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Bienvenidos Food Bank

For every $1 donated we can provide more than $9 worth of food for those in need including ample fresh fruits & vegetables every week! We are an innovative hunger prevention program and our services are designed to adapt to the changing needs of our clients and their neighborhoods.

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Emergency Food Centers

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Families
Homeless

Description

Bienvenidos Emergency Food Centers are locations throughout Northwest Denver where families in need may come for help in a time of need. At this time we are in a Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Housing unit, three elementary Schools, and a Veterans Housing Building. Each site is unique and might include:
• Registration site for food assistance at any of the Bienvenidos Food Bank's distribution and mobile pantry sites.
• Opportunity to receive an emergency food box or shop from a small on-site pantry.
• Apply or receive information about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
• Get referrals for other assistance (some host sites may offer a clothing bank or bus passes etc.)
• Additionally, each site can be a neighborhood food drop off location for donations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Statistics showing new clients served and other data is collected.

Mobile Food Pantry

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

This program brings food directly to neighborhoods in need. Allowing more families to access emergency food resources and targeting areas where a permenant location is not feesable. This allows for greater service with significant cost savings. We currently serve the West Colfax area (a federally identified food desert). Families in need may come for food once a month.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The result of those served.

Bienvenidos Market Food Pantry

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Hispanics
Single Parents

Description

Property taxes and rental increases are putting a serious strain on those already living at or near the poverty level.
Our Food Bank serves this population - unemployed, underemployed, disabled, elderly, single-parents, youth, homeless, multi-family households, and anyone else in need of food assistance.
Food is a connection to nearly every community need. It threads each member of the community and represents a basic human need that is prerequisite to work, education, childcare, medical attention or social interaction.
Our largest and primary program, the Food Bank distributes fresh and nonperishable food items weekly. We serve an average of 225 households each week representing between 675 and 1,000 individuals.
We are also a sub-agency of the USDA government commodities program (TEFAP). Qualified clients are considered by the USDA to meet specific income eligibility criteria, defined by the Colorado Food Distribution Program on their website. More than 90% of our clientele qualify for this program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- qualitative feedback collected randomly and periodically from clients
- the program becomes increasingly integrated in other community services
- client visits either diminish over the year or represent a small percentage of the overall number of days we were open
- clients report improved income, housing stability, or related circumstances at annual re-registration

Holiday Mart

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Clients of our Food Bank are able to participate in a fun holiday event and receive useful gifts for the whole family. Kids can pair up with volunteers to create presents for their parents and even meet Santa. We partners with our community to create a festive holiday event for the whole family.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We define this program by the number of families helped each year.

Client Volunteer Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Hispanics
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

We believe in community-based approach to serving our clients. Most of our workforce come from recipients of our food pantry. Nearly 90% of the operation is sustained by clients interested in giving back in addition to receiving food.
Need for food is often connected to unemployment and underemployment. For this reason, Bienvenidos interviews and employs an unpaid staff of 25 clients to support most of our operations. Our client-volunteers assist in decision-making, and receive ongoing training related to both personal and professional development. The Unpaid Staff program builds community and fosters development designed to alleviate need for food and related challenges. Further, the program keeps general overhead low and allows Bienvenidos to prioritize food resources.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We maintain a stable, consistent portion of our staff and we graduate a portion of the staff consistently.

Thanksgiving Outreach

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Single Parents
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Each year, we partner with area, housing programs, school Social Workers and other organizations to identify families who would benefit from receiving a special food box and who are not currently receiving food from the Bienvenidos Food Bank. We have prepared and delivered approximately 300- 600 of these boxes each Thanksgiving.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The number of clients served.

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