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Recently, the Food Bank for Larimer County was featured in the 2014 ClimateWise, Business Smart Partner Profile. Read our profile below to learn more about our ClimateWise initiatives. The Food Bank has participated in the ClimateWise program since 2009. You can learn more about ClimateWise at

Energy Savings

Totally Tubular – Daylighting for Energy Savings                 

In the interest of amping up efficiency and continually serving the community, the Food Bank for Larimer County began a daylighting project to provide direct sunlight to its warehouse. The warehouse was undergoing a roof replacement, so the Food Bank seized the opportunity to reduce its environmental impact and enhance the facility atmosphere.

The results of this project have not been quantified yet, but Bruce Wallace, programs director for the Food Bank for Larimer County is happy to report some of the there are advantages like a safer work environment from increased light and employees who seem to be in better moods.”

This project is just one of the Food Bank’s many accomplishments. The organization also composts any unusable food and strives to provide fresh local produce to those in need.

2.9 Million Pounds of Food Rescued

The food bank’s Food Rescue program is part of their effort to provide fresh local food. In 2013, 60,000 pounds a week were diverted – rescued if you will – from the landfill. The bananas turning from yellow to brown, day-old bakery goods, fresh produce blemished with minor bruises and dented canned goods are all perfectly good, safe, nutritious food products. These products would normally be discarded, tossed out and lost, so the Food Bank’s Food Rescue project collects, inspects and passes the food to those in need.

ClimateWise. Business Smart.

Since 2009, the Food Bank for Larimer County has partnered with the City of Fort Collins’ ClimateWise program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, operate more efficiently and better serve the community.

“As we divert usable food from the landfill, we are being climate wise. At the same time, we have more food on our shelves to distribute, and without direct costs, the return on investment is high. That’s business smart,”declares Bruce.

Bruce also is thankful that “as a ClimateWise partner, the Food Bank is able to make good connections with other local businesses that help us with all of our sustainability programs.”


You, too, can help divert food from the landfill. Bruce says if you know of a grocery store or local grower who has food that needs to be rescued, contact him.

Connect with Bruce at

Cans Around the Oval raises over $47,000!

100_3845The 28th Annual Cans Around the Oval raised over $47,000 and 47,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank, enough to provide over 227,000 meals to feed neighbors in need. Cans Around the Oval is northern Colorado’s largest one day food and fund drive and a true community tradition. This year, nearly 120 groups and 14,000 people participated, including  CSU students, faculty and staff, students from Poudre School District and local businesses. Since its start, Cans Around the Oval has raised $297,176 and 1,390,910 pounds of food or enough to provide 2.35 million meals to feed hungry seniors, children and families struggling to make ends meet.

Volunteers Make A Difference

WH VolunteersOn the eve of Make A Difference Day, no one knows the difference volunteers make better than the Food Bank! Last fiscal year, 1,810 volunteers donated nearly 30,400 hours of service to the Food Bank; the equivalent of 14 full-time staff members! We are so fortunate to have such a large group of dedicated volunteers and know that we couldn’t fulfill our mission without their help!

Make a Difference Day

Date: October 24
Time: 1-3 pm
Visit to sign-up.

Holiday Season Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are just around the corner and with that, comes several volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank. We are looking for volunteers for several upcoming special events; take a look at the listings below to find something that’s right for you!

Bread N’ Boards – Volunteer Sanding Sessions at Sears-Trostel

Locations: 1500 Riverside Ave, Fort Collins
Dates:  November 5, 13
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
How to sign-up: Contact Josh at jbycz@sears-trostel.comor 970-482-1928

30th Anniversary – 30 Hour CAN JAM

(Group volunteering: Corporate, Clubs, Faith Based)|
Date: November 6 & 7
Time: Thursday 9 am- Friday 3 pm
Shifts: Teams will work in 2-hour shifts

For more information or to sign up, email Heather Buoniconti.

9 Cares Colorado Shares

The fall 9 Cares Food Drive is coming up Saturday, November 15. You can view the official sign-up page by clicking the link below.

Thanksgiving Day Run – November 27

The Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run is for runners, walkers and kids! There is also a FREE kids run (1/3 of a mile) known as the “Gobble Gobble”. Bring your family, friends and out of town guests and experience the community spirit of Fort Collins! We need course marshals as well as aid station and start/finish line volunteers

Email Ben Donnelly for more information.


Cyclocross Race to Support Food Bank


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 when they register for races.

More information can be found at