LiftUp Steamboat Food Bank

We believe that we can reduce hunger in Routt County, where 11% of our neighbors live in poverty. In 2023, over 365,345 pounds of food and 4,668 boxes of USDA food staples were distributed. Do you need food assistance?

Case Workers appreciate your patience and will respond to inquiries and requests within 48 hours. They do not respond on Saturday, Sunday or on federal holidays.

Please review the application AND the Client Document Checklist. Submit your application and required documentation to If email is not possible, hard copies may be delivered in person to one of our Food Banks during their hours of operation.

Questions? Complete the contact us form or call 970-870-8804

Do I qualify for services (food, financial, or basic needs)?

LiftUp serves Routt county residents with an income of 300% or less of the Federal Poverty Level. Review the LiftUp Guidelines column below as a first step in determining if you can apply for assistance.

What if I don’t qualify? Can I still get assistance?

Anyone can access the Grab-N-Go food section daily in the front of our Food Banks without registering with LiftUp or showing an ID. If you are in need of basic items such as a warm coat, a pair of shoes, etc. you can come to the Food Banks to receive a one-time voucher for the Thrift Store to items needed.

How often can I shop for food?

Food Bank clients can shop once per month for general groceries, and twice per month for fresh produce. Anyone can access the Grab-N-Go section in the front of the Food Banks during open hours.

What if I can’t come shop in person? Can someone else pick up food for me?

You can assign a designated person (proxy) to shop for you at the Food Banks. Below please find the application and information required to become a Food Bank proxy.­­

Food Bank/Financial Assistance Application & Forms

Client Packet – English LiftUp EEO Policy English Proxy Form English
Client Packet – Spanish LiftUp EEO Policy Spanish Proxy Form Spanish

2024 Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

(Guidelines Monthly Income Maximum)

Household Size Actual FPL CSFP Senior Box 130% TEFAP Commodities 200% LiftUp Guidelines 300%
1 $1,255.00 $1,632 $2,510.00 $3,765.00
2 $1,703.33 $2,215 $3,406.67 $5,110.00
3 $2,151.67 $2,798 $4,303.33 $6,455.00
4 $2,600.00 $3,380 $5,200.00 $7,800.00
5 $3,048.33 $3,963 $6,096.67 $9,145.00
6 $3,496.67 $4,546 $6,993.33 $10,490.00
7 $3,945.00 $5,129 $7,890.00 $11,835.00
8 $4,393.33 $5,712 $8,786.67 $13,180.00

Reducing Hunger LiftUp Achievements

In 2023, we distributed 365,345 pounds of grocery items, 4,668 boxes of USDA food staples and provided 156,849 snacks to children through our Rocket Pack Program.

Grocery & Restaurant Rescue – local stores & restaurants generously donate food that is close to expiration. In 2023 LiftUp accepted 57,433 pounds through this program.

Sustainability studies – In partnership with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, LiftUp examined our waste streams as an attempt to document our partnerships with local ranchers and farmers in an effort to minimize the flow of organic food waste to local landfills.

Organic Waste Stream Management – LiftUp worked with local ranchers and with Elkstone Farm to turn any food waste into animal food, mushroom growth medium, and compost.

Need additional resources for assistance? Look here: Routt County | The Health Partnership Serving Northwest Colorado

CO Department of Human Services & USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

Because the Colorado Department of Human Services administers U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, it is required to follow various USDA rules and regulations. Institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are required to display the appropriate “And Justice for All” poster in their facilities where it can be viewed by customers.

All “And Justice for All” posters may not be reproduced or published in any way. This means that agencies may only post the authorized poster received from our office or their regional food bank.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs, are prohibited from discriminating based various factors. You can read the USDA’s full nondiscrimination statement in English and Spanish by clicking this link: USDA Non-discrimination statement. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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