We have something special planned for you this week. We are presenting a week-long series about our work. What is food banking, how do we get our food, how do we distribute our food? Please tune-in to get the ABCs of food banking, starting today!
Food banking can be a complicated business to explain. We always like to start off by asking “do you know the difference between a food pantry and a food bank?” Oftentimes, the answer is “no.”
Food banks are different than food pantries, soup kitchens, or emergency shelters because we supply the food to these agencies (which we call our partner agencies), who in turn distribute the food directly to those in need. Our warehouses in Pueblo and Colorado Springs are specifically designed to receive and distribute millions of pounds of food annually, up to 25 million pounds in fact, which requires specialized equipment (forklifts and pallet jacks), a fleet of refrigerated trucks, large freezer and refrigeration units, thousands of volunteers, and staff with the logistical expertise to coordinate distribution efforts throughout our 52,000 square mile service area.