Back in the late 1980s, a group of people, many from Zion Lutheran Church in Wellington, became aware of a need in the community and decided to do something about it. Thus, the Wellington Food Bank was born, providing vital help to those in need. Soon, a partnership was formed with the Food Bank for Larimer County, which continues to this day.

For many decades, the Food Bank has served as a means through which the people of Wellington have cared for one another. All the churches of the community have been supportive, with the Wellington Community Church providing a home for the ministry for around twenty years and River of Life has graciously provided a temporary home.

But now a new and permanent home for the Wellington Food Bank is needed.

The Wellington Food Bank has, since its inception, been run by a long list of wonderful volunteers from throughout the area. Other individuals and organizations have supported the Food Bank, including the schools, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, Scouts, 4-H, and many more. And for a long time, Ridley’s Market has been very generous in their support. All of this has proven Wellington to be a community that cares!

As the town has expanded in the last two decades, so has the importance of the Wellington Food Bank. Fifteen years ago, a dozen or so families would come to pick up food. Now the Food Bank averages 70-80 families receiving food each time it is open. Around the holidays, over 120 families are served.

A new home for what will be known as the “Wellington Food & Clothing Pantry” will make it possible to help what is expected to be at least double the number of food-insecure families receiving assistance. Expanded hours and accessibility will be made possible at the Community Services Center.

You can help bring the new, permanent home for the Wellington Food Bank to fruition by volunteering or donating to the Wellington Community Services Center.