The Eagle River Valley Food Bank
Reducing hunger in the Eagle River Valley of Colorado
The Eagle River Valley Food Bank is a partnership of Our Community Foundation, Food Bank of the Rockies, Eagle County government, Vail Resorts, a number of community non profit groups and other entities that provide local food assistance.
A warehouse at 760 Lindbergh Drive in Gypsum is the central operations hub for the program, where the food bank is housed. But the program also brings food to locations throughout the Eagle River Valley for people who need it.
Our food is distributed free of charge at weekly markets that we host in convenient community locations throughout the valley. Mobile markets feature a variety of fresh produce, dairy and bread as well as shelf-stable grocery items.
OCF established the Eagle River Valley Food Bank in May of 2018 as a scalable food security system that has the capacity to respond to immediate and long-term food insecurity needs.
At the Eagle River Valley Food Bank, we believe in healthy people, strong communities and environmental sustainability.
We believe that everyone should have access to healthy, good quality food. Approximately 30% of the food that we distribute is fresh produce. We feed an average of 540 individuals in our community every week. We are excited to announce the start of our local sourcing program, designed to bring fresh, healthy food into our community while also supporting Colorado farmers and strengthening our local food system.
Approximately 30% of the food that we distribute is fresh produce.
We partner with under-served communities in the valley to host mobile markets in locations that are convenient and easily accessible. Anyone can come shop for free at our markets, all we need to know is your name, phone number, zip code and the number of people in your family. No hoops to jump through – just good food and community bonding.
Our customers can also come directly to our warehouse located at 760 Lindbergh Drive in Gypsum, unit #7.
Please give us a call at (970) 328-7900 before stopping by.
Food waste is a significant problem for the environment. When food is wasted, so, too, are all of the resources that went into producing, processing, and transporting that food. Food waste is also bad news for the environment when it ends up in landfills where it emits methane – a powerful greenhouse gas and driver of climate change.
The Eagle River Valley Food Bank is working to address food waste through food recovery: the collection of still edible, good quality food that would otherwise be wasted. This recovered food is then distributed to food insecure communities throughout the Eagle River Valley.
We have partnerships with local farmers who feed the food that can no longer be eaten by humans to their animals. We then compost any other food that is left and that can’t be eaten by animals, contributing to healthier soils in Eagle County!
In 2018, the Eagle River Valley Food Bank was the awarded the Climate Impact Award by Walking Mountains Science Center’s Actively Green Sustainable Business Training and Eco-Certification program.
The food bank is the core service within a broader set of food-related services managed by Our Community Foundation
The food security initiatives undertaken by OCF are funded primarily by Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam, and a local family that wishes to remain anonymous. Substantial in-kind donation of food has been donated by Mitch Karlin, of Karlin Foods. Additional financial support has been provided by other generous unrestricted gifts to OCF, and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
If you have lived in Eagle County for a lifetime, or have picked this beautiful mountain community to call home, people demonstrate their value through giving of their time to enhance our community’s quality of life. Volunteering is a way of life in Eagle County. If you are interested in volunteering, we can connect you.
WE NEED YOU
The first step is to let us know of your interest, and then we’ll get started. We encourage your involvement and look forward to working with you. Call or email the Foundation to discuss volunteer opportunities.
Eliminating School Lunch Debt
Around the country, school systems routinely stamp the hands of children who are unable to pay for a lunch they have received from their school cafeteria – a humiliation to children and their families. When OCF learned of this, the organization immediately paid off about $4,000 in student debt owed by nearly 400 local families. We will continue to address this issue in 2018.