Who We Serve
During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Weld Food Bank distributed more than 9.1 million pounds of food. Of the 9.1 million pounds, over 4.5 million came from outside the state of Colorado and was made available to residents of Weld County.
Much of the food WFB distributes is donated food obtained from national food industries through our membership with Feeding America. We also receive food from community food drives, local farmers, food processors, distributors, restaurants, supermarkets, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities. While donated food is preferable for food banks, a great majority of food banks across the nation, including Weld Food Bank, are now purchasing food to supply to non-profit partners and low-income residents in our community.
Weld Food Bank serves as a clearing house and as such is the only food bank operating within our county. As a food bank, our primary focus is to supply food to our 100 partner agencies. Client contact occurs primarily at our Greeley offices, but it also occurs throughout the county with distribution sites in New Raymer, Grover, and Ft. Lupton. Our 104 member agencies take food from our warehouse to feed low-income people in the most rural areas of our county, such as New Raymer and Grover.
WFB serves a variety of clientele including single parents, working families, the disabled, seniors, homeless and any resident in need. 39% of the households we serve have children under 18. 46% of Weld Food Bank client households have one employed adult. 26% of seniors we serve reported going hungry at some point in the last year because they did not have enough money to buy food.
Each month we build and distribute emergency food packages to serve close to 66,500 individuals and CSFP boxes to help feed 3,500 hungry residents of Weld County. Last year, volunteers and agencies built 23,871 backpacks that provide food-insecure children nutritious weekend meals.