Our St. John the Baptist Food Bank was established in 2002 based on the idea of “feeding the poorest of the poor in our community without turning anyone away.” We provide weekly food assistance boxes to individuals and families within the Longmont community who are struggling with difficult times in their lives. We turn no one away, regardless of job status, living situation, or religious affiliation. As Christians, we are called upon to respond to the needs of all our brothers and sisters, and those with the greatest needs require the greatest response.
Location: 804 S. Lincoln Street Longmont, CO 80501
10:30 am to 6:30 pm on Tuesday
10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Wednesday
10:30 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday
New clients need to fill out an application in person. The application asks for basic information such as name, address, phone number, members of the household, dietary restrictions and allergies, and income-expense estimates. We also ask for a photocopy of a current photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) that we keep as part of our records. You do not need to be a member of St. John the Baptist Parish to receive assistance.
Click the links below to download the Food Bank client application:
The Food Bank is devoted exclusively to providing food assistance. As such, we cannot offer non-food items (except for infant diapers, which we can provide in limited amounts). Nor can we assist with rent, utilities, security deposits, gasoline, repairs, medical bills, housing help, or job searches.
Our ministry relies exclusively on the generosity of our Parish and our community. Non-perishable food donations can be made at the St. John the Baptist Parish or at the Food Bank warehouse. Monetary donations can be sent to either location as well – with checks made out to “St. John the Baptist Food Bank.” SJB Parishioners can also make donations by credit card via FaithDirect. Just enter “Food Bank” under the Notes field.
If you are interested in helping out ministry, we are always looking for assistance in the following area: Warehouse Volunteers (stock shelves, prepare deliveries, build food boxes, process donations, package produce, and general cleaning), Regular Drivers (deliver 3-5 food boxes to the same families once a week), and Substitute Drivers (on-call drivers who fill in when a regular driver is unable to deliver their weekly route). Please contact the Food Bank for more information if you would like to become a volunteer.
The Parish Food Drive will be held over the weekends of March 13-14 and March 20-21. The Knights of Columbus will be handing out donation bags after all Masses on the 13th and 14th, as well as during Carline Communion. The donation bags can be returned before any of the Masses on March 20th and 21st. Optionally, donations can always be dropped off at the Parish during regular business hours or directly at the Food Bank warehouse during our open times (see above). If you drop off your donation to the Food Bank, please be sure to let us know that it’s for the Parish Food Drive.
Our donation request list includes: canned pasta meals (especially with meat), canned stews, canned chili (again, with meat is great), canned soups, canned fruit, canned vegetables, dry beans or lentils, canned tomatoes or tomato products, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jams and jellies, boxed mac-n-cheese, instant side dishes (such as pasta, rice, stuffing, potatoes, etc.), oatmeal, cereal, baking goods, snack foods (chips, crackers, etc.), and canned meat (chicken, tuna, etc.). We are also looking for donations of baby wipes and diapers (any sizes are welcome but sizes 2, 5, and 6 are most needed). Food for restricted diets (dairy-free, gluten-free, low-sodium and low sugar) is also always needed.
Please remember that we generally cannot accept food items that are too far past their posted “sell-by” or “best-by” dates. Non-perishable cans cannot be accepted if they are 12 months past the date. Boxes and bags cannot be taken past 6 months. Any damage to the food containers means we must discard the item – we cannot use it for fear of contamination. Please keep these restrictions in mind when you are cleaning out your pantry.
We are hoping to distribute hams to our clients for Holy Week. Thanks to generous support from our Parishioners, we will be able to purchase most of the hams, but if anyone is interested in donating a ham to one of our client families for Easter, we would welcome the gift! Please bring any ham donations directly to the Food Bank warehouse during our normal business hours.