Donate Food from Your Pantry, Garden, or Grocery Cart

79% of the food we distribute is donated to us, including food donations from individuals like you!

Drop Off Food Donations

Small Food Donations | Accepted Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM 
If your donations fit in a few bags or boxes that can be carried from your vehicle in one or two trips, you can bring them to our office lobby. We accept perishable and non-perishable items that are unopened (see details below).

Large Food Donations | Accepted Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM 
If you have a larger load of food donations, please drive to the back of our building, and pull into dock door 3. Ring the bell, and a staff member will happily assist you with unloading.

If you need to donate food outside of our donation hours please call us at (303) 652-3663 to schedule a time.

Donations made to Community Food Share are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Food Donation Guidelines

Community Food Share is committed to the safety and health of those who receive food from us. All food donations are sorted to comply with federal, state, and local food safety regulations. You can help by following these guidelines when donating food:

Canned and Dry Goods: Unopened and in original packaging with labels; packaging is in good condition (no dents, bulging, or rust); donated no more than 6 months past use-by date.

Fresh Produce: Uncut with no signs of mold, spoilage, or severe bruising; we accept garden-fresh produce as well (see Garden Share)!

Dairy Products: Unopened; must have been kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or lower at all times (including transportation to CFS); donated on or before the sell-by date.

Baked Goods: Must be prepared in a licensed kitchen; in their original packaging with proper labeling; donated no more than 2 days past the sell-by date.

Meat Products: Unopened and frozen on or before the sell-by date; items must be less than 3 months old (and frozen the entire time).

Deli Products (e.g. salads and sandwiches): Unopened and in the original packaging with labels and complete list of ingredients; donated before the sell-by date.

Prepared & Catered Food: If you are a caterer or you have a large donation of prepared foods, please contact our Senior Manager of Food Resources and Compliance in advance: (303) 652-3663 ext. 233.

Livestock & Wild Game: Frozen donations of livestock and wild game are accepted only if the meat has been processed and packaged in a USDA meat processing facility.

A woman stands next to a cart of food to donate to Community Food Share.

Interested in Organizing a Fund & Food Drive?

Visit our Fund & Food Drive page for the tools and tips needed to plan and promote your drive.