Current Pantry Needs

Our Pantry always needs non-perishable food and sundries, and we are very grateful to receive your donations. Check out the various ways you can support our food programs!

Holiday Food Baskets

Every year, Tri-Lakes Cares provides holiday food baskets to our eligible clients at Thanksgiving and at Christmas.

These are the items needed for this year’s Christmas holiday food baskets.

Mashed Potato Mix
Rice Sides
Cornbread Mix
Cranberry Sauce
Hot Chocolate Mix
Apple Cider Mix


These are our current needs for the Pantry

Personal Hygiene
Paper Goods/Cleaning Products
Canned Fruit Shampoo Toilet Paper
Cereal & Oatmeal Conditioner Laundry detergent
Canned tomato products Toothbrushes Dishwashing Liquid
Rice (no large/family sizes) Toothpaste All purpose household cleaners
Pasta & Spaghetti Razors
Peanut Butter Deodorant
Canned Chicken Bar soap
Canned Tuna Feminine Hygiene Products
Flour (5 lbs or smaller) Baby Diapers
Almond Milk Baby Wipes
Coconut Milk
  • Why non-food items? Because, these are things that cannot be purchased with food stamps and in order to stay healthy, individuals and families need these items too.

You can also make a online, secure financial donation, and select “Pantry” from the drop-down menu.

Snack Packs

During the school year, Tri-Lakes Cares partners with local schools to provide snacks to children over the weekends, who are on the free and/or reduced meal plans. Currently, we are providing snacks to approximately 400 children on a weekly basis.

These are the items which are most needed to fulfill these needs. If donating, please make sure the items are all single serve packs. You can also make a online, secure financial donation, and select “Snack Pack program” from the drop-down menu.

Snack Pack: All single serve items
Applesauce cups
Fruit cups (packed in juice or water)
Veggie straws
Granola bars
Cheese and/or Peanut Butter crackers
Pudding Cups
Single serving cereal boxes
Fruit snacks
Sun chips
TrailĀ  mix packs
Goldfish packets

Buy It Forward

Here’s an easy way to support our Pantry!

On the first weekend of every month (unless there is a holiday, and then it is on the second weekend), King Soopers on Baptist Road hosts our “Buy It Forward” table.

Beginning at 12 Noon on Friday through Sunday evening (or until all the bags are sold), pre-packed bags of 3 to 5 items and usually costing less than $6.00 per bag are available.

You pick up one of the bags as you enter, do your shopping and at check out pay for the bag. Keep part of the receipt for tax purposes and drop the bag off at the designated area. Volunteers then deliver the bags to our pantry on Monday morning.

It’s that easy – you get your shopping done and you help stock our shelves as well!


Summer Gardens

Are you a home gardener? Do you always plant more than you can use? If so, we are more than happy to accept your donations of excess home-grown produce for our “Help Yourself” market. (Now you don’t have to sneak that extra zucchini to your neighbor’s porch!)

Donation drop-off hours
Monday & Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Please call 719-481-4864, x 111 to arrange for donation drop-offs outside of these hours.

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