Nearly 1 in 3 Larimer County children is at risk for hunger. To address the serious issue of food insecurity in children, the Food Bank provides food to children in need year round through three programs: Kids Cafe, Kids Link and Backpack.
Kids Cafe: After School and Summer Meals and Snacks
Kids Cafe is a national program supported by Feeding America. The Food Bank for Larimer County provides food to eligible, school-aged children at sites throughout Larimer County. With a full-time chef and registered dietitian on staff, the focus of Kids Cafe is on nutrition. Meals are cooked from scratch and exceed USDA and National School Lunch nutrition standards.
Kids Link: Snacks for Schools in Larimer County
In partnership with the Junior League of Fort Collins, Kids Link provides healthy, individually packaged snacks to all qualifying schools in Poudre and Thompson School Districts. Food Bank uses our network resources to procure snacks for pennies on the dollar and safely stores the snacks until they are pulled for distribution. The program is funded by the Junior League of Fort Collins. Junior League members also fill the orders and deliver the snacks to area schools.
Backpack: Supplemental Food for Weekends
Launched by Feeding America in 1995, the Backpack program is administered through the Food Bank and provides children in need with a weekend food pack filled with nutritious, non-perishable items. Schools refer children in need to the program. Each bag consists of at least one main meal per day, breakfast items, peanut butter, milk and snacks to get the children through the weekend. Items are easy to open, heat and consume, even for a small child.
Backpack Partners: McKinney (PSD Schools) and Loveland Rotary (Thompson School District).
To learn more, please email, Liz Donovan, Programs Nutritionist, or call 970.493.4477.