Community Food Share prepares for annual Let’s Bag Hunger Fund and Food Drive

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Community Food Share is hosting its annual Let’s Bag Hunger Fund and Food Drive virtually this weekend with a goal of raising enough funds and food to provide 150,000 meals to the Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Community Food Share is a food bank that provides access to fresh, nutritious foods through more than 40 local partners, said Julia McGee, director of communications for the organization. The event is scheduled Friday through Sunday and will help stock the shelves of the food bank and nonprofits.

Let’s Bag Hunger is in its 37th year and was founded by the Daily Camera in 1985. This year, the event will occur Saturday, the 40th anniversary of the day Community Food Share was founded.

“Because it overlaps with Let’s Bag Hunger, the event is an excellent way for neighbors to celebrate 40 years of serving our community together,” McGee said in an email.

McGee said this is the second year the event will be hosted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous years, the event followed an in-person model where volunteers and staff members were stationed at the entrances of King Soopers to collect donations.

Participants can donate to the food drive online at or they can call Community Food Share’s main office during business hours at 303-652-3663. Donations also will be matched up to $15,000 from King Soopers and Premier Members Credit Union.

Nonperishable food items also can be donated in-person through 4:30 p.m. Friday at the facility at 650 S. Taylor Ave. in Louisville.

Community Food Share also offers a way for participants to host their own fund and food drive to gather more support for the Let’s Bag Hunger event. McGee said information about hosting a virtual or traditional fund and food drive or starting a Facebook Fundraiser is available on the event’s website.

Volunteer Pam Tazik said the food drive is a mechanism that helps provide necessary food items to Community Food Share to be distributed to people in need.

“There’s been an ever-growing need in our communities for good, healthy food for families,” Tazik said. “We have a lot of people in need and, of course, the pandemic made that even worse. The need became greater.”

Tazik said the goal of Let’s Bag Hunger is to collect enough food or funds to purchase food that can help supply Community Food Share for a long period of time. Tazik also has volunteered for other events and programs through Community Food Share and has noticed how appreciative people are to obtain food resources.

McGee said Community Food Share believes everybody should have the food they need to thrive and celebrate in the upcoming season.

“The holidays are coming up, and they are a time for optimism and hope, especially in years like this one and 2020,” McGee said. “The timing of this event has always been intentional because it provides a boost in giving that helps ensure we are stocked with the foods our participants and our partners need as we enter the holiday season.”

Community members in need of food can visit the food bank’s website for information about locating food and programs through Community Food Share and its partners.

Partner agencies include Broomfield FISH, Emergency Family Assistance Association, Sister Carmen Community Center and others.

McGee said Community Food Share has a large variety of organizations that rely on the food bank while providing essential services for the community, including housing, health care, education, youth programs and others.