In Weld County, 1 in 4 people and 1 in 3 children struggle with hunger. That's 88,000 of our neighbors who at some point this year will find themselves without enough food to eat. Those numbers have certainly increased during the rising inflation as more families are visiting Weld Food Bank for the first time. We work to reach these people through our 8 direct services and 70 nonprofit agency partners. Our success is entirely dependent upon the community's support. Through your donation you provide more than food, you provide hope.
Stories tell of the impact Weld Food Bank has on the community, and they show the lives that your donation touches, especially during this incredibly difficult time.
A woman named Allyson called on a Wednesday afternoon to see if we were giving out food, which unfortunately we do not distribute at that time. She had just driven 30 minutes from her home and started to get choked up as she said, "okay, I'll have to tell my kids." It broke our hearts. Thankfully, we were able to catch her before she hung up to tell her about a Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) happening across town in Greeley. She said she would try to get there before hanging up. However, our staff felt we should call her back to make sure she found the MFP. When we reached her, she said she probably didn't have enough gas to get to the distribution and back home. We asked if she could come to our warehouse to get some food for the night, and she could. When she arrived and we started loading up her car, three of her four kids were in the truck with eyes full of excitement. Especially at the giant watermelon we gave them.
Allyson took a moment to share some of her story with our staff. The truck she was driving belonged to a friend because her car broke down that morning. Money was very tight for her family, because her husband works in the oil field and was without work for months. "He will probably be embarrassed that I'm here, because we've never had to ask for help before," she confessed. "He doesn't feel like much of a man right now not being able to provide for us." We suggested she tell him the food came from a friend, and we meant it. We are their neighbors and friends, and that's what we do: help our neighbors. Right before heading home, she said, "this means so much more than you know. Today has been a lightning strike day, but this food makes it so much better."
To lead and engage our community in the fight against hunger.
Weld Food Bank is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization which alleviates hunger and poverty by providing food and services to people in need since 1982. We are a private non-profit organization and are not a part of county government. We are an affiliate of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States.
We work to educate the public about the nature of hunger and poverty. We recognize the need for emergency and supplemental food programs and of other non-profit organizations that meet the critical needs of low-income families. When we provide our services we strive to do so with compassion and respect for the dignity of the people seeking food assistance.
Weld Food Bank collects, stores, and processes food to distribute it to low-income people. We glean food from manufacturers, farmers, distributors, grocers and community food drives in order to make it available to hungry people in our community.
We serve individuals at our warehouse in Greeley through our Emergency Food Program and Senior Feeding Program. Our Mobile Food Pantry and Farms to Families programs go to different sites throughout Weld County including Dacono, Kersey, Pierce and other high need rural areas. Half of our programs are geared to address child hunger. Our Kids Cafe and Summer Feeding programs serve kids mostly made-from-scratch meals while they aren't in school. Through our School Pantry Program, we help students who come to school hungry, and our Backpack Program provides food for children over the weekend. The furthest reach we have in this large county is through our partnerships with nonprofit agency partners who serve in areas like Ault, Gilcrest, Erie, Windsor and many more. Last year, we distributed 12.4 million pounds of food, 7.5 million of which was fresh produce, meat and dairy.