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.