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 North West Family Assistance Center, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

DONATE BY MAIL

Bienvenidos Food Bank
PO Box 11948
Denver, CO 80211

WORKPLACE GIVING

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.

FOOD DONATIONS

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 don’t leave large amounts here)
          4059 Tejon St. Denver, CO 80211
          Hours: M – Sat. 6:30am – 7:00pm
          Sunday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
        • Highland United Methodist Church
          Neighborhood Hub Garage (coming  2019)
          3131 Osceola St, Denver, CO 80212
        • Highland Lutheran Church
          3995 Irving St. Denver, 80211
          Hours: anytime
          Look for the orange donation bin by the front door
      • Bienvenidos Food Bank   (Large amounts & items accepted here)
        • 3810 Pecos Street
        • We accept all donations here including fresh and frozen food.
        • Hours: Wed 9:30 am to 12:30; Thursdays: 9:30 to 12:30 & 4 to 5:30 pm
      • 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  — Needed now
  • Hearty soups (Chunky, Progresso etc.)
  • Stews and Chili –
  • Canned Chicken and Tuna
  • Jams, Jelly & Honey – Needed now
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Boxed dry meals and sides
  • Not needed now:  Black beans and green beans
  • Soap and Shampoo (full sizes)
  • Toothpaste & deodorant – Most needed
  • 1-2 lbs. bags of rice
  • Refried beans
  • Condiments
  • Peanut butter
  • 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 throw 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)

VOLUNTEER

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
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us to see what positions are available.
  • 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.