Food Distribution: Our largest and primary program, the Food Bank distributes fresh and nonperishable food items weekly on Thursdays between 11A-12P and 4P-6P. Qualified clients live in North West Denver between Sheridan Boulevard and I-25, Colfax Avenue and West 52nd Avenue. Quarterly, depending on resources available, we distribute personal care items such as tooth brushes, deodorant, and toilet paper.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): Monthly, the Food Bank collects and distributes government commodities. Qualified clients are considered by the USDA to meet specific income eligibility criteria, defined by the Colorado Food Distribution Program on their website.
Unpaid Staff: Need for food is often connected to unemployment and underemployment. For this reason, Bienvenidos interviews, hires, and employs an unpaid staff of 25 clients to support nearly 75% of all operations. Staff attend monthly meetings, take part in conflict-resolution processes with clients, assist in decision-making, and receive ongoing training related to both personal and professional development. The Unpaid Staff program builds community and fosters development designed to alleviate need for food and related challenges.
Food Cycles: In partnership with Regis University (Romero House Program), Bienvenidos composts and recycles its organic waste and repurposes some of its recyclable waste at a community garden in North West Denver. The compost is turned regularly by a Bienvenidos staff member and is later used to grow fresh produce that benefits recipients of the Food Bank.