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IFCS BLOG

Service “from Scratch”

IFCS (Integrated Family Community Services) provides basic human services for families and individuals with the goal of self-sufficiency. We provide financial assistance, food, school supplies, boxes, and other resources as well as vouchers for local recreation centers. Since 1964 we have supported the Denver community through the loyal support of volunteers, community partners, corporate sponsors, and numerous generous donors, we have remained open, and continually adapting to current needs.

This blog is a glimpse into the “secret ingredients” that have built our nonprofit “from scratch,” and continue to make IFCS into what we hope will be a lasting, valued resource for the community. Thank you for being a part of IFCS!

Ready, Set, School: Littleton Elks Support Local Students

Graduations are well under way and, while students and teachers head into a much-deserved summer break, the team at IFCS is focused on preparations for the coming school year! Ready, Set, School! is an IFCS’ enrichment program that offers seasonal assistance to low-income households. This year, Ready, Set, School! will provide new backpacks full of grade-appropriate school supplies to 303

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Garden Planning: Grow an Extra Row of Hope!

Spring has sprung, the snow is melting in the Mountains, the flowers are blooming on the Front Range, birds are returning for the summer, and I may burst into song! This month’s blog post is a fun one for me. It is about fresh garden produce donated to IFCS each summer and the special people who grow it. Even you

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60 Years of Nourishing Hope: IFCS’ Best Nibbles & Sips Ever

In February, Integrated Family Community Services (IFCS) marked a significant milestone. Celebrating their 60th year, IFCS has provided vital support to those in need through its food pantry and assistance programs since 1964. Made extra special by the occasion, the annual fundraiser Nibbles & Sips exceeded all expectations, and united the community in the spirit of generosity and compassion. Don’t

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“Essential Ingredients”: Continuing the Legacy

2024 is IFCS’ 60th anniversary! This is a celebratory time as we prepare for the highly anticipated Nibbles & Sips gala, which will take place on February 24, 2024 from 5:00-8:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.” Nibbles & Sips embodies this

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The Human Touch

Today I am happy to introduce you to one of IFCS’ Corporate Partners: Empower. In this blog entry I share what I learned about this company through interviewing two Empower employees, named “associates,” Damian Bulf and Grace Randazzo, about their involvement with IFCS. Empower associates have a huge heart for community outreach and invest a lot of time, money, and

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Adding in Protein

To keep IFCS running takes an incredible amount of volunteers and donors. If you read my previous two blog entries, you know that IFCS is a bustling market providing food assistance, and that support from the community keeps IFCS moving forward. Every collaborator plays an important role in alleviating hunger. In this entry, we’ll take a close look at one

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IFCS’ Main Ingredient: Community

Hello! Today I am revisiting IFCS’ fresh food Market and would like to tell you more about what is happening here. Going behind the scenes, I was able to see things that aren’t visible to the public: there’s a lot to be excited about! During Todd McPherson’s video tour of the Market at IFCS (which I shared about in my

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Starting “from Scratch” in 1964

Today I went undercover to discover some of the secret ingredients behind the successful food bank of Integrated Family Community Services Market. As some of you know, I live up in the mountains near Monarch Ski Resort so Todd McPherson (Development Director) gave me a virtual tour around The Market via his mobile phone. It was fun to be able

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Introducing IFCS’ Blog

Hello! I’m Kathryn Adams, a Nurse Freelance Writer who started my career as a Firefighter EMT-B, then RN, and transitioned to professional writing. I grew up volunteering with my mom as a Girl Scout at a local food kitchen for the homeless. This childhood experience initiated a Iife commitment to noticing inequities around me, and the desire to contribute to

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Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or  retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. Mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. Fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. Email:
    program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This statement was updated 8.3.22 in accordance with USDA updates and guidelines.

Eligibility and Income Guidelines

Anyone experiencing food insecurity and self-identifying as meeting the Income Guidelines below is eligible for IFCS Food Market services.

Income Guidelines:
As of March 1, 2023, a household may meet income-based standards in either of the following two ways:

  1. Participate in one of these public assistance programs:
    • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
    • Old Age Pension (OAP)
    • Aid to Needy Disabled (AND)
    • Aid to the Blind (AB)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Medicaid Eligible Foster Children
  1. If the household does not participate in any of the above public assistance programs, the household must meet the requirements based on the chart below, having a combined gross income not exceeding the maximum income limit for the applicable household size.

For IFCS Financial Assistance Programs (Rental and Utility Bill Payment Assistance), we have a service area of western Arapahoe (Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, and Sheridan) and southwest Denver Neighborhoods. This includes Bear Valley, College View, Fort Logan, Harvey Park, Harvey Park South, Marston & South Platte (Southwest Neighborhoods further defined as being south of Jewell and west of Santa Fe). IFCS Rental Assistance Programs may be limited to the cities listed within Arapahoe County.

For IFCS Enrichment Programs, we have a service area covering:

  • Western Arapahoe County: Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Greenwood Village, Littleton, Sheridan, and unincorporated Arapahoe County.
  • Southwest Denver Neighborhoods: Bear Valley, College View, Fort Logan, Harvey Park, Harvey Park South, Marston & South Platte (Southwest Neighborhoods further defined as being south of Jewell and west of Santa Fe).
  • Northern Douglas County: Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Lone Tree.
  • Southern Jefferson County: Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison (Neighborhoods further defined as being south of Jewell and the C-470 Corridor – including Columbine, Bow Mar, Dakota Ridge, and Ken Caryl Ranch)

 Applications outside of these listed areas will not be accepted. (Central Denver, North Denver, and Aurora applications will not be accepted.)