Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado (Colorado Springs, CO)


  • Name:Mandy Strasser
  • Title:Resource Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
  • Address:2605 Preamble Point
    Colorado Springs, CO 80915
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:719-434-4674
  • Main fax:719-528-5833

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  • Mission:
  • Care and Share Food Bank is the only food bank serving all of Southern Colorado, which includes 31 counties and covers 52,000 square miles. We are one of five food banks in the state working to alleviate food insecurity (food insecurity means not knowing how long the food you have will last and how you will replenish the supply once it runs out) in all 64 Colorado counties. During our last fiscal year, we distributed nearly 19 million pounds of food—the equivalent of more than 15.5 million meals. The food we distribute stocks the shelves of nearly 350 partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters.

    At Care and Share Food Bank, our core purpose is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance. Our mission is to provide food, partnering opportunities, and education to combat hunger and food insecurity in Southern Colorado communities. Our vision is an end to hunger in Southern Colorado.

  • Overview:
  • We work to alleviate food insecurity through the following programs:
    Children's Nutrition Initiative-We are the only organization in our service area providing direct distribution of food to children after school, during the weekend, and throughout the summer when school food is not available.

    Care and Share augments the federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP), which provides nonperishable food items to low-income seniors, with more healthy food, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Care and Share administers CFSP and works with local senior agencies to ensure that seniors have access to the nutritious food they desperately need to stay healthy and independent.

    Mobile Food Pantries travel to low-income neighborhoods in rural counties to distribute food directly to people in need where human service agencies are too small to accommodate large quantities of food or where no agencies exist.

    Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters™ empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. Classes are available in English and Spanish in El Paso, Fremont, and Pueblo counties.

    Care and Share participates in The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which helps us deliver surplus commodities such as cheese, dairy products and cereal to people who qualify for this federal program throughout our service area.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach and Application Assistance-The Southern Colorado SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) Outreach program is designed to increase the level of information and assistance available to individuals interested in applying for SNAP benefits.

    Our 50,000 square foot warehouse is LEED Silver certified through the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility's green construction reduces our long-term utility costs, incorporates sustainable practices, and provides employees with a healthy workplace. Through managed recycling efforts and partnerships with local farms and a waste reuse company, we have minimal waste from our facility and food distribution through our Zero Waste program. Expired food is used to feed livestock at local farms and all waste from packaging and shipping is recycled. These efforts have decreased overall waste as a percentage of inventory to 0.46%. We also bail cardboard and recycle shrink wrap from our products. This generates revenue for Care and Share because we receive a portion of the proceeds from the recycled materials.

    Our Community Kitchen, completed late in 2012, serves many purposes. During the summer of 2013, we partnered with School District 11 by providing healthy snacks and meals for chronically hungry children throughout El Paso County. We process fresh produce from our garden and greenhouses, as well as fruit from the many fruit trees that grow on our campus. The Community Kitchen allows us to repack bulk food for distribution to our partner agencies.

    Additionally, culinary entrepreneurs rent space and time in the Community Kitchen to further their business goals. The Community Kitchen also engages volunteer chefs who support our Cooking Matters courses. In May, 2013 we began cooking classes entitled Cooking for a Cause. Cooking for a Cause is a series of Chefs Table cooking experiences that explore the food and heritage of Care and Share's 31-county Southern Colorado service area.

    Care and Share is proud to serve our community through disaster relief efforts. During the past two summers, we have served as the most-needed-items collection and distribution point for those that were affected by the Waldo Canyon and the 2013 Southern Colorado wildfires, including the Black Forest fire. During these events, we distributed more than 2 million pounds of food, beverages, and household items to hundreds of families that lost their homes, thousands of people that were evacuated, many first responders, fire fighters, and law enforcement officials, as well as anyone else that was affected by the fires.

    Last year, we served more than 104,000 individuals, but there is still much work to be done if we are to reach the 165,000 neighbors throughout our service area in need of food. It is our goal to provide access to food for everyone in Southern Colorado that does not know where their next meal is coming from. Food is a basic human need and a basic human right. Well-fed communities are safer, more vibrant, and more stable communities for us all.

  • History:
  • Franciscan Sister Dominique Pisciotta established Care and Share Food Bank in 1974 as a referral agency to coordinate food distribution. Sister Pisciotta and representatives from several emergency food agencies observed a need in Colorado Springs to establish a communication system between food agencies and to create a unified voice for hunger and poverty issues in the Pikes Peak region.

    Incredibly, for the first eight years of Care and Share's existence, all tasks were accomplished through the dedication of volunteers. In that time, Care and Share provided more than 80,000 food baskets to people in need throughout the Pikes Peak region. It continued to run on an all-volunteer basis until 1982 when it became partly funded by Pikes Peak United Way. The agency asked United Way for two salaried employees and in January 1982, Gigi Cook became the first paid staff member and the first Director of Care and Share Food Bank.

    The organization continued to evolve and grew from a simple clearinghouse for food distribution to a sophisticated telephone referral service and food bank administrator. It acquired the administration of Project COPE (Citizens Option to Provide Energy), a program that uses donated money to provide one-time assistance to low-income persons. Care and Share also merged with the Pikes Peak Food Bank in 1980.

    By 1986, Care and Share fed more than 6,000 people, giving away approximately 30,000 pounds food a month. The agency had gone from a one-person staff serving 13 agencies to a staff of seven serving 47 agencies that also administered the Pikes Peak Food Bank and COPE.

    In 1989 Care and Share became a member of the America's Second Harvest National Food Bank Network (now called Feeding America) and began to focus on food distribution. This association also expanded the service area from two counties to 31 counties of Colorado. Joining Feeding America allowed Care and Share access to a wider variety of products, donated by national food distributors and wholesalers. This has become the major source of food for Care and Share. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity.

    We began operations in Pueblo in 1999 and moved into our current space in 2007. Our 16,000 square foot warehouse in Pueblo helps us to serve the needs of Pueblo County and the surrounding areas. During our most recently completed fiscal year, we distributed 2,408,125 pounds of food through our Pueblo Warehouse to Pueblo and the surrounding areas. 1,662,790 pounds stayed in Pueblo County and was distributed through our more than 40 partner agencies in the area. This is a 6% increase of food distribution over the previous year.

    Our current Colorado Springs warehouse opened in 2009 and allowed us to double our food storage capacity, effectively increasing the amount of food we receive and deliver - including perishable items that can be stored in our refrigerated warehouse space. We now have the ability to distribute 25 million pounds of food annually.

    40 years of doing business has allowed us to continually refine our work, expand our reach, and increase our outputs. We are working hard every day to ensure that everyone in our service area has access to nutritious food, and we are doing so extremely efficiently. For every dollar we receive, we can acquire 10 pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 8 meals. This is why financial support at any level truly makes a difference for those in need. We are also great stewards of each financial contribution—for every dollar we receive, $0.95 is spent on our hunger relief programs and only $0.05 is spent on administrative expenses.

  • Year established:1974
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:40


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:84-0731930

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:840731930
  • Organization Name:CARE AND SHARE INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:2605 PREAMBLE PT
  • Organization City:COLORADO SPGS
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80915-1200
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1978
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):560
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:K310
  • Asset Amount:$13,845,884
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$46,069,194
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$45,209,695
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:06:10 pm

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