Weld Food Bank (WFB) Saturday Hours
To lead and engage our community in the fight against hunger.
Weld County is a vast, rural area roughly three times the size of Rhode Island. Much of this 4,000+ square mile county is considered an area of low access. 1 in 5 individuals and 1 in 4 kids struggle with food insecurity in Weld County and WFB is the only food bank serving the area. We recognize that access to healthy food has a direct impact on the physical and mental health of an individual. Last year, WFB served 12.8 million pounds of food to 58,000 individuals - 1/5 of the Weld County - through our partner agencies and our 7 direct service programs.These programs were still not reaching everyone in need. WFB reached out to clients to inquire why they had not accessed our services this year. Over half replied that they found employment but still needed help.With that, WFB piloted Saturday hours. We were overwhelmed with the attendance - with 15,000 lbs given out to 544 people. This grant will allow WFB to continue to provide Saturday distributions for the next 6-8 months.
This $25,000 award would allow Weld Food Bank to continue our new Saturday hours, providing those who can’t access our services during the week the opportunity to receive fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy items. Weld Food Bank can provide four meals with every dollar donated. With that said, this grant would provide 100,000 meals to the food insecure of Weld County who are not currently being served.
With 96% of Weld Food Bank clients reporting that the food they receive allows them to have more money for bills, and 77% of households reporting that they have to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities, this access to food helps keep families in their homes. Additionally, 97% of WFB clients report eating more produce when provided by the food bank. With there being a direct correlation between one’s health and a nutritious diet, these Saturday hours will have a lasting impact on the health of those not previous served.