Our vision is a hunger-free community. Our mission is to eliminate hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties through engagement, collaboration, and leadership.
Community Food Share was created as a non-profit food bank in 1981 and became an affiliate of America's Second Harvest (now called Feeding America). Originally operating under the umbrella of Food Bank of the Rockies, Community Food Share began operations in space at EFAA's ECHO House Emergency Shelter in Boulder. Kathy Coyne was hired as the sole staff member of this new organization. Shortly thereafter, the City of Boulder offered space, for only $1 a year, in a city-owned building on 13th Street. Immediately, Community Food Share began collecting and distributing food to 18 human service agencies in Boulder County.
Raising awareness became a top priority of this fledgling organization. Kathy Coyne began speaking to civic organizations, members of the community, and really "anyone who would listen," about the reality of local hunger. Step by step, she succeeded in engaging the community in the problem. By the end of 1981, after operating for only six months, Community Food Share had distributed 48,000 pounds of food.
In the early 1980s, food banks were still a relatively new concept across the United States and most, if not all, were located in large metropolitan areas. Due to its smaller size, Community Food Share was able to be more innovative in creating new programs to solve the issue of hunger in our community.
That innovative spirit has carried us through the victories we celebrate today - From partnering with local farms to building a mobile food pantry, we're always finding new ways to source and deliver the best food to more people, so we can end hunger in our neighborhood for good.
- TESTIMONIALS FROM PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS -
"I wish my mom had Community Food Share when I was little."
"Thank you for all that you do. It's such a beautiful service that you provide to the community. We had a week where we had nothing, and Community Food Share made all the difference."
"This program helps feed my family every week with fresh veggies and fruits. Thank you so much."
"Without this program, my kids might not have dinner or snacks on some days. It helps keep my family strong and focused."
"We really appreciate the help. We are able to pay off our bills - and pay them on time - because of the help we receive."
"You guys should be so proud of yourselves for what you do. For me, it's the biggest blessing I've ever had. I would not be eating if I didn't get to use your services...You guys are guardian angels."
- TESTIMONIALS FROM VOLUNTEERS -
"I really get a sense of community when I'm out there. The people at Community Food Share are so great to work with, and it really gives us a feeling of satisfaction that we've accomplished something, no matter what task we're doing."
"I get a tremendous lift when I deliver food through Elder Share. We've been doing it fairly regularly over the last couple of months. The people recognize us, and it's so nice to see their faces light up when we arrive. We share conversation and exchange recipes."
"It was Community Food Share that really kept me stabilized. It boosted my moral, gave me structure, and an opportunity to contribute to the community. It's also a reminder that there are people who are in much greater need than I am." - A community member who volunteered with us during a period of unemployment
- TESTIMONIALS FROM DONORS -
"It's great to have the opportunity to help people in our own community, especially through an organization where we know the support is going to families like our own, who just don't have as fortunate of circumstances."
"I'm confident my donations are going to a good cause and being managed effectively."
"Supporting Community Food Share is rewarding and serotonin-boosting!"