FOOD BANK

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.” From humble beginnings as a closet-sized space within the church, the generous support of our partners and Parish community settled us at our permanent home in our warehouse on Lincoln Street. From here we continue to serve disadvantaged and struggling individuals and families. The goal of our ministry is to help move people forward during a difficult time, not create an indefinite dependence on the Parish’s generosity. We provide a “hand up” rather than a “hand-out.” Over the years, our client base has grown from 35 to almost 200 client households, and we distribute more than 4,500 pounds of food each week to those needing assistance.

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. 

 

 

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” — Proverbs 22:9

 

804 S. Lincoln Street Longmont, CO 80501

Phone: 303-678-1469

E-mail: foodbank@johnthebaptist.org

Hours of Operation

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

NEWS

As the springtime continues to rush by, the SJB Food Bank is maintaining protocols and procedures in accordance with Boulder County Health public orders and CDC recommendations. Our volunteer staff are following the directives on hand-washing, mask and gloves usage, social distancing, and regular disinfecting and cleaning of warehouse equipment and surfaces. We also support any of our volunteers who choose to self-quarantine even during the gradual relaxing of “stay-at-home” restrictions.

Curb-side pick-up for our walk-in clients has been very successful. Regular clients can call us from their vehicles when they arrive, and our crack team of volunteers bring their food boxes outside to them. We are asking our clients to either load their vehicles themselves or at least open any doors or trunks for our team to load the boxes. This helps us adhere to the best practices for minimizing contact during these pick-ups.

Deliveries are also geared at minimal contact. Our volunteer drivers are dropping off boxes at our clients’ front doors and then knocking or ringing doorbells to indicate the food is there. This has been very workable – and our homebound clients have been quite supportive and grateful.

In keeping with the updated “safer-at-home” requirements, we are not permitting anyone to enter the Food Bank warehouse without a mask or similar face covering. We are also asking that clients and visitors not wait in our lobby due to the small and enclosed space. Instead, we ask that everyone wait outside while we process applications or prepare food boxes.

Speaking of applications, we are lightening the usual requirements for new incoming clients to the Food Bank. Normally, a paper application must be filled out, which asks for basic info such as name, address, phone number, members of the household, income or assistance sources, and dietary restrictions. We also usually require a current photo ID, which we make a photocopy of for our records. While this is still the preferred route, we are also willing to take applications over the phone or through email – especially if the new client is homebound or otherwise unable to physically visit the Food Bank.

We are also continuing to accept donations. The Parish and our community have been most generous with food and cash gifts – and every little bit helps! Donations can be made online via the Parish’s FaithDirect page or in person at the front desk or at the warehouse. Food donations can also be made at the Parish or at the warehouse – though if you have perishable donations, please bring those directly to the Food Bank so we can refrigerate the food promptly.

As always, we at the Food Bank are extremely appreciative of the support and prayers of our Parish family! Thank you for all that you do for those we serve!

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