Metro Caring works with our community to meet people's immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger.
Founded in 1974 by central Denver churches, Metro Caring has grown into Denver's leading hunger-relief and prevention organization. Forty-two years ago, civic and faith-community leaders came together to address a significant problem. Families, seniors, and other individuals in Denver's core were going hungry. Different groups were responding by providing piecemeal emergency programs but were not coordinating with other agencies. By founding Central Denver Community Services (now Metro Caring), these leaders were able to channel resources of the community through one single location.
Centralization of programs created a better mechanism to leverage volunteers, funds, and in-kind contributions, providing emergency food and other assistance to a larger population. Over the years, the model expanded and new groups started offering support. Additional programs were initiated with the intent to move people out of crisis and toward independence. In 1999, Metro Caring moved to its own facility at 18th Avenue and Downing, an ideal location for both clients and volunteers. This facility eventually proved inadequate to meet the need, and in 2011 Metro Caring began a $5 million campaign to build a new Hunger Relief Center at the same intersection. Metro Caring completed the campaign in March 2014, and construction began in June. In March of 2015, the new Hunger Relief Center at Metro Caring opened for services!