, and we will continue to serve the community during Stay at Home Orders, issued for Boulder County and Broomfield County; our food bank is considered an “essential business”, and therefore we are exempt from these public health orders.
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How to Help

Nutritious food is critical to maintaining good health, so in many ways, it’s more important than ever to reach our community members in need. As we work towards getting more food out to the community, we need your support: help keep our community fed by donating to our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

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How We’re Helping Our Community Prepare

This situation is evolving quickly, and we will continue to adapt. Here are the actions we’ve taken thus far:

  • We continue to serve residents of Boulder County and Broomfield County; all other eligibility requirements (including documentation) are waived at this time so that our neighbors can receive the food they need right now (USDA programs excluded).
  • Increasing the amount of food that our Partner Agencies can order to ensure these 40 organizations can continue to meet the essential needs of our community.
  • Our onsite pantry has shifted from indoor shopping to a drive-through model. For additional program adjustments, see below.
  • We are stocking up emergency food items, planning for the increased need of those we already serve, as well as the possible influx of individuals who may need our support for the first time due to work disruption and school closures. We are also planning for additional alternative food distribution models, in the event this pandemic causes a societal disruption, including food drops.

Changes to Our Food Distribution Programs

To promote social distancing, we are modifying 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 or backseat.
  • Our mobile pantries and senior program, Elder Share, will distribute prepackaged boxes of food.
  • We continue to serve residents of Boulder County and Broomfield County; all other eligibility requirements (including documentation) are waived at this time (USDA programs excluded).

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:

  • You are not feeling well
  • You are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, and/or cough
  • You (or anyone in your household) has traveled internationally or been on a cruise in the last 30 days, or have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled internationally or taken a cruise in the last 30 days

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

Nothing. During our temporarily modified food distributions, you do not need to bring any forms or documentation with you. Should you choose to visit us again when normal food distribution resumes, please visit this page for regular eligibility requirements by program. Please 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:

No, 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:

  • Meals on Wheels offers meal delivery. To find the program serving your neighborhood, click here.
  • Via Mobility serves people with limited mobility. Their team 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 and the clients that Via Mobility typically serves. You must coordinate this delivery service directly with Via Mobility: call (303) 447-2848, and press 0 to speak with their receptionist.
  • 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.

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.
  • Quédese en casa si está enfermo y por favor envíe un comprador (amigo / vecino / miembro de la familia) a recoger comida de nuestros programas en su nombre si no se siente bien o tiene alguno de los siguientes síntomas: fiebre, falta de aliento y / o tos
  • Si usted o alguien de su hogar ha viajado al exterior o ha estado en un crucero en los últimos 30 días, o ha estado en contacto cercano con alguien que ha viajado al exterior o ha tomado un crucero en los últimos 30 días, también le solicitamos que no visite nuestros programas y envíe a alguien a comprar en su nombre.

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.

Nada. En este momento, durante nuestras distribuciones de alimentos modificadas, no es necesario que traiga ningún formulario o documentación. Si decide visitarnos nuevamente cuando se reinicie la distribución normal de alimentos, visite esta página nuevamente para informarse sobre los requisitos de elegibilidad regulares para cada programa. Tenga en cuenta que nuestro banco de alimentos sirve a los residentes del Condado de Boulder y el Condado de 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 atiende a personas con movilidad limitada. En este momento, su personal está dispuesto a 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 y a los clientes de Via Mobility. Debe coordinar este servicio de entrega directamente con Via Mobility: 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.

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 tasks have shifted to reflect our highest needs. Out of an abundance of caution, the following changes are effective until further notice:

  • We cannot accept volunteers under the age of 10.
  • Anyone who has traveled to — or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to — an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (including all international and cruise travel) in the last 30 days cannot volunteer.
  • All group volunteer opportunities are closed through April 30.
  • 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.
  • 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 (e.g. fever, shortness of breath, and/or cough). Contact Katy or Shana at (303) 652-3663 so that we can plan accordingly.

Event Cancellations

We are disheartened to share that the following events have been cancelled, postponed, or moved online:

  • Second Annual Bracket Challenge (March 15): Cancelled
  • Spring Break Family Volunteer Days (March 23 & 25-27): Cancelled
  • Corporate Challenge Team Lead Training (March 19 & April 2): Moved online (details to come)
  • Corporate Challenge Kickoff Breakfast (April 14): Cancelled
  • Fly Away Gala (April 18): Cancelled
  • Hunger Hurts the Whole Community Fund & Food Drive (May 1-3): Moved online (details to come)

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 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 Tuesday, March 24 at 4:45 PM.

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

Community Food Share Front Office
(303) 652-3663