Donate Food

Each year, groups such as companies, schools, clubs, faith groups, and organizations of all backgrounds volunteer to collect food and household items to Sister Carmen. We couldn’t serve our community without them—and you!

With your generous donations of food and household items, we hope to keep our shelves stocked for everyone in our community, especially those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“I was given food. Real food. Food the children would eat and food I could actually make.”
– Cynthia, SCCC Participant

Holiday Items:

  • Bagged Stuffing
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Pie Fillings: pumpkin, cherry, apple
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes or Yams
  • Gravy Mixes
  • Chicken Broth/Bouillon
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Masa Harina
  • Corn Husks/Hojas
  • Tortillas: corn and flour
  • Dried Pinto Beans
  • White Rice
  • Pozole/Hominy: dried or canned

Regularly Needed Items:

  • Fruit: canned, applesauce
  • Protein: canned chicken, pinto or white beans
  • Canned Soups & Stews
  • Nut Butters: peanut, almond, soy, etc.
  • Grains: rice, flour, gluten-free items, pastas
  • Canned Tomatoes: diced, whole, paste, stewed, spaghetti sauce
  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Household items: dish & laundry soap, trash bags, paper towels, pain relievers, vitamins
  • Baby Items: formula, newborn & size 1 diapers

Upcoming Collection Events:

We don’t have any upcoming collection events right now, but you can always drop off items from our most-needed list at our food bank dock M-F 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Our ongoing collection events make it easy for you or your group to donate! It’s easy:

  • Register:  Only one person from your group needs to fill out the online registration form.
  • Start collecting:  Collect items from our most-needed list! To start collecting, brainstorm some ways to make your food drive a success with your group.
  • Drop off your donations at our Food Bank by entering at the south parking lot entrance and following the cones. To maintain social distancing standards, please wear a mask and pop your trunk when you come to a stop. Our staff and volunteers will wear masks and unload your items from your car. Contact alex@sistercarmen.org for more info.

Have a friendly VIRTUAL competition between teams: perfect for a company with multiple departments, kids groups, or even blocks in a neighborhood competing against each other… have a competition to see which team donates the most items, or mix it up and have each team participate in a different competition! Some competition examples:

  • Can Sculptures: have team members bring in items to create design structures out of canned goods. Next, put it to a vote by selecting a group of judges or asking members to vote on their favorite structure by donating a nonperishable item towards that structure.
  • Pie the Principal: ask the boss, a teacher, principal, or other team member to pledge to do something embarrassing (such as get “pied,” sing a karaoke song on Zoom, or take a picture in a silly outfit, etc.) if their team collects the most amount of items. Your team could also do the reverse: if they collect the least amount of items, they have to get pied, sing karaoke, etc.

Offer rewards or incentives: boost donations by entering donors in a raffle. Prizes might include gift certificates to local restaurants, PTO, or a future celebration. Or, incentivize employees to bring in X number of donation items to earn a reward such as a gift card.

Focus on one section of our food bank each day of the week: have your team collect items for one section of our food bank every day for a week: Meatless Monday (high protein items such as nut butters, etc.), Tuna Tuesday, Whole Grain Wednesday, Tomato Pasta Sauce Thursday, and Fruit Friday.

Grocery Equivalent: take the amount of money it would cost you to buy groceries for one month and use it to purchase food to donate. Saving money by not going out much this summer? Pay It Forward by using those $ for food.

Get the whole neighborhood involved: post signs and flyers around the neighborhood or on doors. Share on Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor that you’re hosting a drive. Ask neighbors to drop off at a time and place that’s convenient for you and offer to deliver the donations to Sister Carmen Community Center! Or just encourage them to swing by themselves during our next collection event.

Make it kid friendly: have kids make signs, posters, art and put them in your windows, lawn, or around town asking for support and food for Sister Carmen Community Center. They can even help build the Can Sculptures!

Will my group receive a collection bin?
To help reduce transportation costs, please use your own boxes or containers for collection (dress them up with posters, wrapping paper, bows, etc.!) and drop off donations at the end of the drive.

Will SCCC pick up the food my team collects?
If your team collects 250+ items, Sister Carmen can pick up your donations. Please call (303) 665-4342 to schedule a pickup. Otherwise, please drop off your items during one of our collection events, or Mon—Fri, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM.

Can I bring items that aren’t on the most-needed items list?
Yes! Other non-perishable food and household items are accepted as long as they are not expired and have not been opened.

How should my group spread the word about the food drive?
Share our Facebook and Instagram posts about the event!

Can I collect monetary donations in addition to food?
Yes! To give securely online, visit our giving portal at ColoradoGives.org/SisterCarmen. Please write “Community Food Drive” in the Special Instructions section.

What is a realistic goal for my group?
Generally, a good estimate is for 5-10 items to be donated per person. This takes into account some that may donate more and others who may choose not to give at all. A good goal might also be to pledge 1-2 items per group member. Your team could also consider a goal to “Support a Shelf” in our food bank. Set a goal to fill a section of our food bank for one day, one week, or one month. Contact alex@sistercarmen.org for more details.

Join our team of Food Bank volunteers!

Link to Sister Carmen's Amazon Wish ListDon’t have time for a food drive?
You can purchase items we need for our Food Bank through our Amazon Wish List.
All items are shipped directly to SCCC.

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