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Food Assistance

Tri-Lakes Cares was originally founded as a food pantry and our food programs continue to be the cornerstone of what we do. For more information about each of out programs, please click on the tabs below.

For information on how to donate to the food pantry, please visit our donate page.

Holiday Food Sign-Ups Have Begun!

Tri-Lakes Cares will be distributing holiday to clients for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holiday food includes a turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables, a dessert, and other holiday foods. Thanksgiving distribution will be Saturday, November 21st and Christmas distribution will be Saturday, December 19th.

The sign-up window is October 5th until November 5th. Before signing up, please contact your Case Manager to update enrollment information if necessary. If an update is required, your Case Manager will give you a list of documents needed for the update process. Once you complete the update, you can sign up to participate in TLC’s Holiday Food programs.

Sign Up for Holiday Food Here  

For information about Giving Tree, go here.

Did your children participate in the Snack Pack Program this school year?

We would appreciate your feedback. Please take a few minutes to complete this short, anonymous survey: Snack Pack Survey

Help Yourself


Fresh produce and other grocery items are donated by Care and Share and many other local food providers to include (such as Safeway, King Soopers, Kum & Go, 7-11, Kneaders and Panera Bread), and are distributed based on the number of people in the household. Food can be picked up once a day per household, every Monday and Thursday. Items may include dairy products, eggs and bread when donated.

During the summer months, we also may have fresh produce available from local gardeners who share their extra produce from their gardens.

TLC’s “Help Yourself Market” is currently closed as part of TLC’s response to the coronavirus. Please visit TLC’s coronavirus page for more information about our current grocery services.

Supplemental Groceries

Eligible clients may receive a week’s worth of groceries (food and sundries) during a crisis situation in order to help subsidize their grocery shopping and which then can free up income to be used for other household expenses.

Groceries may include:
Food (canned or boxed)
Frozen meat (when available)

Laundry detergent
Paper products like t
oilet paper, paper towels, tissue, etc.

Hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, dental items

Please contact a Case Manager for more information about Supplemental Groceries:

Last names A-L: Email Rachael Collins at casemanager@tri-lakescares.org or 719-481-4864 x102

Last names M-Z: Email Joseph Figueroa at josephf@tri-lakescares.org or 719-481-4864 x112

For New Client Inquiries:  Email Jessica Nahapetian at msw@tri-lakescares.org or 719-481-4864 x117

Snack Pack

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Volunteers prepare Snack Packs for delivery to local schools

The “Snack Pack” program is a weekend supplemental food program available for children (Pre-K to High School) who are on the free and/or reduced meal plans in our local schools. Talk to your school counselor about eligibility for this program.

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Manager: CommunityEngagementManager@Tri-LakesCares.org or 719-481-4864 x111

Free Summer Meals for Kids

Every summer, hundreds of community sites across Colorado offer nutritious meals at no cost to children and teens. Many summer food sites also offer engaging activities to ensure kids have fun while also getting needed nutrition.

Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using the online, interactive map at KidsFoodFinder – click on “Find Sites”, enter your zip code and the ten closest locations will be displayed. You can also call Hunger Free Colorado’s statewide food resource hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626. Share this information with others in our community, so more Colorado kids can access healthy meals when school is not  in session!

The statewide summer food program is supported by the USDA, Colorado Department of Education, Hunger Free Colorado and many sponsors and sites across the state.