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 either in person at the Food Bank, or online via clicking the links below. You can also contact us at the Food Bank via phone or email if you need assistance with your application. A phone interview 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

In accordance with Boulder County’s Public Health Order 2021-08, all volunteers and visitors of the Food Bank will be required to wear a mask or face covering when entering the Food Bank warehouse. Anyone remaining outside the building will not be required to wear a mask or covering. For those who do not have a mask or have medical reasons why they cannot wear a mask, the Food Bank team is happy to continue utilizing the “curbside service” model. Clients and visitors can call us from outside or in your vehicle, and we will be glad to bring your food box outside to you, or come out to pick up donations, or bring you an application form, or whatever you need. 

 

In addition to the masking requirements, the Food Bank is continuing our vigorous cleaning and disinfecting of all public work surfaces, carts, refrigerator units, and so on. We have always maintained a strong level of cleanliness at our warehouse – and we have not lessened our efforts since the beginning of the pandemic. 

 

We appreciate the cooperation of all our volunteers, clients, and visitors in helping to keep one another safe and healthy.

 

Current Food Bank Needs

 

The Food Bank continues to need donations of empty, clean egg cartons.  Our preference is for half-dozen or full-dozen sizes. Anything bigger than that is just too large for our purposes. Donations can be dropped off as listed above.

 

We are also very much in need of any of the following food items:

Oatmeal, dry cereal, canned beans, canned chili or stews, canned pasta meals, canned soups, tomato products (pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, “Manwhich,” etc.), canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna or tuna packets, canned meat (chicken, etc.), miscellaneous meals or side dishes (rice, potatoes, stuffing, pastas, etc.), baking mixes or baking materials (oils, sugar, flour, etc.), shelf-stable milk, juice, peanut butter, jelly and jams, and sandwich bread. 

 

During the holiday season, we are also seeking donations of “traditional” meal items:

Stuffing mix, canned yams or sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, canned cream soups (esp. mushroom), canned cranberry sauce or jelly, instant potatoes, gravy mixes or jars, canned green beans, and baking mixes.

 

We are also always happy to accept donations of produce, butter, 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.

 

Lastly, we can always use size 6 diapers and baby wipes. 

 

Thank you for your support and prayers!