“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” ~Mother Teresa

We believe that food is the barest minimum need to survive, and when hunger is what you live with every day, the impact is incredible to all aspects of life. We also believe that we can end hunger, and we are starting right here in Routt County.

In Routt, County, 11% of our neighbors live in poverty. That means, over 2,600 neighbors in Routt County could go to bed hungry tonight.

One of LiftUp’s biggest priorities is ending hunger here in Routt County. We focus the majority of our time, energy, and resources finding and serving these neighbors.

Initial Food Bank Application (start here!)

Financial Assistance Application

*Application must be delivered in person at the Steamboat Food Bank.


In 2019, we served 120,154 pounds of grocery items, 2,585 meals, welcomed 21,167 shopping trips in our Food Banks, and provided 143,883 snacks to children.

We strive to serve healthy, quality food to our neighbors. The vast majority of that food is donated from generous neighbors, and we constructed our Schott Community Farm hoop house in 2018 to grow our own delicious produce.

How could our Food Banks help you? Take a look at the qualifying guidelines and if this could be an option, fill out the Initial Application and stop in to talk to a Case Manager.

As part of ending hunger in our community, we engage all of our resources in many
other ways:

  • Grocery & Restaurant Rescue: local stores & restaurants generously donate food that is close to expiration.
  • Greenhouse: we believe wholeheartedly everyone deserves fresh, healthy food… so we are growing it ourselves! In 2019, we harvested 531 pounds of produce from our greenhouse.
  • Community Meals: we work with several organizations to serve meals to our neighbors.
  • Sustainability studies in partnership with YVSC: In partnership with the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council we are examining 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. I recently was a panelist in a discussion at CMC where local experts shared thoughts on sustainability and agriculture in the Yampa Valley, representing LiftUp.
  • Organic Waste Stream Management: We work closely with local ranchers and with Elkstone Farm to turn our food waste into animal food, mushroom growth medium, and compost. We study the effects of this in partnership with YVSC.

If you would like to donate, our Food Banks accept most food and beverage donations, as long as products have not expired and packages remain unopened. If you’d like to hold a food drive for LiftUp, please contact us at 970-870-8804.

Over 850 children right here in Routt County could be struggling to get enough food. In 2017, 22.5% of Routt County kids qualified for free or reduced price lunches.

We also serve 600 snacks daily to kids in Routt County. If you’re interested in donating to the Rocket Pack program, we would love to work together. To make sure kids get the best snacks possible, there are certain guidelines:

  • All snacks must have 8 or less grams of sugar
  • Because we distribute in groups, you must donate at least 50 of the same item so that each child in that group gets the same snack
  • Each snack must be individually packaged and not expired or past best-by date.

Snacks we always love to receive:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Low sodium chips – individually packaged
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Pretzels
  • Beef Jerky

Rocket Pack Summer Lunch Program

A child's need for nutritious food doesn't end with the school year. LiftUp of Routt County is offering weekly meals for school-aged children during the summer, free of charge, through their Rocket Pack Summer Lunch Program. Nutritious meals support the health, well-being and performance of Routt County children. The lunch program will begin June 8, 2020. Each bag which will provide a week's worth of lunches. Bags will be available at each LiftUp Food Bank location on the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays 1-5 PM in Steamboat
  • Tuesdays 9:30-11 AM in Oak Creek
  • Wednesdays 10 AM - 1 PM in Hayden.

To register your child, download and complete the application and return to any LiftUp Food Bank or email to food@liftuprc.org. For questions contact Kristal Southworth, Food Resource Coordinator at 970-875-3442.

2020 Rocket Pack Summer Lunch Program Applications: 

Does your child, or student, need snacks during the school year? 

Applications for the fall 2020 school year will be posted here when they become available. For more information, or questions, email: programs@liftuprc.org.

If you would like to donate snacks for kids, check out our Ways to Give page.

We believe that everyone, at any given time in their lives, is on a spectrum to thrive. We all bounce back and forth on this spectrum as life happens. We would love everyone to always be thriving, but we are keenly aware that’s not possible. Life throws us curveballs … we take missteps ... Inevitably, we will all feel the wind at our face at times.

It is our honor to meet each person where they are and help them move closer to thriving.

Our primary focus is to ensure all Routt County neighbors have access to basic human needs (food, shelter, & clothing) while also fostering self-sufficiency & personal growth.

Our Case Managers work with each neighbor individually to determine the best programs for their situation. It’s private and one-on-one, and we promise you’ll feel welcome.

Our Case Managers appreciate your patience and will respond to inquiries and requests within 48 hours. Case Managers do not respond on Saturday, Sunday or on federal holidays, thank you!


Housing & Utility Assistance

  • Housing Assistance: Helping Routt County residents stay in their homes during times of financial distress. This is short-term, one-time help based on financial needs. In 2019, 82 families were able to stay in their homes during financial distress.
  • Utility Assistance: Liftup works with Energy Outreach Colorado to help Routt County residents struggling to pay for water and energy bills during times of financial distress. This assistance is limited to short-term, one-time help based on financial needs. Residents need to apply to LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program) to receive EOC (Energy Outreach Colorado) funds.
  • Transient Displacement: For our neighbors just passing through, one-time assistance to help you reach a destination where you can be safe and seek support may be available.

Food & Clothing Assistance

Our 3 Food Bank locations offer supplemental food for qualifying individuals and families. With the goal of moving towards self-sufficiency, this assistance has qualifications and time limits.

Everyone should have a shirt on their back. If you don’t, we can help you get temporary relief by providing a Thrift Store voucher for clothes.


Self-sufficiency Assistance

Self-sufficiency: During times of longer-term distress, we work with families in complex situations to create a plan to get back on their feet. These are unique cases in which we forge a partnership to get you back on a path to stability. In 2018, 37 families were supported through this program.

Healthcare: With the growing costs of medical care, it has become challenging for our neighbors to afford much-need medical attention. Intended to help clients attain an acceptable or improved level of medical/dental health, and to keep health problems from turning into emergency situations. Can pay for Medical fuel and transport.

Hope for the Future Scholarship: Each year, we award 10 Routt County neighbors with an opportunity to make their future brighter. The application process ends on May 1st.

We know that your situation is yours and yours alone. So, if you have questions about whether your situation qualifies for help, please reach out. We are here to help.

Email: casemanager@liftuprc.org
Phone: 970-870-8804

LiftUp is the only administrator of critical government assistance programs. Our case managers will work with you to ensure you are receiving the benefits that you qualify for.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.

In 2019, we served 2,264 TEFAP boxes to Routt County neighbors.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): Designed specifically to support the aging population, these boxes provide necessary nutrition for our senior citizens in Routt County.

In 2019, we served 193 Senior Meal boxes to Routt County neighbors.

To see if you qualify for either of these programs, please check out the initial application for each program (below) and bring it to our Food Bank Supervisor or email it: foodbank@liftuprc.org

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