Who We Are and What We Do
Harvest for Hunger, located in Snowmass Village, is a charitable organization dedicated to reducing food waste in the Roaring Fork Valley and helping those in need. Founded by ski bums who live and work in the Valley, we realized there was a disconnect between the fortunate and the less fortunate. Many families struggle with wage disparity and a high cost of living.
It is our goal to feed the families in need with a two prong approach. First, to build partnerships with food retailers and grocery stores of the Roaring Fork Valley and rescue unused food. Second, with our partnerships in the area we would distribute to those in need.
With the dedication of our volunteers, staff members, and partners, we strive to improve the lives of everyone who needs help within the community.
What We Do
From Local Food Retailers and Businesses
Harvest for Hunger collects from Grocery Stores and Food Retailers at least two times a week encompassing the entire Roaring Fork Valley from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and El Jebel, up to Snowmass Village and Aspen. We also rescue food on demand from local businesses.
Our Rescue Partners
Who We Collect From
Harvest for Hunger is very lucky to have so many local grocers, hotels, restaurants, ski resorts, and other local businesses willing to donate. These include City Markets, Clarks Markets, Whole Foods, Roxy's Market, Limelight Hotels, The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome, Louis Swiss Bakery, Paradise Bakery, and others.
To Our Community
The main goal of Harvest for Hunger is feeding our community. This is an issue that touches many lives in the Roaring Fork Valley. Through our distribution partners we are able to reach those in need and keep our community fed.
Our Community Partners
How Our Food is Distributed
Harvest for Hunger distributes food to our local partners who distribute it to our local communities. We distribute to the Crown Mountain Park Mobile Food Pantry on Tuesdays, Snowmass Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesdays, and to LiftUp on Fridays. We also distribute to the Mid-Valley Family Practice, the Aspen Homeless Shelter, and Basalt Library.
Last year in 2022, Harvest for Hunger rescued an astounding 106,662lbs of food. By Feeding America's formula of 1.2lbs equals a meal, we rescued enough food to provide 88,885 meals to those in need. That's so much food that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. We currently rescue food from 7 grocery stores, 5 hotels, and a 2 bakeries. Every week that we prevent food from getting thrown away or wasted is a great week and a move in the right direction.
Of all food in the United States is wasted
In Food Cost
Pounds of Food
Pounds of Food Harvest for Hunger has kept out of the Pitkin Landfill since 2021