Our programs

How we nourish our neighbors

The face of hunger in Southern Colorado is different from the cities to the plains, from the mountains to the valleys. Our approach to providing food to our neighbors is as unique as they are.

Our partner agencies

Nourishing our Food Pantries and Meal Sites today—and tomorrow.

We are the experts in sourcing and getting millions of pounds of nutritious food to our distribution centers each year. Distributing it to our network of Partner Agencies—food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community center, churches, and schools— is the most effective and efficient way to serve our neighbors in need.⁠ 

Direct service programs

There are areas in Southern Colorado where it easy easy for people to find food. It could be a community with no food pantry or a limited number of grocery stores nearby. That's when  our Direct Service programs come in. Our Sunny Side Markets, Mobile Markets, and Mobile Food Pantries bring good food to neighbors in a simple and dignified way.

Sunny Side Market

Sunny Side Market is a network of local food pantries owned and operated by Care and Share Food Bank. All of the food we provide is free of charge, and served in a warm, dignified, and respectful shopping experience. Find a market in Fountain and Pueblo.

Mobile Food Pantries

Mobile Food Pantries are like farmers markets on wheels. We fill a semi-truck with food and bring it out to a location to distribute to neighbors who need it. Often times, these are walk-up or drive-thru type of events.

Mobile Markets

Our Mobile Markets take food directly into smaller neighborhoods that have high concentrations of need, like mobile home parks. We’ll fill the shelves with fresh fruits, vegetables, and pantry staples, and then neighbors choose what they want to take home.

need food now?

Check out our calendar to find a food distribution near you.

Children’s Nutrition Initiative

Who wants kids to go hungry? Not us and not you! Our Children’s Nutrition Initiative (CNI) programs—Send Hunger Packing, School Pantries, and School Snacks—get food to kids and their families so they can learn and grow inside and outside of the classroom. It’s just that simple.

National Food & Nutrition Programs

Through our partnership with national nutrition programs and government food programs, we're able to provide meal boxes for seniors in need and extra food for families living on a low-income, We can help people get enrolled in SNAP, and conduct interactive cooking classes that teach families to shop and cook nutritious meals on a budget. 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Is a federally funded program that provides extra food for seniors living on a low-income. Monthly food distributions are held at participating sites throughout Southern Colorado, serving thousands of our neighbors in need.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

Is a federally funded program that provides food for low-come individuals, families, and seniors. Monthly food distributions are held at participating sites throughout Southern Colorado, serving thousands of our neighbors in need.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Is a monthly allocation of dollars for individuals and families who need help getting enough food. Each month, money for food is loaded onto an EBT card, which works like a debit card. You can use this card to buy nutritious food at grocery stores and other food retailers.

Cooking Matters

Eating healthy on a limited budget is a hard thing to do, and many of us don’t know how to do it. Our Cooking Matters program is a six-week course that teaches low-income families how to shop for and create healthy, affordable meals.

A little bit goes a long way

Though you might not think twice about where your next meal comes from, thousands of your neighbors do. No matter how different we may seem, we want the same things for ourselves and our loved ones: to be safe, nourished, and given the opportunity to achieve our potential. When you give, you fill a critical need.

$1

Provides six filling and nutritious meals to families in need.

$100

Provides fresh produce through a mobile food pantry to 50 neighbors in need.

$300

Provides a weekly food-filled backpack to a child for the school year.

$500

Will help stock 32 families cupboards for a month.