COLORADO, USA — For 37 years, 9Cares Colorado Shares has been the region’s largest single-day food drive, collecting food for more than 100 Colorado food banks.

The annual 9Cares Colorado Shares summer food drive was held on Saturday. 

The event took place at the 9NEWS studios off Logan Street and Speer Boulevard. Many 9NEWS employees volunteered their time to collect donations. 

More than 1 in 10 people struggle with hunger and face times when there is not enough money to buy food. Many will turn to food banks to help bridge the gap in hunger.

Collected food and toiletry donations will be given to more than 125 food banks in metro Denver and along the Front Range from Fort Collins to Castle Rock. Our partner, Food Bank of the Rockies, will coordinate the food distribution.

We also collected clothing. 

If you missed the food drive, you can still donate online! 

RELATED | Donate to 9Cares Colorado Shares online

9Cares Colorado Shares summer food drive on Saturday
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Where can I donate? 

The main collection took place at 9NEWS' studios at 500 East Speer Boulevard in Denver from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

There are also remote donation locations throughout Colorado:

  • Boulder
    King Soopers: 1650 30th Street
    King Soopers: 6550 Lookout Road

  • Brighton
    King Soopers: 100 N 50th Ave
    King Soopers: 500 E Bromley Lane

  • Buena Vista
    City Market: 438 US Highway 24 N

  • Castle Pines
    King Soopers: 7284 Lagae Road

  • Castle Rock
    King Soopers: 5544 Promenade Pkwy
    King Soopers: 750 N Ridge Road

  • Centennial
    King Soopers: 8200 Holly

  • Commerce City
    King Soopers: 15051 E 104th Ave

  • Conifer
    King Soopers: 25637 Conifer Road

  • Erie
    King Soopers: 1891 CO-7

  • Evergreen
    King Soopers: 1173 Bergen Pkwy

  • Firestone
    King Soopers: 6110 Firestone Blvd

  • Granby
    City Market: 1001 Thompson Road

  • Greeley
    King Soopers: 6922 W 10th Street
    King Soopers: 2712 11th Ave
    King Soopers: 2100 35th Ave

  • Highlands Ranch
    King Soopers: 8673 S Quebec

  • Longmont
    King Soopers: 995 S. Hover Street
    King Soopers: 1611 Pace Street
    King Soopers: 2255 N Main Street

  • Loveland
    King Soopers: 253 E 29th Street

  • Parker
    King Soopers: 19105 Longs Way
    King Soopers: 17761 Cottonwood Drive
    King Soopers: 17031 Lincoln Ave
    King Soopers: 12959 S Parker Road

  • Windsor
    King Soopers: 1520 Main Street

You can also donate to 9Cares Colorado Shares online.

If you are not able to make it out to the drive, King Soopers will be selling 9Cares Colorado Shares donation boxes throughout the month of June.

Boxes are either $5 or $10 and will be available at all metro area and northern Colorado stores.

9Cares colorado shares king soopers donation box
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RELATED | Donate to 9Cares Colorado Shares online

What kind of food is needed?

Any non-perishable food is appreciated; however, food banks prefer foods high in protein. Those include peanut butter, tuna fish, and dry beans. They also always need soups and stews, mac-and-cheese, hot cereals, oatmeal, canned fruit and vegetables and baby formula with iron.

Food banks also need toiletry items such as diapers, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

RELATED | Tips for selecting healthy donations for 9Cares Colorado Shares

What else can I donate? 

Clothing and other household items. These donations will go to ARC Thrift Stores. Profits from the sale of items sent to ARC will help individuals with disabilities.

9Cares Colorado Shares also accepts cash or check donations on the day of the drive at all 9Cares sites.

Where do my donations go?

Food and toiletry donations are given to more than 100 food banks in metro Denver and along the Front Range from Fort Collins to Castle Rock.

Food Bank of the Rockies collects the food and then distributes to those agencies.

Food Bank of the Rockies also uses cash donation to purchase food to distribute.

Because of their partnerships with many local companies, each dollar collected is used to purchase four meals or five pounds of food. This money is also be used to buy food that cannot be collected at the drive, like fresh produce.

Who am I helping? 

Nearly one in ten Coloradans struggle to get enough to eat, according to Hunger Free Colorado.

Most patrons of food banks are low-wage workers, children or seniors on fixed incomes. Just $1 can provide 4 meals for hungry people in your local community.

9Cares Colorado Shares June 2019
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