We achieved a major benchmark last year on the Western Slope, distributing more food to more people than any other time in our 23-plus-year history in the region. While we are immensely proud to have served our neighbors on the Western Slope in such a dynamic way, last year brought into sharp focus a reality we have long faced: the need for a larger distribution center.
Over the past several years, counties serviced by our Western Slope Distribution Center experienced the largest increase in need of any Food Bank of the Rockies service area. In that time, we expanded our operation on the Western Slope by 94%, increasing from 7.1 million pounds distributed in 2017 to more than 11.8 million pounds in 2021. The need continues to rise, and so must we.
There are many reasons why building the new, larger Western Slope Etkin Family Distribution Center is critical to our mission of meeting the needs of our neighbors struggling with hunger. A few of these reasons include: more storage space for locally sourced produce; opportunities to join forces with community partners like St. Mary’s Medical Center Meals on Wheels Mesa County; room to receive, process, and distribute substantially more food across the Western Slope. We are in the midst of an important capital campaign to make this transformational building a reality and invite you to join us. Please keep reading to learn more about this essential new building and how it will help us ignite the power of community to help nourish our neighbors.