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May is Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month in the Feeding America community, which means it is a time to reflect and understand the needs of Older Americans in the United States that have food insecurity. In Colorado this issue is just as important as it is in the rest of the country and one that the Food […]

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Great Plates of Downtown 2016

NEWS RELEASE

The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and member businesses present a vibrant dining tradition for our community this March. Dining enthusiasts will be encouraged to celebrate the authenticity, quality and diversity found only in Downtown Fort Collins, at Great Plates of Downtown 2016.  During Great Plates, thirty-seven (37) downtown restaurants will offer dinner specials at a price of $25.00 or $2.50 breakfast deals.  Attendees will be able to enjoy downtown’s during this culinary celebration while supporting the Food Bank for Larimer County.

The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association is partnering with the Food Bank for Larimer County this year to help feed people in our county.  Patrons can make contributions to support the Food Bank for Larimer County.  Every donation helps- a $1 donation is equivalent to $5 worth of food. Donations, tax and tip are not included in the Great Plates price.  For more information on the Food Bank for Larimer County or to donate online visit www.foodbanklarimer.org

Dates:              March 1 – 14, 2016

Price:              $25.00 Dinner Specials, not including tax, tip, or donation

                        $2.50 Breakfast & Dessert Specials, not including tax, tip, or donation

 

Hours: 5:00 pm to close at participating dinner restaurants

                        5:00 pm to close at participating dessert restaurants

                        Open to 10am at participating breakfast restaurants

 

Menu:  Visit DowntownFortCollins.com for Great Plates dinner, breakfast and dessert menus

 

Sponsors:

Annual Downtown Sponsors: First National Bank, Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Poudre Valley Hospital University of Colorado Health, The Group, Inc., Schrader Oil, Meritage Homes and Colorado State University.

Official Sponsors: Food Services of America, Odell Brewery, 90 Shilling, High Country Beverage and Coors Light.

Media Partners: The Fort Collins Coloradoan and Town Square Media

Contributing Sponsors: Citizen Printing and ValPak of N. Colorado

Media Contact:          

Erica Vander Sande (Marketing Manager), Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, (970) 484-6500

Exclusive chef collaboration & competition

 

FOOD BANK FOR LARIMER COUNTY TO BENEFIT FROM EXCLUSIVE CHEF COLLABORATION & COMPETITION

 Fort Collins, CO – February 22, 2016 – New this year, the Food Bank for Larimer County is partnering with the community event specialists at Fortified Collaborations to offer a fresh “TASTE” of culinary creativity to benefit hunger-relief programs in Larimer County. This year’s event will be held on April 14, 2016 at the Hilton Fort Collins from 6-9 pm. This first of its kind collaboration & competition will feature five teams of the area’s finest chefs. Each team will collaborate to create a themed tasting menu featuring one or more common produce staples (onions, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and apples) regularly available to the Food Bank’s clients. Guests will see firsthand how chefs transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and have a chance to sample items not found on menus anywhere in Northern Colorado. Teams will be expertly paired with local craft beers and flavorful wines for a first-class experience.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to collaborate with local chefs and restaurants in a new way, bringing a fresh approach to THE TASTE for its 23rd year,” said Kristina Cash, Founder, Fortified Collaborations. “We’ve received only rave responses from the participating chefs and can’t wait to see what they will present on April 14!”

Only 300 individual tickets will be sold to this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets are $120 and each ticket sold will provide $600 worth of food to ensure everyone in our community has the nourishment they need to thrive and succeed. TASTE tickets can be purchased online at www.tastebenefit.org. Included with each ticket, guests will have the opportunity to sample creative, 5-star cuisine not on any menu; enjoy champagne & fine cheeses at Bubble Stations; interact with local chefs to learn the story of their cuisine; vote for Toast of THE TASTE; cap off the evening at the coffee, tea & dessert bar; relax with live jazz music; bid on fabulous packages in a bountiful silent auction; and receive all of the evening’s extraordinary recipes.

“After decades of successfully raising funds for hunger-relief programming through THE TASTE, we’re looking forward to bringing a fresh, new culinary concept to the community,” said Heather Buoniconti, Chief Development Officer, Food Bank for Larimer County. “We think guests will love the new event as it is truly about collaboration and community; or more precisely, everyone sharing their talents and treasures to work towards ending hunger in Larimer County.”

 

Chefs & Restaurants for 2016 TASTE

David Bowyer – 4th Street Chophouse; Troy Heller – Ace Gillett’s; Jeff Blackwell & Brent Rortbert – Austin’s American Grill; Rudy Burns – Babette’s Feast Bakery & Catering; Mckinzy Calapp – Café Vino; Dave Neas – CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing; Matt Smith – Door 222; Jeff Blackwell & Issac Moreno – Enzio’s Italian Kitchen; Alex Runge – FCB Modern Tavern; Oskar Arevalo –  Fish; Justin Kruger – Food Bank for Larimer County’s Community Kitchen; Vince Clark – Food for Thought Catering; Rhys Edmunds – Jay’s Bistro; Jeff Blackwell – Moot House; Brian Shaner – Nick’s Homestyle; Karin Vandermeere – Origins Wine Bar & Pizza; Amelia Mouton – Restaurant 415; Alex Feldman – Rare Italian; Aaron Conkley – Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant; Benjamin Rosing – Spring Creek Grille @ the Hilton, Dave Daggett – TasteBuds and Rise!; Nate Hines – Welsh Rabbit Bistro.

 

2016 TASTE Sponsors

With the generous support of event sponsors, including presenting sponsor University of Colorado Health, 100% of ticket sales will support hunger-relief programming in Larimer County. Additional sponsors include: Bohemian Foundation, Claypot Creative, Flood and Peterson, Food Services of America, Fortified Collaborations, Kluver-Moore Foundation, Motherlove, Citizen Printing, Dellenbach Motors, Elks Lodge #804, FirstBank, Gary & Dee Ludwin, Neenan Archistruction, Pedersen Toyota and Dr. Robert M. Williams and Ms. Jill J. Williams. Media sponsors include: The Coloradoan, Feasting Fort Collins, KUNC and Style.

For more information, visit www.tastebenefit.org.

 

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About Food Bank for Larimer County:

Founded in 1984, the Food Bank for Larimer County is the county’s only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food. In 2015, the Food Bank provided 8.9 million pounds of food to low-income residents through three programs: Food Share, Kids Cafe and Food Link. Food Share is a client-choice, fresh food pantry with locations in Fort Collins and Loveland that provides donated and government food to income qualifying individuals up to two times per week. Nearly 29,000 Larimer County residents received assistance through Food Share last year. Kids Cafe provides free, nutritious meals to low income children after school and during the summer. The Food Bank prepared and delivered over 81,000 meals to at-risk children last year. Food Link provided food to 87 non-profit organizations for use in their programs for low income individuals. These organizations include food pantries, soup kitchens, after school programs and domestic violence shelters among others. For more information please visit www.foodbanklarimer.org or www.facebook.com/foodbankforlarimercounty.

Help Bring Hope to the Table This Holiday Season


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Food Bank needs 2,750+ frozen turkeys to ensure every neighbor has a holiday dinner

The holiday season is upon us, but for nearly 36,000 individuals in our community, the holidays add more stress to their struggle to make ends meet.  This time of year can be particularly stressful for the households we serve with the added cost of heating homes on top of housing, transportation, medical, educational, childcare or other fixed expenses. For the families, seniors and individuals we serve, the opportunity to enjoy a holiday meal provides both nourishment and hope. We are grateful to live in a community that helps make that possible. To help our neighbors this holiday season, the Food Bank for Larimer County is asking for donations of 2,750+ frozen turkeys to provide holiday meals for families who are at-risk of hunger.

Each year, the Food Bank collects, stores and distributes frozen turkeys to agency partners, including the Vineyard, the Family Center, House of Neighborly Service and Crossroads Ministry in Estes Park. These and other partner agencies, in turn, provide holiday meals and/or holiday meal baskets to low-income residents. In addition to turkeys, the Food Bank also provides holiday “fixin’s,” including packaged stuffing, canned yams, and cranberries. This year, the Food Bank will need 1,200 bags or boxes of stuffing, 900 cans of cranberries and 1,800 cans of yams/sweet potatoes, beyond what is currently in inventory, to fulfill all requests.

Donations are especially needed before Thanksgiving Day, but will be accepted now through December 18 at the Food Bank, 1301 Blue Spruce in Fort Collins, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on the north side of the building.

 

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For the 11th year, the Poudre School District (PSD) community will kick off the holiday turkey drive season with their Turkey Round Up on Thursday, November 12. Staff and students at PSD schools compete to collect the most turkeys to donate to the Food Bank. Last year, the PSD community contributed a record-breaking 1,669 turkeys.

 

Help the Food Bank Stamp Out Hunger on May 9

Stamp Out Hunger LogoThe Food Bank for Larimer County is asking for the community’s support on May 9 as it joins America’s letter carriers and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country. The event helps to support the one in ten Larimer County residents who struggle with hunger.

“Stamp Out Hunger is like no other food drive. It allows every community across the country to collectively come together on one day to do their part to fight hunger. We are so grateful to community members who donate non-perishable items and for the letter carriers who take the time to collect each bag to help fight hunger in Larimer County,” said Amy Pezzani, Executive Director, Food Bank for Larimer County.

Residents can participate by donating non-perishable food items and leaving them near their mailboxes in the blue bag provided by their mail carrier or another sturdy bag on May 9. The Food Bank places a particular emphasis on nutrition and asks community members to donate nutritious items, including peanut butter (non-hydrogentated oil); canned tuna & chicken in water; canned fruits in fruit juice; and low sodium canned soups. No glass containers, please. A letter carrier will collect the donations and deliver them to the Food Bank. Items will then be distributed to those facing hunger right here in Larimer County. Residents are urged to call 970-481-5541 in the event that the food they have left outside for pick up has not been collected. If their call is not answered, they should leave a message that includes their phone number and their address.

Cash, checks, or on-line contributions towards the food drive are always welcome. Please write, “Letter Carriers Food Drive” on the check or make a note to an online donation. However, cash and checks should never be placed in the food drive bags left for the letter carriers for pick up, because processing so much food takes several weeks. Cash donations can be mailed to the Food Bank for Larimer County, 1301 Blue Spruce, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524.

According to Feeding America’s recently released Map the Meal Gap 2015 study, 43,940 Larimer County residents are food insecure. Stamp Out Hunger is the opportune time for the public to help neighbors who struggle with hunger.

“Hunger affects every community in the country,” said Fredric Rolando, NALC president. “At least six days a week, our letter carriers are a local touch point in communities everywhere and we are thrilled to be able to support our neighbors in need though the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year. For 22 years, the Food Bank for Larimer County and local letter carriers have worked together to contribute to the national food drive, delivering over 1,000,000 pounds of donated food to help those in need. Stamp Out Hunger  is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected over 70 million pounds of food donations to be donated to their local food bank and pantries. The United States Postal Service, AFL-CIO, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way, Valassis and Valpak are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Join the fight!

FoodFightLogo v 6Grab your colleagues and join the fight against hunger in our community by participating in the Corporate Food Fight. Now in its 16th year, the Corporate Food Fight challenges local businesses to raise food and funds for the Food Bank for Larimer County. The event runs the entire month of April, but each company designs their own campaign timeline. Some companies do a basic and simple food drive or have a food based event like a bake sale or chili cook-off – others get down-right creative and do things like executive tricycle races or have genuine food fights! Big or small, your business can make a huge impact on the fight against hunger in our community! To join the fight, contact Heather Buoniconti before April 1.

The 15th annual Corporate Food Fight raised nearly $120,000 and over 10,500 pounds of food! Thirty-two companies participated in our biggest fundraiser of the year. And in 15 years, the Food Fight has raised nearly $1 million for local hunger-relief programs. 

These companies have already joined the fight!

Advantage Bank  * Associates in Family Medicine * AMD * Avago Technologies * CA Techonologies * Clay Pot Creative * Constant Contact * Employment Solutions * Eye Center of Northern Colorado * FirstBank * First National Bank * First Tech Federal Credit Union – Fort Collins * First Tech Federal Credit Union – Loveland * First Western Trust * Flood and Peterson * Heska * HP * Intel * Liberty Tax Service * LPR Construction * Neenan Company * New Belgium Brewing * NVIDIA * Odell Brewing Company * Platte River Power Authority * PROSCI * University of Colorado Health * Versus Bank * Xcel Energy * Wells Fargo Advisors – Davis Management Group * Woodward

 

 

 

Don’t Miss Bread N Boards

Bread N Boards web Sears Trostel’s Annual Bread N Boards fundraiser is Saturday, December 6. Doors open at 8:30 am at Sears Trostel, 1500 Riverside Avenue, Fort Collins. Sears Trostel’s beautiful, handmade cutting boards make the perfect holiday gift. For your $25-30 donation you will receive one unique hardwood cutting board, a coupon for one free loaf of Great Harvest bread and one bottle of finishing oil. Personalization is available for an additional charge. A limited number of premium “signature” boards made by Sears Trostel employees and local woodworkers are available at additional cost. All proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank – last year’s event raised nearly $24,000!

Cyclocross Race to Support Food Bank

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October 10-12, 2014 “Cross of the North,” a USA Cycling sanctioned cyclocross race hosted by the First City Cycling Team and presented by Noosa Yoghurt, will take place at The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, Colorado.  This is a community event for all ages with a bike race thrown in;  food, beverages, an expo and a large Kid Zone will be featured.  Bring the family and participate in pumpkin carving and a free kid’s race as well as other children’s activities.

This year, ‘Cross of the North is teaming up with the Food Bank for Larimer County and asking event attendees to bring canned food donations to support local families in need this holiday season.  There will be a food drop station at the event expo to collect items such as stuffing, canned yams, canned sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie filling and cranberries.  In addition, 2% of all pre-registration racer fees will be donated to the Food Bank, racers also can make an optional cash donation on BikeReg.com when they register for races.

More information can be found at www.CrossOfTheNorth.com.

Fighting Hunger for 30 Years


1407FB_30th_logo_final_bigIn 1983, VISTA volunteer, Sandy Bowden, conducted a survey to analyze the food needs of low income and senior residents in Larimer County.  The survey verified a need for an efficient, centralized food collection and distribution resource that would avoid duplication of effort. The next year, under the leadership of Sandy Bowden, the Food Bank for Larimer County opened its doors on East Oak Street.  During the first month of operation, Sandy and her volunteers were proud to provide 3,800 pounds of food to individuals and families in need. In those days, food came primarily from rotating food drives between different houses of worship.

Over the course of 30 years, our organization has grown and changed to meet the needs of our food insecure neighbors thanks to the support of volunteers, donors, companies, families, students, and individuals like you. Since 1984, we’ve expanded our programming to include the county’s two largest food pantries, one in Loveland and one in Fort Collins. Through our Food Link program, we’ve provided food to nearly 85 non-profit partner agencies annually. And with the addition of our Kids Cafe program in 2005, we increased our focus on eliminating child hunger. But there’s still more work to do and we can’t do it alone. Thank you for your support in the past and your continued support in the future. Together, we can achieve our vision of a Hunger-free Larimer County.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Food Bank for Larimer County.

 

You’re Invited!

SilverSoiree_Tickets_2Join Odell Brewing Company as they celebrate their 25th anniversary in style. Guests will enjoy live music from the Phuong & Friends Jazz Combo, small plates prepared by The Kitchen, Jax’s Fish House and Oyster Bar, The Moot House, and The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop & Bistro, and pairings of some of  rare, vintage, and Cellar Series offerings. They will also unveil our 25thanniversary release, 180 Shilling. Each ticket purchase includes a commemorative Teku glass and benefits the Food Bank for Larimer County.

Purchase tickets online!

Date: Tuesday, September 23

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Odell Brewing Company, 800 East Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $100/person; 100% of ticket sales benefit the Food Bank