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.
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.