Supporting the Gilpin Food Bank and food drive – The Mountain-EarSupporting the Gilpin Food Bank and food drive – The Mountain-Ear

Skylar Webb, Gilpin County. The Gilpin County Food Bank, located at the Department of Human Services in the Justice Center, is a way to help people in need of food. 

Every Thursday, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., a box of food can be loaded into your car by the volunteers, full of prepackaged food that was put together the night before. Fresh and freezer/refrigerator items are added right before it is brought out to your car. The boxes always include a variety of different foods aimed to help a household survive when a little help is needed.  

Every other Thursday, the food bank workers and volunteers also pack school lunches for the families with children. When you drive through, the Foodbank volunteers and workers will load up the number of lunches that correlates with the number of children in your household, in addition to the original weekly box. They even have dog and cat food that can be given to people with pets. 

According to Jennifer Josselyn, the Food Bank Facilitator, need for the food bank has risen by 600% since the start of the pandemic in March. Anyone who wants to volunteer their time to help the food bank can contact Jennifer at 303-582-5444, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email at 

Because of the increase in the need for help in our community, long-time Gilpin Food Bank volunteer, Roxy Goss, is organizing a big food drive. On October 25, 2020, the food drive will be hosted at the Department of Human Services from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. Roxy has been helping with the food bank for over ten years. 

The need for the food bank has gone up so much since the pandemic started, making sure there is enough food for everyone who shows up is important. To help out our neighbors, please bring non-perishable and unexpired goods to the food drive. Masked volunteers will be available to take the donations from your car, The best types of donations to bring are foods like muffin mix, vegetables, tuna, jelly, mac-n-cheese, box dinners, and even toiletries since they have gotten harder to come by. Roxy says, “If it is something YOU would like to receive in a box of goods, it is good to donate.” Any donation will help!

To contact Roxy Goss about the food drive call 303-642-3677 or 303-912-7492. 

(Originally published in the October 22, 2020, edition of The Mountain-Ear.)

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