In 1986, concerned members and church leaders of our town came together to try and address the issue of hunger and other unmet needs of some of our neighbors in our mountain community of Nederland, Colorado.
In the true spirit of community, the Nederland Presbyterian Community Church offered a room for weekly food distribution and St. Rita’s Catholic Church provided space for storage of back stock. For the next 25 years, while very grateful for the spaces provided, the volunteers faced the arduous tasks involved in the weekly set up/take down necessary for food distribution.
In 2012, the Town of Nederland offered the newly renamed Nederland Food Pantry space in the west wing of the Nederland Community Center. Our new space also afforded us the opportunity to revitalize the adjoining breezeway behind our room and transform it into a garden
– a garden that now helps us to provide our clients with fresh produce and herbs. From this humble beginning the Pantry’s gardens have grown to include plots all around the West Wing and an additional 20 plots along the creek available to our participants and community members. The Pantry offers periodical seminars related to growing in the mountains.
During and after the “100 Year Flood” in 2013, we partnered with the Town to be on the front line in providing emergency shelter/food, social services and emergency relief information for those affected in our mountain community. As a result of this experience and its’ lingering effects, we expanded our services to our neighbors through out the Peak-to-Peak mountain area. During the Cold Springs Fire of 2016, The Pantry was on the forefront in the set up and continuous operation of the area Emergency Evacuation Center. Pantry volunteers not only provided food, snack, drinks and toiletries, but also offered information and comfort to our community evacuees. As a result of the fire, the Pantry and Town partnered to create, stock, organize and maintain the Emergency/Resilience Room located in the Community Center.
As an anchor organization in the Peak-to-Peak Housing and Human Services Alliance, the Pantry’s participation has helped us to be able to offer the on- site presence of Boulder County Social Services representatives, a representative fro EFAA and local interns from Peak to Peak counseling during the Pantry’s hours of operation on the last Thursday of each month. These representatives are available to any Community member.
Chris Current, our Executive Director has been the driving force behind our Pantry since its inception. Chris, along with many dedicated volunteers, has worked to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of our Nederland Food Pantry.
Our Mission and Goal
Our mission is to relieve hunger and provide basic needs support to the Peak-to-Peak Community in a respective and compassionate manner.
Our goal is to continue to focus on building collaborations and partnerships to ensure our clients and our community continue to receive needed services.
The Nederland Food Pantry and Clothing Closet:
- Relies on the generosity of our individual donors and sponsors
- Seeks assistance from agencies, foundations and organizations
- Solicits donations from businesses
If Everyone Gives A Little – Everyone Can Eat!
Chris Current, the Pantry’s current Executive Director who, along with many other committed community members over the years, has remained the driving force behind our organization since its inception. The Pantry now has a working Board of Directors and some 25 dedicated volunteers who work together to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of our Nederland Food Pantry.
What Else Does Your Pantry Do?
For over 32 years, the Pantry as served as the “human services hub” for our Peak-to-Peak Community.
Since 1986, the Pantry has partnered to provide Thanksgiving boxes to members of our community. This event is now part of our Health and Human Services Fair held each fall. Our distribution of Holiday boxes now includes clothing and toys.
In 2013, we were asked to be the anchor agency of the newly formed Peak-to-Peak Housing and Human Services Task Force. The Pantry has been a driving force in the development of essential partnerships and collaborations necessary to meeting the needs of everyone in our Peak-to-Peak Community. Now an independent organization, the newly renamed Peak-to-Peak Alliance continues to expand its resource base for our community to meet our growing needs.
During the 100 Year Flood in 2013 and the Cold Springs Fire of 2016, the Pantry was on the forefront in the set up and the on-going operations of the Emergency Evacuation Centers. Our Volunteers offered food, drinks, toiletries, information and most important, comfort to our neighbors. As a result of these disasters, the Alliance partnered with the Town and Pantry to create an Emergency/Resilience Room in our Community Center. Food, water, toiletries, bedding and more are stored here in preparation for a future event.
Working with the Alliance the Pantry now provides the opportunity for on-site, face-to-face meetings with representatives of the Boulder County Housing and Human Services, interns from Peak to Peak Counseling and our own mountain EFFA representative. Representatives are available the last Thursday of each month during the Pantry’s hours of operation for all community members.
Expansion of our gardens and the inclusion of the Community Gardens will provide us the opportunity to have our Community participate in year-round gardening workshops, increase the awareness of the importance of healthy nutrition, increase community access to a wide variety organically grown produce while expanding social interaction among our neighbors.
Your continued support will ensure the continued growth and sustainability of our Pantry.
Distributions during COVID. WE are distributing in the community center parking lot as drive thru every Sat morning from 10-12.
WE are supporting pop up pantries in Ward, Jamestown, Left Hand, Bar K,(on Sat.) Gold Hill, and Four Mile(on Weds.).
Both the Pantry and Closet will gratefully accept your donations during our hours of operation. Please do not leave any donations outside our doors as this is considered to be illegal “dumping”.
If donating food, please remember to check the date of expiration on each item. In keeping with the Public Health regulations, we are unable to use or accept any items, which have been opened or repackaged.
The Closet accepts ONLY clean and gently used clothing, footwear and outerwear. Please take any other items to your favorite charity