Food Bank

"AND THE KING WILL ANSWER THEM, 'TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BRETHREN, YOU DID IT TO ME.'" MATTHEW 25:40

FOOD BANK

ABOUT US

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.

CONTACT US

E-mail: foodbank@johnthebaptist.org

Phone: 303-678-1469

Location: 804 S. Lincoln Street Longmont, CO 80501

BUSINESS HOURS

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

HOW TO GET HELP

New clients need to fill out an application in person at the Food Bank. If you are unable to visit the Food Bank in person, please contact us via phone or email. A phone interview or emailed application can be arranged – though please be prepared for delays in scheduling and processing.

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 for identification purposes. You do not need to be a member of St. John the
Baptist Parish to receive assistance.

WHAT WE CANNOT PROVIDE

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.

As an outreach ministry, we do maintain a list of local and county service groups who may be able to assist you with non-food-related needs. Please contact Michael Merrell at the Food Bank for contact information.

DONATIONS

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 during regular business hours.
Please be mindful of expiration dates on all packaging. We are not able to accept any damaged packages or containers, nor are we able to re-package food on site. If you have any questions regarding donations, please contact us by phone or by email.

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.

NEWS AND UPDATES

Masks are still required to enter the Food Bank building. We are also still allowing for “curb-side” pickup of your weekly food box. Please feel free to pull up to the south side of the warehouse and call in to let us know you are here. We appreciate everyone who has helped us maintain our safety protocols and procedures.

The St. Francis of Assisi Parish will be holding a food drive in May to benefit the Food Bank. We are extremely grateful to the Knights of Columbus Council 1313 and Parish staff for organizing this event.

As summer approaches, annual programs such as the Peach & Pear Fundraiser and the School Backpack Program will be returning. More details will be available here or in the Parish bulletin as we get closer to those dates.

Current Food Bank Needs:

The Food Bank is is dire need of the following food items: canned tuna (or other meat), canned chili, canned stew, canned pasta meals, oatmeal, dry cereal, dry and canned beans, boxed side dishes (such as instant rice, pasta, stuffing, or potatoes), canned and dried fruit, canned vegetables (especially greens), canned tomato products (including diced or crushed tomatoes and spaghetti sauce), boxed skillet meals (Hamburger Helper, etc.), and baking mixes. We are
also always in need of diapers (especially size 4, 5, and 6) as well as baby wipes and formula.

We are happy to accept donations of produce, meat, and eggs. These should be brought directly to the Food Bank for refrigeration. When possible, please bring such perishable donations earlier in the week (preferably on Tuesdays) so that we can see about sorting and allocating the food that same week. When items are donated late Wednesday or Thursday, they are more likely to need to sit over the weekend – and we would hate for anything to go bad before we could offer to our clients.

Thank you for your consideration and support!