Food Bank of the Rockies

May 2023


Our Emergency Response to Individuals Arriving in Colorado

At Food Bank of the Rockies, we strive to meet the needs of our community wherever and whenever possible, no matter how great the challenge. From preparing culturally responsive food boxes for newly arrived neighbors from Afghanistan in 2021 and 2022, to providing historic levels of food and essentials to our neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic and record-high inflation, we show up and will continue to show up for our community members in need.


For over a week now, hundreds of adults and children have been arriving in Denver every day from across Latin America. That’s an enormous increase from the previous average of 30 people arriving daily. To help them as they settle here or continue on their journey, every day we have been assembling and distributing hundreds of emergency-relief bags filled with food, water, milk, and hygiene products. We are working hard to include foods that are culturally familiar to our new neighbors, as it is our hope to not only provide everyone with the food they need, but also the familiarity that can offer a sense of comfort during such a stressful time.


One couple we met, Yudaxi and Oswaldo, traveled for seven-and-a-half months from Ecuador and arrived in Denver last week with their two dogs. They were relieved to arrive in Denver, where they hope to settle and find jobs. The journey was tough, especially through the jungles. They shared with us how grateful they were for the food provided by Food Bank of the Rockies, which was made possible thanks to generous support from people like you.


Food Bank of the Rockies is continuing to work with state and City of Denver staff members and partners like ViVe Wellness and Papagayo to respond to individuals and families traveling into or through Denver from countries across Latin America, including Venezuela and Ecuador. If you would like to support our emergency-relief efforts, please consider volunteering or donating today. Thank you!

“I like helping people. It just feels good,” said Anna. Added her mom, Gayle: “We’re passionate about making sure food gets into the community. Everyone is here today because they need it.”

 – Mother and daughter mobile pantry volunteers, Gayle and Anna 

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Join us at Gather & Sow!

Food Bank of the Rockies’ second-annual Gather & Sow signature event is an opportunity to savor the best of Denver’s culinary scene amid the beauty of Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. Enjoy an evening of locally sourced plates crafted by top Denver chefs, a live auction, signature beverages, and more, all aimed at celebrating and supporting the impact Food Bank of the Rockies is making in the lives of children and families in our community experiencing hunger.


Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023


Time: 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.


Location: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128

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