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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!

Pantry

Help Tri-Lakes Cares with our Fall Harvest.

Pantry Needs Personal Hygiene
Canned:
Fruit
Vegetables
Meats
Shampoo
Conditioner
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste

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 300 to 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.

Current Snack Pack Needs: All single serve items
Cheese and/or Peanut Butter Crackers
Pretzels
Pudding Cups
Single Serve Cereal Boxes

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!)

Holiday Food Baskets

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

Thank you to everyone in the community who donated to this program in 2018!

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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