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Where does the food you donate to 9Cares Colorado Shares 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.

The 9Cares Colorado Shares is coming up. It's an opportunity to help those in our community who struggle with having enough food for their families.

One of the questions we get the most each year leading up to the drive is where, specifically, the food and cash donations collected during the drive actually go.

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"There are about 100 agencies that all get the 9Cares food," Janie Gianotsos, director of marketing and community relations at Food Bank of the Rockies, explained. "It stays local in the metro area."

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

"They are given boxes based on how many families that they serve and then they take it back to their pantry and they're able to distribute that to those families," Gianotsos said. "All of the food is going to get distributed very very quickly, probably within a few weeks. It'll be in the homes of families that need it."

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.

The 9Cares Colorado Shares summer food drive is on Saturday, June 9 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Find more information, including locations, here: https://on9news.tv/2HoYy47.