In 1976 a group of concerned neighbors and church leaders started a food bank at the St. Patrick Action Center to serve the high number of struggling families in Northwest Denver. The program grew under the leadership of well know community activist Ellen Torres, who also helped establish the nonprofit Northwest Family Assistance Center. When the Action Center closed in 1998, the organizations merged and, while temporarily without a home, the food bank kept operating, utilizing schools and recreation centers until eventually space was leased at Our Merciful Savior Episcopal Church at the corner of West 32nd Avenue and Wyandot Street. Ellen Torres continued to run the all-volunteer nonprofit until her untimely death in 2001. However, a group of dedicated volunteers and friends came together to kept the program growing and thriving.
Today the Bienvenidos Food Bank has developed into a strong, independent, community based nonprofit organization solely focused on hunger relief and food security. We continue to be an organization rooted in the Northwest Denver community, but serve people throughout all of Denver. We recognize the changing demographics of our community and the clients we serve and we are committed to helping as many families as possible by seeking innovative ways to provide food assistance.
Wednesdays 9AM-Noon or
Thursdays 9AM-Noon and 3:30-5PM
Online: Colorado Gives
Send Checks to: P.O. Box 11948
Denver, CO 80211
West 38th Avenue Location
Thursdays, 11AM-Noon & 4-5:30PM (Except 3rd Thursday of the month)
3810 Pecos Street, Denver, 80211
3rd Thursday of the month, 10:30AM-Noon (January-October)
Current Location: 4747 W. Colfax, Denver, CO 80204 (VFW Building)