Looking for a way to help your community? These food banks — and others across Douglas and Arapahoe counties — serve tens of thousands of residents year round. Though the colder months traditionally inspire more frequent food drives and greater need, you can check out these community resources at any time of the year if you’re in need of assistance or if you have time or money to give.
Douglas/Elbert Task Force
Address: 1638 Park St., Castle Rock
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
The scoop: This is one of the largest providers of food and limited financial assistance to Douglas County residents. Deputy director Jenny Follmer says thousands of area residents are struggling to cover monthly bills, including rising rent costs and high medical bills. “We distributed well over 64,000 pounds of food to our clients in October alone,” she said. “And we probably see about 20 families a day here every weekday.” The organization has been around for 32 years and runs with the help of more than 300 volunteers.
HOPE — Helping Our People Excel
Address: 3940 S. Broadway, Englewood
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Friday
The scoop: HOPE provides bread, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and non-perishable food to anyone in need. Executive director Bart Sayyah joined HOPE as a volunteer in 2016 and took over leadership of the agency in August. “Our primary mission is straightforward: We feed people, and we do so without judgment,” he said. “We foster a community of openness and ease, and we ask very little of our clients when they come to us for support or assistance. We just open our doors and provide free groceries to them twice a week.” The food bank limits families to one visit per week. Clients go to the pantry and pick the items themselves. Sayyah said about 60 percent of the donations come from local grocery stores and the rest comes from the community.
Integrated Family Community Services
Address: 3370 S. Irving St., Englewood
Hours: 8-11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday
The scoop: Integrated Family Community Services, founded in 1964, is one of the region’s largest food banks. Residents living anywhere in Arapahoe County (except Aurora) and northern Douglas County can receive services. About 20,000 people were served last year, and more than 120,000 meals were distributed, spokesman Todd McPherson said. If you want to help, donations of personal care and hygiene items are …
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle