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 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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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), Backup Warehouse Volunteers (on-call volunteers to help cover warehouse duties when we are short-handed), 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.

NEWS AND UPDATES

After February 18th, masks will no longer be required when visiting the Food Bank. However, in keeping with CDC recommendations, masks are highly encouraged for your safety and the safety of the clients and volunteers of the Food Bank. The Food Bank team continues to offer “curb-side” service – if you wish to call the Food Bank from your vehicle outside, our volunteer staff will be happy to bring your food boxes out to you. 

 

The Food Bank also continues our usual thorough cleaning and disinfecting procedures. We have always maintained a strong level of cleanliness at our warehouse – and we have no intention of lessening our efforts. 

 

Also in keeping with CDC recommendations, we ask that you please do not visit the Food Bank if you are sick in any way or have tested positive for COVID-19. 

 

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our volunteers, visitors, and clients safe and healthy.

 

Current Food Bank Needs

 

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.), dry pasta, 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.  

 

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.

 

The Food Bank is always eager to receive food donations that cater to allergies and diet restrictions, including low-salt, low-fat, low- or no-sugar, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and organic products. 

 

Thank you for your support and prayers!

 

Thank you for your support and prayers!