About the Community Food Bank in Grand Junction

 

The Community Food Bank began operations in 1978 in the basement of a Grand Junction Presbyterian Church. Over the course of 40+ years, the locations and partnerships have changed, expanded and evolved, but the core mission has remained the same throughout the years: to provide emergency food boxes to any and all hungry Mesa County individuals and families, without exclusion, while maintaining or enhancing client dignity.

The Emergency Food Program effort is the primary program of Community Food Bank. Using a just-in-time order process, the Emergency Food Program provides nutritious food items, assembled upon request and based on the size of the family. Any current resident of Mesa County is eligible to receive a food box. Clients may receive up to nine food boxes per year (twelve if over age 60). Residents of Mesa County are eligible to access the centrally located site of Community Food Bank all weekdays (except Wednesday) during the hours of operation listed at the bottom of this page.

In the over 40 years since the Community Food Bank first responded to the need for emergency food with a box of shelf-staple grocery items, many programs to distribute food or offer prepared meals to feed the hungry have begun. The Community Food Bank remains the only program to provide unrestricted access to food 52 weeks per year. No one is turned away. Without the Community Food Bank the patchwork quilt of local food pantries would be rapidly depleted and the hungry working poor families of Mesa County would find themselves chasing food from elusive sources.

The mission of the Community Food Bank is to provide an emergency supply of nutritious food to Mesa County individuals and families in crisis.