Emergency Food Box Program
Weld Food Bank provides a box of basic food staples to qualified families or individuals in crisis. Recipients are determined by agency referral or intake evaluations by staff. The Emergency Food Box is designed to serve a family of four for 3 days. This shelf stable box is supplemented by donated perishable items. Over 29,000 food boxes were distributed in FY 12-13, serving 66,457 Weld County residents.
Any resident of Weld County is eligible for an EFB. Clients must bring in proof of residency, a photo ID, and either a Social Security Card or another form of ID for the other household members.
Individuals who receive an Emergency Food Box will also receive perishable items from our “extra room.” This is the area of the warehouse where our clients can choose from fresh produce, eggs, bread, and other perishable items that are donated from grocery stores and farmers. Because the items are donated, the food that is available in the extra room varies from day to day.
WFB has experienced an increase in the number of people needing food assistance. We are seeing new types of clients including individuals whose unemployment has run out, folks whose hours have been cut at work, and people who had family members helping them out but who can no longer afford to do so.