Dear Nederland Pantry Donor,

First, we want to thank you for your support of the Nederland Food Pantry over the years. We could not do what we do without our financial supporters who understand that a community is only as great as its treatment of its most vulnerable population — which in Nederland include our many essential workers and young families.

When the Covid-19 pandemic began the pantry stepped up and found food for, and fed, double the usual number of people for 9 months. In developing the processes to fill boxes and distribute them contactless, and including support for the communities of Ward, Gold Hill, Jamestown, and Wondervu to meet the increase in their communities with food and infrastructure money, the Pantry’s commitment to its mission never changed.

To relieve hunger and provide basic needs and support to the Peak to Peak Community in a respectful and compassionate manner.

As we approach 2021 it is obvious that government agencies, while waiting for their recovery funds, are not providing the usual financial support so the Pantry’s financial needs in the next six to nine months are significant. The Pantry needs to be prepared to continue to work to keep our community fed, housed, and working, and will have to help fill in the gaps when it’s just one utility bill, car repair, a warm hat or milk for cereal.

This next year will be critical and determine how the Pantry comes out of the pandemic. Our need will be cash for food, gap assistance and to help build capacity in preparation for strategic planning, fundraising and managing additional work.

Timeline and Nederland Food Pantry events

2019 and pre-Covid-19

  • Served 50-60 households each week during 6 distribution days every month

2020 and the height of Covid-19

  • Set up boxes and served 85+/week during once-a-week box distribution set up outside to meet requirements due to Covid.
  • Hired staff to meet the increased work load of picking up and delivering food, and to help with increased administrative task.
  • Supported popup pantries with food and infrastructure in Jamestown, Ward, Gold Hill
  • 15,000 individuals were served
  • 165,000lbs of food was distributed
  • 185 households a week were served between March and December alone
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for all the pantries
  • Purchased an air filtration system for the Nederland pantry to keep the volunteers safe
  • Purchased tables and refrigeration to improve food storage and production space, and spent a lot of money and time on cleaning and cleaning products.
  • Activated in its Emergency Services role twice for the Calwood and Lefthand fires, assisting with housing, food and other services as people were evacuated
  • Due to the Pandemic the Pantry was forced to cancel its annual and largest fundraiser.

2021 and going forward

  • The idea of returning to “normal” or pre-covid standards seems unrealistic at this time.
  • Covid related donations and grant funding did not continue in 2021.
  • Added the community of Wondervu to the list of supported community pantries
  • 140 households a week are being served over all the pantries and is remaining steady.
  • The Pantry picked up Boulder Valley School District’s ‘kid bag’ program when it ended for the summer, continuing to supply food every week to 25 kids in 14 households.
  • The availability of food from agencies dropped off with supply chain issues and funding decreases forcing the Pantry to purchase food they had been getting for free.
  • Food costs are increasing every month.
  • The Pantry has operated well from its current space, but the increase in needs from the pandemic, while subsiding will not go back to pre-pandemic levels, and the challenges continuing to work in the current space without water and heat, need to be addressed.
  • Executive Director Chris Current is planning to retire

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!

We hope that you will be able to help us this year again, or if you haven’t donated in a few years, be able to give this year. The need is greater than ever and we know we can count on our community to see the value in supporting the Pantry and their operations as a way to support this amazing community.

MATCHING DONATION & COLORADO GIVES DAY

You can schedule a donation during the Colorado Gives Day Campaign and take advantage of a very generous match. The Hoyl Family Fund has pledged $20,000 and will match dollar for dollar the money raised on CoGives Day, December 7.

CoGives Day is a statewide initiative to encourage and give residents of Colorado and easy way to donate to their favorite charities by going to www.coloradogives.org/NederlandFoodPantry and scheduling your online donation anytime on or before December 7, 2021.

END OF YEAR GIVING

If you are not able to give online during the Colorado Gives Day, you may also donate by sending a check to PO Box 154, Nederland CO 80466.

If Everyone Gives A Little – Everyone Can Thrive!