Village Pantry

Village Exchange Center’s Food Pantry serves Aurora and Metro Denver’s immigrants, refugees, and communities experiencing food insecurity. Strategic partnerships with our community groups ensure that the food pantry can operate weekly and meet the needs of upwards of 700 families for fresh produce, culturally relevant foods, meals, toiletries, and diapers. We have implemented an appointment system with automatic text messaging reminders to extend our reach and optimize our ability to serve the community while providing more culturally accurate services.

Do you need food assistance?  

Our pantry is open every Wednesday, 12-4 pm.  All are welcome.   

Appointments are required. 

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    • Text VEC to 726879 (PANTRY) and follow instructions to make a reservation on your phone.

       

Would you like to volunteer?

Please email info@villageexchangecenter.org and include number of participating volunteers and date(s) of interest.  Thank you!

 

 

​In 2023 we provided:

  • 12,557 Families with food support

  • 48,925 Individuals with food support

  • 433,000+ pounds of food to the community

168 Volunteers Active

33,345 Diapers Provided

1,133 Hygiene Packages

40 Countries of Served

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Our Village Pantry provides culturally appropriate groceries, meals, and hygiene supplies to refugees and immigrants from 40 countries. Food is distributed weekly through on-site pickup, serving over 800 families weekly. Our Cultural Groups program serves approximately 100 newly arrived refugee families per week (300-350 individuals/week). This is a partnership with several Refugee Resettlement and Community Agencies, including the Casa de Restauracion, Colorado Korean Association, Hope Community, Kachin Congregation, and Nepali Congregation.
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Village Pantry

A point of entrée for newcomers from all over the world, the Village Pantry provides fresh and varied foods to supplement families’ weekly groceries. VEC provides healthy and nutritious foods including fresh produce, dairy, and protein items that are part of our beneficiaries’ existing dietary preferences.

The Pantry…

  • Serves 800 families per week
  • 168 volunteers speaking 21 different languages volunteer each week
  • Partners with 15 organizations to distribute high-quality foods
  • Provides multiple varieties of legumes and beans to beneficiaries
  • Reaches individuals representing 40 countries of origin