Cornerstone Food Bank has served the disadvantaged in the south metro Denver area since 2002, seeking to reduce hunger in the area by providing foods for overlooked and underfed families and individuals in a personal, caring environment.
Cornerstone Food Bank’s philosophy is that if someone needs help enough to ask, we are there to offer it. Help is given on the basis of need alone. Cornerstone does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or any other criteria.
Cornerstone Food Bank contributes to improved community health and welfare by providing clients with the ingredients for nutritious meals which lead to better health. We enable low income elderly to continue to live independently. We help those who are homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless) to work towards achieving stability and economic self-sufficiency. By providing nourishing food, we promote good nutrition as a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. In addition, we strive to assist people in need with resources and referrals to assist them to be self-sufficient.
Hunger Relief Program
Cornerstone provides food to about 80 households each week, thus giving families peace of mind that meals are available so they won’t have to face the difficult and demoralizing choice of providing food or providing medicine, heat, or shelter for their families. The box of food usually contains fresh bread, canned goods (soup, vegetables, fruit, canned fish or meat), pasta, fresh produce (seasonal), cereal, dairy products (often yogurt, cottage cheese and/or milk), kid-friendly snack items (fruit rollups, peanut butter, cookies or crackers), a dessert item and sometimes eggs, fruit juice or meat.
What we are able to provide depends on weekly in-kind food donations from our community partners as well as cash contributions used to purchase food. Cornerstone has never charged a fee to anyone requesting assistance. Other than providing the premises for our organization, the church where we operate does not directly participate in Cornerstone’s activities. There are no religious overtones to the food bank operations itself. There is no proselytizing and there is no requirement to attend a church service in order to receive food.
Cornerstone Food Bank offers a vital service in our community which is not otherwise being provided in the vicinity. In addition to supplying food, Cornerstone functions as a community outreach center assisting people in need by providing them with referrals to help them become self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty by:
- Attaining proficiency in English
- Completing their GED
- Enrolling in job training programs
- Securing government benefits
- Obtaining counseling
- Getting medical and dental care
- Applying for assistance with rent, utilities and furnishing an apartment
- Submitting job applications
We provide personal attention while honoring the dignity of individual clients as we gain insight into their particular situations in order to offer referrals for appropriate services available in the community.
No Documents Required
Cornerstone Food Bank does not have residency requirements for clients to receive food and no documents are needed, but clients are asked to provide a valid address and names and birth dates for all members of the household at the time of their first visit. This data is used to generate usage statistics for our stakeholders, including those who help fund our operations; it is never given to outside parties and individual clients remain anonymous.