The City of Brighton is completely funding the Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Food Pantry in Brighton this summer. This effort is in response to City Council’s request to use the CARES Act grant to keep food on the table for Brighton individuals and families who are currently struggling financially from the impacts of COVID-19. The mobile food pantry will be held at Historic City Hall (22 S. 4th Ave.) on the second Saturdays of the month from 9 to 11 a.m.: July 11, August 8, and September 12.
Anyone lacking the financial resources to purchase food, including families, individuals, and older adults, are welcome. This is a drive-thru pantry, much like a drive-thru restaurant service. Volunteers will place boxes of food in the vehicles. However, people without a vehicle can receive a box of food as well.
Food Bank of the Rockies has been providing high quality, low cost food to local food banks and to people directly through mobile food pantries since 1978. A typical mobile pantry prior to COVID-19 would distribute about 11,500 pounds of protein items, canned goods, fresh produce, and dairy. Since mid-March, Food Bank of the Rockies reports that many mobile pantries are providing double to quintuple the amount of food than usual due to the increase in people who have lost their jobs and are facing food insecurity. More than 30-percent of the people being served during this pandemic said they have not needed food assistance before. Most people served through Food Bank of the Rockies are working adults, seniors on fixed incomes, or are individuals with health issues.
If you have questions, please contact Nicole Samson, Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Governmental Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-655-2148.