Kids Cafe Summer Schedule

Food TruckMore than one in three students in Larimer County schools qualifies for free or reduced lunch. For these children, summer vacation means no school meals and the prospect of going hungry. Food Bank for Larimer County is committed to ending childhood hunger through a variety of programs, including Kids Cafe.

This summer, the Food Bank will serve healthy, made from scratch meals for children ages 5-18 at thirteen sites throughout Larimer County. Through the Kids Cafe program, the Food Bank expects to serve 55,000 meals and 20,000 snacks this summer. On average, the program will provide a record-setting 1,400 meals per day.

“Even if hunger is temporary, its impact can last a lifetime,” said Liz Donovan, Nutrition and Programs Manager, Food Bank for Larimer County. “Children who miss breakfast and lunch arFood Trucke more susceptible to health and wellness issues. Hunger can also impact academic success and behavior. Through our Kids Cafe program, we’re working hard to give more kids the nourishment they need to thrive.”

Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from Northern Colorado Unify, the Food Bank for will be expanding its Kids Cafe’s capabilities to include Food Truck service at three CARE Housing communities in Fort Collins. Community Kitchen Manager, Justin Kruger, worked with a local company to retrofit a used truck to meet the Food Bank’s specific needs. “I’m really excited about the options the new truck provides us,” said Kruger. “We know that there are thousands of kids who receive free lunch during the school year who don’t have a consistent source for meals during the summer,” said Kruger. “Our new food truck will go a long way towards helping us feed more kids in the summer.”

The Kids Cafe  will be at the following locations this summer:

SITE LOCATIONDATESTIMESELIGIBILITY
CARE Housing*

1303 W. Swallow Rd.

Monday – Friday

June 12 – August 4

11-11:30am (Lunch)Open to All
CARE Housing*

626 Quaking Aspen Dr.

Monday – Friday

June 12 – August 4

12:30-1pm (Lunch)Open to All
CARE Housing*

400 Butch Cassidy Dr.

Monday – Friday

June 12 – August 4

11:45am-12:15pm (Lunch)Open to All
Linton Elementary

4100 Caribou Dr.

Monday – Thursday

June 5 – August 4

9-9:30am (Breakfast)

11:30am-12:30pm (Lunch)

Enrolled

Students Only

Lincoln Middle School

1600 Lancer Dr.

Monday – Thursday

June 5 – August 4

9-9:30am (Breakfast)

11:30am-12:30pm (Lunch)

Enrolled

Students Only

Boys & Girls Clubs – Fort Collins

1608 Lancer Dr.

Monday – Friday

June 5 – August 11

8:30-9am (Breakfast)

11:30am – 12:15pm (Lunch)

Members Only
Boys & Girls Clubs – Wellington

3815 W. Harrison Ave.

Monday – Friday

June 5 – August 11

12-1pm (Lunch)

2-3pm (Snack)

Members Only
Boys & Girls Clubs – Loveland

2500 E. 1st St.

Monday – Friday

June 5 – August 11

12-12:30pm (Lunch)

2:30-3pm (Snack)

Members Only
Boys & Girls Clubs – Estes Park

1505 Brodie Ave.

Monday – Friday

June 5 – August 4

11:30-12:30pm (Lunch)

3-4pm (Snack)

Members Only
The Matthews House

400 S. Link Ln.

Tuesday – Thursday

June 6 – August 3

12-1pm (Lunch)Open Enrollment
Base Camp

2130 W. Horsetooth Rd.

Monday – Friday

June 1 – August 11

11am-12:30pm (Lunch)

3-4pm (Snack)

Enrolled

Students Only

Lago Vista

420 E. 57th St.

Tuesday – Thursday

May 30 – July 27

9-10:15am (Snack)

11:30am-12pm(Lunch)

Residents Only
Maple Terrace

574 E. 23rd St.

Tuesday, Thursday

June 5 – July 28

12-1pm (Lunch)Residents Only

Click here to learn more about our childhood hunger initiatives and consider supporting our summer meal program and the Food Truck by donating to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

Everything Worth Having, is Better Shared

Plant it FowardLexi is a Fort Collins resident and active Plant it Forward participant. She learned about the program through her volunteer work at the Gardens on Spring Creek. “I regularly volunteer at their special events and always make a point to see what they’re up to in the community. I was informed that they were launching a new outreach program called Plant it Forward, and as a gardener was immediately interested in participating!”

Lexi grows fruits and vegetables every year in her home garden. She mentioned, “It never fails that I end up with way more tomatoes than one person can consume, believe me, I tried.” She’s tried freezing them and making them into the sauce, but no matter what, Lexi always ended up with excess. “Knowing that I could share my fresh produce with the Fort Collins community gave me the opportunity to give back to Larimer County in a significant way.”

Lexi has been involved with Plant it Forward since the beginning. Originally she began as a donor, “I had extra produce the first year, and I made a few donations to the program.” The following summer, Lexi took on the role of a Neighborhood Champion, a volunteer from the area who agrees to transport the produce to drop off locations, and she hasn’t looked back. “I eagerly plant my neighborhood sign out front each spring and wait for others to ask me what it’s for. I love sharing the Plant it Forward mission and encouraging others to participate. I now grow 2-3x what I used to grow so that I can contribute as much as I can to the program and ultimately, to the wonderful community of Fort Collins. I only wish I had more raised beds!”

Lexi mentioned her favorite part of participating in the program is how good she feels about giving back. “Growing my own food is rewarding in itself, but being able to share that with others – nothing that gives me more warm fuzzies. I love knowing that I’m growing local, sustainable, healthy AND delicious vegetables that I can share.” Lexi Plants it Forward because it, “Provides me an opportunity to do something I already enjoy while giving back to the community. Everything worth having is better shared.”

Lexi Plants it Forward, will you? Your donation will help feed neighbors in need leading to a healthier and more vibrant community for all. Plant it Forward is made successful by backyard gardeners of all levels and of all donation sizes coming together to fight hunger in our community. Click here to learn more about the program and how you, too, can participate.