Will You Come Alongside Lyons Residents In Need?
A Message From LEAF’s Executive Director
Difficult times continue to plague too many of our friends and neighbors. The health crisis caused by the pandemic has officially been declared over. But the lingering suffering remains. Mental health needs are at an all-time high, and rising housing, food, and transportation costs have hit our small community hard. LEAF’s comprehensive human services programs offer wrap-around support to people in their time of need. LEAF offers an amazing weekly Food Pantry, a compassionate Meals on Wheels service, free and accessible Mental Wellness & Addiction Recovery care right here in our community, Basic Needs support, and the services of Lyons Volunteers. Whether it’s a pandemic or a family experiencing a tough month, LEAF is here.
As the only human services agency working exclusively in the Greater Lyons area, LEAF knows Lyons. We know the people and the “Lyons Got Grit” culture. If you are in a position to make a financial gift, it is needed and greatly appreciated. You have our promise that your gift will be used to help your friends and neighbors right here in Lyons.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, over 100 volunteers, and hundreds of people with whom LEAF works, I offer our most humble and grateful thank you.
LEAF Executive Director
Give Food &
Donate from your pantry, garden, or grocery cart. We accept perishable and non-perishable items that are unopened. We are happy to help you unload large, heavy bags and boxes.
Snacks: crackers, cookies, popcorn, etc.
Canned chili, stew
Flavored rice: pilaf, Mexican, long grain & wild, Spanish, etc.
Fruit & applesauce cups
Paper Products: toilet paper, paper towel, tissues
Personal Hygiene: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant lotion, disposable razors
Plant A Row For The Pantry
Are you planting a vegetable garden? The Lyons Community Food Pantry and its participants would be so happy if you will plant a row of veggies to donate! Or, if you are a container gardener, plant a tomato, a few lettuces, or a squash for the Pantry. The Pantry can accept home grown vegetables, and produce is always needed. Produce can’t be stored like canned goods or cleaning supplies, so it is harder for food pantries in general to provide enough good quality produce for folks. Lyons Community Food Pantry is no different. Once it is ripe and picked, bring the produce by any Wednesday between 9:30am and 2:30pm. We will happily and gratefully distribute it during Food Pantry hours that day!
Food Donation Guidelines
Lyons Community Food Pantry is committed to the safety and health of those who receive food from us. All food donations are sorted to comply with federal, state, and local food safety regulations. You can help by following these guidelines when donating food:
Canned and Dry Goods: Unopened and in original packaging with labels; packaging is in good condition (no dents, bulging, or rust); donated no more than 6 months past use-by date.
Fresh Produce: Uncut with no signs of mold, spoilage, or severe bruising; we accept garden-fresh produce as well.
Dairy Products: Unopened; must have been kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or lower at all times (including transportation to CFS); donated on or before the sell-by date.
Baked Goods: Must be prepared in a licensed kitchen; in original packaging with proper labeling; donated no more than 2 days past the sell-by date.
Meat Products: Unopened and frozen on or before the sell-by date; items must be less than 3 months old (and frozen the entire time).
Deli Products (e.g. salads and sandwiches): Unopened and in the original packaging with labels and complete list of ingredients; donated before the sell-by date.
Prepared & Catered Food: If you are a caterer or you have a large donation of prepared foods, please email our Food Pantry directors.
Livestock & Wild Game: Frozen donations of livestock and wild game can only be accepted if the meat has been processed and packaged in a USDA meat processing facility.
350 Main St.
Lyons, CO 80540
Hours of Operation
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Volunteer For LEAF
It takes over 100 volunteers make LEAF happen!
As a volunteer for LEAF, you make an impact on the lives of others. No matter what area of service you choose, you will be an integral part of our organization’s mission. We depend on volunteers and we take your time and your talents seriously.