Four places to give thanks by giving back in Adams County

Warm meals and acts of kindness from people who care are staples of what makes the holidays so beloved. But not every member of our communities can take those things for granted. Do your part to ensure your neighbors get their share of the holiday spirit by sharing food or volunteering your time at these Adams County-area nonprofits and religious groups.

Neighborhood Outreach of Colorado
Address: 9371 Wigham St., Thornton, and 500 E. 84th Ave., Thornton
Contact: 720-938-4304, information@neighboroutreach.org
The Scoop: Neighborhood Outreach provides at least 40 pounds of food to every family at bimonthly food pantries — the first Thursday of each month at Regis University Thornton Campus and the third Thursday of each month at Holy Cross Catholic Church. You can donate and help at these events or get involved when Neighborhood Outreach launches a free medical clinic, emergency utility bill assistance program and life skills mentoring.

Adams County Emergency Food Bank
Address: 7111 E. 56th Ave., Commerce City
Contact: 720-878-3563
The Scoop: This food bank is open Wednesday-Friday. It distributes fresh produce each week and dry staple foods each month. It also creates food boxes for seniors in need. You can help keep these programs running smoothly by lending your time packing boxes, handing out food, doing office work or by donating perennially needed food supplies and money.

Thornton Community Food Bank
Address: 8990 York St., Thornton
Contact: 303-287-7268
The Scoop: This food pantry exclusively serves residents living between 58th and 104th avenues, Interstate 25 and the South Platte River. Staff and volunteers provide continued emergency food supplies to residents with a referral from a church, school or social service agency three times a week out of Skyview High School’s vocational building.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Stewardship Center and Food Bank
Address: 11426 Pearl St., Northglenn
Contact: 303-452-2041, information@ihmco.org
The Scoop: This Catholic parish has operated a food pantry for more than 40 years. It offers food bags for residents living between 104th and 160th avenues, Interstate 25 and Quebec Street and a bread room that anyone can access once a week. The food bank always welcomes donations of food and money and lists the most needed items online at ihmco.org/food-bank.

Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle

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