Donate, Food Drop Off, Food Drives & Volunteering

Make a Financial Donation

Your financial donation is the most powerful way to help families in need. Through our partnerships with local grocery stores and other food providers, we are able to turn every $1 cash donation into more than $9 worth of food including fresh meat and produce!

Bienvenidos Food Bank is a program of the Northwest Family Assistance Center, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible (EIN# 74-2543251).


Bienvenidos Food Bank
PO Box 11948
Denver, CO 80211

ReFund Colorado Tax Program:

You can make a donation with your Colorado Tax return by writing in Bienvenidos Food Bank and our ReFund #: 20083005420

Instructions: 1.  Use the “2019 Voluntary Contributions Schedule” on your Colorado Tax form.  2.  On Line 19 “Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund” add the amount you would like to donate from your tax refund.  3.  Enter our 11-diget Secretary of State number: 20083005420 in the line below.  4.  Enter Bienvenidos Food Bank in the “enter the Name of the Registered Charitable Organization” section.

If using a tax preparer, just give this info when you share your tax documents.

Smile knowing you’ve helped a cause that matters to you!


If you are part of a workplace giving program, please use these designation codes:

The Bienvenidos Food Bank is a program of the Northwest Family Assistance Center, a 501 C 3 Colorado nonprofit organization.


We gladly accept your donations of nonperishable and perishable food to help stock our pantry!

For large donations or food drive drop offs, please call and arrange a drop off time at 303-433-6328.  For general drop off items please visit these locations:

When and Where to Donate – Food Donation Drop off locations
        • Cherry Bean Coffee (please no large amounts here)
          4059 Tejon St. Denver, CO 80211
          Hours: M – Sat. 7 am – 3:00pm  – Covid hours
          Sunday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
        • Highlands Lutheran Church – Preferred drop off location at this time 
          3995 Irving St. Denver, CO 80211
          Hours: Open all hours – look for orange box on porch
        • Tenn Street Coffee & Books (please no large amounts here)
        • 4418 Tennyson St.  Denver, CO 80212
        • Bienvenidos Food Bank
          3810 Pecos St. Denver, CO 80211
          Hours: Wed. 9 to 1; Thurs. 9 to 1 & 3:30 to 6 pm
        • We accept all donations here including fresh, frozen food and larger amounts.
        • Drive in the alley (East side) we’ll help you unload (please knock or ring doorbell)
        • Or call to schedule a drop off time: 303-433-6328
        • If you are dropping off food and we aren’t there, please leave a message to let us know that you’ve left food.

Fresh Food Donations

We welcome your homegrown and fresh donations of fruits and vegetables! However, to keep them fresh for clients, we can only accept them on Wednesday & Thursday mornings from 9:30 am to noon. (We do close periodically and for most holidays – please call ahead to be sure we are open.)

Donation Guidelines

Just like you, our clients want food they need and like. Give what you and your family would want to receive if you needed food.

Most needed items
  • Canned fruit
  • Cooking oil
  • Hearty soups (Chunky, Progresso etc.)  most needed now
  • Stews and Chili – needed now
  • Canned Chicken and Tuna
  • Jams, Jelly & Honey – needed now
  • Pasta & Sauce –  pasta sauce needed
  • Boxed dry meals and sides
  • Not needed now:  Black beans and green beans
  • Soap
  • Shampoo (full sizes)
  • Toothpaste & deodorant
  • 1-2 lbs. bags of rice
  • Refried beans
  • Condiments
  • Peanut butter
  • Snack bars
  • Cash donations*

*Every $1 donation can purchase over $9 worth of food, including fresh produce.

Items we cannot accept
  • Food that has been opened or used (boxed items still with a sealed bag is ok)
  • Homemade items or previously prepared foods
  • Expired more than 1 year for most items
  • Rusted, badly dented, dirty or damaged cans
  • Expired baby food (required by law)
  • Clothing or household items (call 211 for agencies that accept those items)

Help us reduce our costs and help more people by not donating items that we will have to inspect and thrown away.

Laws protecting Food Donor and Tax benefits

FOOD DRIVES  (Summer is a great time for a food drive as our pantry will be low)

If you, your group, school, business or church would like to host a food drive we can help! Contact us and we can provide helpful hints and any of these items to make your drive a success.

  • A copy of our logo to use for your promotional material, Face Book posts etc.
  • Food Collection crates (large milk crates with our logo) or a printable sign to attach to your donation collection boxes.
  • For specific items needed now, please contact us.  Also see our most needed items listed above.
  • Donation cans (every $1 donated allows us to provide more than $9 worth of food)
  • Information flyers
  • Tax receipts
  • Banner (if appropriate)


Volunteers are an essential part of our organization. Many of our clients volunteer their time every week. If you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to call to learn more as well as visit during one of our distributions.

Volunteer opportunities – Due to Covid-19 we have very limited volunteer opportunities. If you are available Thursday afternoons 2 to 3 weeks per month, Please call to discuss availability. 
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us to see what positions are available.
  • We are looking for volunteers who can work at least once a month for up to a year.
  • Usual options are: Wednesdays 10 am to 12:30; Thursdays 10 am to 12:30 pm and 3:45 pm to 6 pm.
Court Ordered Community Service Hours
  • Please contact us with the number of hours you need and when they are to be completed.
  • Hours available are usually: Wednesdays 9:30 to 12:30; Thursdays 9:30 to 1 pm and 3:30 pm to 6 pm.
Company or groups
  • As a small organization we have a limited number of group opportunities throughout the year. However, we have a great option for groups year round with our partners at Food Bank of the Rockies. You can schedule a volunteer outing for your group and help us earn food purchase credits!
  • If interested, please email us and ask for information about the VIP Volunteer Program.

To find out about upcoming events and special volunteer opportunities and other news, connect with us on Facebook or join our mailing list.