Our Senior Food Program: Elder Share

Free Groceries for Adults Ages 60+ in Boulder and Broomfield Counties

Whether you are a senior living on a fixed income, are homebound, or otherwise need help getting healthy food, Community Food Share is here to help. Elder Share provides free groceries to older adults in Boulder and Broomfield Counties twice per month. Food choices include fresh produce, milk, meat and frozen items, deli products, eggs, bread, shelf-stable pantry items, and other nutritious options.

If you meet the income guidelines, you may receive non-perishable commodity foods from Everyday Eats in addition to the food available through Community Food Share’s Elder Share program.

If you are a caregiver or have an older family member, you can also register and/or pick up food on their behalf.

You are eligible for the Elder Share program if: (1) you are 60 years of age or older; (2) you live in Boulder County or Broomfield County.

Call our Elder Share Manager, Kristina Galvin, at 303-652-3663 ext. 225, or email eldershare@communityfoodshare.org. We will share an enrollment form with you and discuss the program.  

Our staff will work with you individually to determine the best Elder Share location for you. Once you have been enrolled in the Elder Share program, you will receive a welcome letter and a calendar with distribution times.

Community Food Share is closed on most national holidays and may close due to inclement weather. Click here for a full list of holiday closures. For closures due to weather, call us or check our Facebook page for updates.

Please call our Elder Share Manager, Kristina Galvin at (303) 652-3663 ext. 225 or email eldershare@communityfoodshare.org if you have questions.

For Debra, the pandemic was the push to seek help for the first time. In her late fifties, rapid and severe degeneration in Debra’s eyes led to an unexpected, early retirement from the nurse practitioner career she cherished. Today, at the age of 62, Debra is legally blind. Through our Elder Share program, Debra was able to get free groceries delivered to her door when the pandemic made it unsafe to take public transit.

“Because of Community Food Share, I’ve been able to do the things I love like cook and preserve food. That makes me happy, and it keeps me busy even though I can’t see.”

Read Debra’s Story
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Frequently Asked Questions: Elder Share

Fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, milk, meat, frozen items, deli products, eggs, bread, soups, stews, canned meats, peanut butter, pasta, rice, and other nutritious options. Community Food Share receives largely donated food, so what we can offer varies from week to week.

Our staff will work with you individually to determine the best Elder Share location for you. Please call (303) 652-3663 or email eldershare@communityfoodshare.org.

You may apply on behalf of your family member by calling our Elder Share Manager, Kristina Galvin, at 303-652-3663 ext. 225, or emailing eldershare@communityfoodshare.org. We will share an enrollment form with you and discuss the program.  

A caregiver can apply on behalf of a senior, but you must include your information as the second/proxy shopper on the enrollment form. You may apply on behalf of your family member by calling our Elder Share Manager, Kristina Galvin, at 303-652-3663 ext. 225 or emailing eldershare@communityfoodshare.org. We will share an enrollment form with you and discuss the program.  

You may use:

  • Driver’s license
  • State issued photo identification card
  • School, university, or college identification card
  • US or foreign passport
  • Matricula consular
  • Temporary Resident Card
  • Alien Registration Receipt or Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • Colorado Temporary Driver’s License

The proof of address should be in your own name and no more than three months old. Here are some options:

  • Utility, phone, or medical bill
  • Lease
  • Insurance documents
  • Bank statements

The process may take up to three weeks from the time an application is accepted until an individual first receives food. This depends on the time of program enrollment and the schedule of food deliveries.

We will check in with you once a year to make sure none of your information has changed.

You may designate a friend or family member to collect food on your behalf when you fill out your enrollment form. Please communicate with staff ahead of time if you know you will have a conflict receiving your food.

You may be able to visit Community Food Share’s onsite pantry, Feeding Families, or one of our Mobile Pantry locations. Call Community Food Share at (303) 652-3663 if you would like information about other food resources in your area.  

If you are in need of food today and aren’t sure where to go, Community Food Share can help. Call us, or click here to find a resource near you.

For questions about Elder Share, please contact us at:

eldershare@communityfoodshare.org
(303) 652-3663

Some of the food provided through Elder Share comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (referred to as Everyday Eats in Colorado), a government program that supports seniors nationally.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Click here for details.