Ongoing Food Distributions
Our neighbors who have been impacted by the Marshall Fire are invited to come shop for free groceries from Community Food Share through our ongoing food distributions. We are not requiring documentation or proof of address for those impacted by the fires at this time.
If you have questions about food assistance or need help outside of these hours, please call us at (303) 652-3663.
Many federal, state, and local resources are available to community members — whether you lost your home or were impacted in other ways. Visit the Boulder Office of Emergency Management’s website to learn about more resources available in our community.
Recovery will require that we rise and rebuild together. To help our food bank meet the imminent and ongoing needs of the communities that were tragically impacted, donate to our Wildfire Relief Fund.
Please bring food donations Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, and deliver to dock door 3 at the back of our building. Ring the bell, and a staff member will happily assist you with unloading. Kindly follow our food donation guidelines, and consider prioritizing items that are easy to prepare, because many of those impacted by the fire may not have access to kitchens.
We are adding additional volunteer activities as needed, and all available shifts can be viewed after you have created a Volunteer Profile online. For step-by-step instructions, visit this webpage.
We recommend checking back frequently as openings and new needs arise in the days and weeks ahead.
How We’re Supporting Impacted Communities
Here are some of the actions we’ve taken to meet the community’s immediate needs:
- Expanding services for food assistance: We quickly mobilized to host distributions for neighbors impacted by the fires, in close collaboration with our partners. First, we worked with Boulder Valley School District to identify schools with the highest need, and we provided groceries to nearly 100 families at Douglass Elementary School. Then on January 15, we hosted a pop-up grocery distribution in partnership with Clinica Family Health that served about 250 families in just three hours. We will continue to monitor the community need and provide our services where they are needed the most.
- Redistributing food from affected businesses: True to our mission, we are ensuring no good food goes to waste. When Costco in Superior had to shut down, we helped save a truckload of food that is now going out through our network.
- Providing gift cards: We were able to supply 550+ gift cards (donated by Safeway) to Boulder Valley School District and Sister Carmen Community Center. They are getting them into the hands of families and individuals affected by the fires.
- Growing our inventory of emergency food boxes: Our volunteers and staff are building a reserve of emergency, ready-to-go food boxes so that we are poised to meet the emerging needs of our community partners and any individual who walks through our doors.
- Continually assessing needs: We remain in close contact with disaster response teams, local schools, and our hunger-relief network. Together, we will continue to identify the best use of our resources as more needs emerge.
Our real work begins as we look ahead, from relief to recovery. Rebuilding our community will take time, especially in the midst of continued pandemic challenges. Community Food Share is here for the long haul, ready to meet the needs of displaced neighbors, our network of 40 hunger-relief partners, and the community members we serve every day — and we are honored to do this work alongside you.
If you have additional questions about Community Food Share’s response to the Marshall Fire, please contact us at: