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!

Donation drop-off hours

Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm on the west side of our building at our receiving area


Help us continue to serve the community during the coronavirus pandemic: (Updated 7/23/20)

Pantry Needs Household Items
Flour Dish Soap
Sugar (smaller sized bags) Tin Foil
Cooking Oil Toilet Paper
Peaches Paper Towels
Green Peas
Ground Coffee

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

Although schools are currently closed, Tri-Lakes Cares is still providing snack packs to families with children on distribution days. Right now we are fortunate to have a surplus of snacks in our pantry to meet the need, but they will go fast once school re-opens.

You can also make a online, secure financial donation to support the future needs of the Snack Pack program – make a notation in the comments section on the form saying you want your donation to support the snack pack program.

Ongoing Snack Pack Needs: All single serve items (Updated 7/6/2020)
Pudding Cups
Fruit snacks
Sun chips
Trail  mix packs
Goldfish packets

Buy It Forward

Here’s an easy way to support TLC’s Pantry!

TLC’s Buy It Forward program is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

One weekend each month, Tri-Lakes Cares partners with the King Soopers on Baptist Road to host a “Buy It Forward” table.

Beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday and lasting through Sunday evening (or until all the bags are sold), pre-packed bags of 3 to 5 items and usually costing between $5 to $8 per bag are available for purchase.

Pick up one of the pre-packed bags as you enter King Soopers, do your shopping, and then pay for the pre-packed bag when you check out. Keep part of the receipt for tax purposes and drop the pre-packed bag off at the designated area. Volunteers deliver the bags to TLC on Monday morning and the donated food supports TLC’s food insecurity programs.

It’s that easy – you get your shopping done and you help stock TLC’s 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

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

Thank you to everyone in the community who donated to this valuable program in 2019!

Donation drop-off hours

Due to changes in staffing at TLC during COVID-19, please call (719) 481-4864
to determine when a staff member is on-site to receive donations.


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