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Food Pantry
ESM maintains the largest food pantry in Colorado Springs with the most consistent hours of service. The pantry is stocked with nutritious canned and packaged goods supplied from three primary sources: member churches, Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado, and outright food purchases. In addition, ESM stocks commodities supplied by the Federal Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program.  Photo of shelves in food pantry

Emergency Food Pantry

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To qualify for emergency food:
  • live in one of the ESM zip code service areas (80903, 80905, 80906, 80907, 80909, 80910, 80916, 80926). For those living outside these zip codes, assistance might be provided with a written referral from a primary agency in their zip code. Other exceptions may apply.
  • provide a photo ID
  • based on income levels, size of family, and emergency needs.

Emergency food assistance is a 4-day food supply. A client may access the emergency food pantry 4 times per year. 

USDA Commodities Food Program
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Note: No commodities available the last business of each month. To meet reporting requirements, ESM conducts inventory on that day.

To qualify for the commodities food program:

No zip code restrictions BUT must provide proof of residency in El Paso County (current driver's license, current state ID, current telephone or utility bill with address, etc.).

Availability of items varies month to month (dependent on USDA deliveries). 
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In response to the Gospel, ESM promotes self-sufficiency and restores dignity by providing food, medicine, housing, job placement, educational programs, and spiritual encouragement.

ESM provides a collaborative Christian response to low income and homeless people in crisis. 

ESM will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations prohibiting discrimination.