Anyone can Advocate for Food Security

Advocacy is the public support for or recommendation of a cause or policy, and it can take many forms. Hunger is a community issue. The hard news is that millions of Americans are hungry because of circumstances that—at least in part—are a result of policy. The good news is that if communities and governments can create systems that contribute to food insecurity, we can also create systems and policies that decrease food insecurity.

Hunger is a bipartisan concern. According to the Food Research & Action Center, 86% of Americans agree no one should go hungry. Further, 71% feel the federal government is responsible for dealing with the problem. Public sentiment is on our side; we just need to put it into action.

Fighting food insecurity involves using a combination of economic and political solutions. This includes strengthening social safety net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. It will also, according to the Food Research & Action Center, require creating jobs, raising wages, and improving income support for struggling families, among other strategies.

This includes advocating for the strengthening of social safety net programs like SNAP and TEFAP in the next Farm Bill installation. The Farm Bill is the nation’s premiere piece of federal nutrition and agricultural legislation and is a key piece in addressing rising food insecurity across the nation.

To illustrate just how important governmental policy is, consider this: Only one in 20 bags of food assistance comes from a food bank, soup kitchen, or local housing shelter. Federal nutrition programs provide the rest. Just a 10% reduction in SNAP benefits would be the equivalent of eliminating all private food donations in the country (source).

In other words, while it remains as important as ever to host a food drive, it’s also necessary to publicly support – to advocate for – the policies that will address the root causes of hunger and poverty, such as an inadequate social safety net, unemployment, substandard education, income inequality, the wealth gap, food access, lack of affordable housing, and insufficient health care.

What You Can Do

Encourage your family & friends to get involved

    • Odds are you already have several potential allies in your immediate network. Learn about the issues and then share that information with your friends and family. Try starting a conversation on social media or sharing links about hunger in Larimer County with people you know.
    • Once your family & friends understand the urgency of the problem, perhaps you can work together to organize a food drive in your community, hold a fundraiser to support our programs, or volunteer together.

Contact your elected officials

    • Communicating with your elected officials is the most effective action you can take as an advocate for any issue. We need to express our support for policies that will alleviate hunger and to voice our dissent when necessary. Over and over, studies show being contacted by constituents increases the probability of supporting the relevant legislation by about 12 percentage points.
    • Use this resource to find contact information for your elected officials on both the local, state, and national level. Let them know that you are a constituent who is concerned about hunger and food waste and wish to speak to someone regarding these issues.
    • Writing letters, emails, and tagging officials on social media is another powerful tool for communicating directly with elected officials.

Attend Town Hall/City Council Meetings

    • Hunger and poverty are massive national problems, and, when faced with the facts, it can appear overwhelming to the average community member to find ways to help that fit into their daily lives. The best way to make an impact in your own community are often the smallest efforts.
    • Town Hall meetings are wonderful opportunities to have face-to-face conversations with elected officials about the issues that matter to you and are a great way to familiarize yourself with broader concerns in your local community. Town hall meetings stem from a deep-rooted American tradition in which elected officials and other government representatives can communicate with their constituents about pressing community issues and policy processes.

How to Stay Informed

  • Check your local news sources for announcements; fliers may also be posted on bulletin boards in your local post office or city hall.
  • Visit the website of your elected representatives and consider signing up for their newsletters. They often send emails to keep their constituents apprised of their upcoming appearances.
  • Follow your elected officials on social media. Upcoming meetings, listening sessions, and appearances are almost always announced on social media, as well the events section of their website.
  • Call the offices of your elected officials. Staffers will be happy to share relevant information with you as well as the elected official’s preferred way to be contacted.

We Need YOU

The Food Bank for Larimer County and our partner agencies are on the front lines of hunger when it comes to food security advocacy. We hear the stories. We understand the struggles. And we are committed to finding solutions. We want state and federal lawmakers to understand the issues facing the people we serve, and how they can help. Because our voices are stronger together, we coordinate our advocacy and public policy work through Feeding Colorado, the state association of the five Feeding America food banks serving all of Colorado and Wyoming.

Visit our website to learn more about the policy and advocacy priorities related to food security and get involved!

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The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share No-cost Markets and administrative will be closed Thursday, July 4 

This affects Food Bank locations.

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El banco de alimentos para el condado de Larimer Fresh Food Share sin costo Los mercados y la administración estarán cerrados el jueves 4 de julio.

Esto afecta las ubicaciones de los Bancos de Alimentos.

ROAD CLOSURES WILL IMPACT EASY ACCESS TO FORT COLLINS FOOD SHARE: 

A full closure of northbound College Ave. in Fort Collins will affect easy/regular access to our Food Share location at 1301 Blue Spruce from April 15 – 19. Plan accordingly. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Loveland Fresh Food Share has closed early Saturday, Feb. 24. It will re-open during regular business hours Tuesday. 

FOOD BANK CLOSURE:

The Food Bank Food Share location at both Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) and Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) are closed Saturday, April 6.

Administrative Offices at Wright Drive in Loveland are closed Friday, April 5. 

CIERRE DEL BANCO DE ALIMENTOS:

Las ubicaciones de Food Share del Banco de Alimentos en Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) y Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) estarán cerradas el sábado 6 de abril.

Las oficinas administrativas en Wright Drive en Loveland estarán cerradas el viernes 5 de abril.

Due to inclement weather, the Food Bank’s office and Fresh Food Shares will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Normal business hours will resume at all locations Wednesday.
Please stay warm! 
 
Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, la oficina del Banco de Comida y Fresh Food Shares estarán cerradas el martes 16 de enero.
 
El horario comercial normal se reanudará en todas las ubicaciones el miércoles.
 
¡Manténgase abrigado!

Due to winter holidays, please observe the changes in our regular schedule listed below:

 

Dec. 23-26: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Dec. 27-29: OPEN Regular Hours

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Jan. 2: OPEN – Resume Regular Hours

 

We are different together.

At FBLC we are not all the same. And that is our greatest strength. We draw from our differences of who we are, what we have experienced, and how we think. We cultivate a dynamic and diverse work environment, one that plays a critical role in our ambitious work to end hunger, so we believe in including everyone.

FBLC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws and ordinances in the provisions of its programs, services, or activities to include discrimination against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

FBLC’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities, and programs and general treatment during employment.

We embrace a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity.

Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.

FBLC endeavors to make our careers site accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact our Human Resources team at hr@foodbanklarimer.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Thinking about applying and feel you may not meet all of our qualifications?

If you believe you can shine in one of our roles, we encourage you to apply!

Be aware of altered Food Share hours during the week of
Thanksgiving:

Monday, November 20 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22 | OPEN | noon – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 23 | CLOSED
Friday, November 24 | CLOSED
Saturday, November 25 | CLOSED
Sunday, November 26 | CLOSED
Monday, November 27 | CLOSED – Regular schedule resumes

If there is a government shutdown...

The most important thing for you to know, is the Food Bank for Larimer County IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. No matter what happens, we will remain open and available to support you. 

There will be other changes you’ll need to know about.  Click here to learn more. 

Si hay un cierre del gobierno...

Lo más importante que debe saber es que el Banco de Comida del Condado de Larimer NO ES UNA AGENCIA GOBERNAMENTAL. Pase lo que pase, permaneceremos abiertos y disponibles para apoyarlos.

Habrá otros cambios que necesitarás conocer. Clic aquí para saber más.

The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, September 2. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, September 4.

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El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 2 de septiembre y lunes, 4 de septiembre.

Food Bank for Larimer County is closed Wednesday, August 23, 2023.


Banco de comida ester estará cerrado el miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2023.