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.
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
804 S. Lincoln Street Longmont, CO 80501
The Summer Parish Food Drive is coming! When you come to Mass or Carline Holy Communion on July 19th, please watch for the dedicated efforts of our Parish youth who will be handing out donation bags to anyone willing to accept one. Attached to these bags will be a list of food items and school supplies that the Food Bank desperately needs for our weekly food boxes and our School Backpack Program. Collect your bag today and return it when you come for Mass and Communion on July 26th! Remember, even a small donation can make all the difference.
Food items that we need include: canned pasta meals, canned stews, canned chili, canned soup (especially larger cans), canned fruit, dry pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, mac-n-cheese, instant side dishes (pasta, rice, etc), canned meat (other than tuna), oatmeal, and cereal. Naturally, anything that can be donated will help out the families we serve. We are also in need of protein sources like meat. If you would like to donate meat to the Food Bank, please do so directly at our warehouse so we can quickly get the meat into our freezers.
School supplies needed for our Backpack Program include: crayons, colored pencils, rulers, scissors, bottled glue, folders of all colors, spiral notebooks, composition books, and lined paper. Many of our client families include school-age children – and the annual Backpack Program is always a welcome assistance to kids returning to school.
Don’t forget about the Peach and Pear Fundraiser! Order forms came with the Parish bulletin at the beginning of the month and should be available at the front desk as well. Plus, this year we also have online forms through which you can order using your credit card. Check out the front page of the Parish website for the link. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank ministry – and, even better, you get to enjoy Colorado-grown fruit from the Western Slope! Deadline for fruit orders is Monday July 27th!
As always, know that your continued support means to world to the Food Bank team and to our clients.
Thank you and God Bless!