Bienvenidos Food Bank provides a variety of programs to serve our communities:
Bienvenidos Pantry – An ongoing resource for those who need emergency or supplemental food, offering a variety of foods where families may “shop” for what they need. The pantry is open weekly for clients, conveniently in the morning and evening, and we make it a priority to always provide healthy choices such as fresh produce knowing that many people cannot afford to buy fresh food.
USDA Commodities – As an authorized sub-agency of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), we provide commodities each month. Clients must meet TEFAP requirements and provide ID and proof of address. TEFAP Nondiscrimination statement.
SNAP (Food Stamps) – Clients can meet at Bienvenidos for sign-up assistance through a collaborative program with Hunger Free Colorado.
Pet Food Pantry – We provide cat and dog food for clients with existing pets in the household during the first week of each month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at our 38th and Pecos location. This is a collaborative program with Colorado Pet Pantry.
Diapers & Baby Food – WeeCycle of Denver provides diapers once a month for our clients. Please bring your baby’s birth certificate. Baby food is also available.
Personal Hygiene – Feminine products are also available through a collaborative program with I Support the Girls International.
Mobile Food Pantries – Once a month, we bring food directly to high-need neighborhoods. This is a cost-effective way to provide greater access to food assistance for our clients, many of whom live nearby in shelters, low-income apartments, and senior housing. Our current locations include the West Colfax region in Denver, which is a recognized food desert (an area lacking sources of nutritious food), Quigg Newton Homes (DHA), Del Norte Apartments, and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless buildings. Learn More.
Neighborhood Centers – Bienvenidos provides greater access for emergency food assistance through on-site assistance in local schools, nonprofit service agencies, and other locations in Northwest Denver. We partner with social workers, case managers, and other professionals who work with children, seniors, and families in need. Clients may also receive information about our programs and referrals for other services.
Home Grocery Delivery – Homebound seniors and disabled clients may receive balanced and easy-to-prepare food delivered to their homes twice a month by caring volunteers.
Thanksgiving Outreach – In addition to serving our clientele, we also provide Thanksgiving baskets to residents of Clare Gardens, a Denver low-income housing development, as well as to needy families affiliated with Northwest Denver Schools and our Neighborhood Centers.
Holiday Celebration – We provide holiday food and gifts each December.
Client Volunteer Program – Most of our volunteer help comes from clients themselves. We provide opportunities for clients who have received our services and want to give back. We are proud to be a community of friends and neighbors helping each other.
Community Service – As an authorized court-ordered community service site, we provide opportunities to complete service. Learn More.
Zero Waste Food Bank – Not only do we save thousands of pounds of food that would otherwise be thrown away, we compost expired produce with local growers and farmers, and also recycle our cardboard and other materials. We also deliver undistributed food to senior centers and homeless shelters.