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A Night to Remember at this Year’s Summer Soiree

 

The weather was beautiful, the music was lively, and the brews were cold as hundreds gathered to celebrate the Food Bank’s first anniversary in our new home and have a little summer fun all to support the work of the Food Bank for Larimer County. Guests and supporters congregated at the distribution center located at 5706 Wright Drive, in Loveland, under the summer sky to enjoy live music from The BurroughsCoyote Gold margaritas, and tasty local brews from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse and Verboten Brewing. They were also able to purchase delicious food from Sweaty Moose, Liquid N2 ice cream, and Mile High Lobster Shack food trucks.

This year’s event was presented by Eide Bailly and sponsored by Flood and Peterson, Citizen Printing, The Bohemian Foundation, Flexx Productions, and Elevations Credit Union.

Thank you to everyone who came out for this awesome event!

 

Kids Cafe summer meal food truck

Kids Cafe Summer Schedule 2019

For many children throughout Larimer County, summer vacation means no school meals and the prospect of going hungry. At the Kids Cafe, the Food Bank will be serving healthy, made from scratch meals for children ages 18 and under during the summer at multiple sites throughout Larimer County.

Plant it Forward with the Food Bank

Plant it Forward LogoSpring has sprung and with it comes an easy way for you to support the Food Bank for Larimer County. The Food Bank encourages you to “Plant It Forward” to increase local produce donations from backyard gardeners and local farms.

All community members are invited and challenged to plant an extra row in their garden! When your crop is ready, drop it off at either the Food Bank for Larimer County or the Gardens on Spring Creek. No donation is too small!

In 2018, local gardeners donated more than 45,000 pounds of fresh produce to help us feed the hungry with fresh, locally raised produce. Click here to learn more about how Plant it Foward Works and how you can get involved. Be sure to tell your friends and fellow gardeners about Plant it Foward and encourage them to plant additional rows, too.

For people living with food insecurity, purchasing healthy, fresh, and nutritious food is often out of reach due to cost. By donating the extras from your garden, you’ll help the Food Bank for Larimer County provide our guests with healthy options. We know fresh food provides health benefits, according to the USDA, “people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.” Your donation will help feed neighbors in need leading to a healthier and more vibrant community for all.

Drop Off Details

Fort Collins Food Bank
1301 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO
Monday-Friday, noon-6 pm

Loveland Food Bank
2600 N. Lincoln Ave.
Loveland, CO
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-2 pm

Food Bank HQ and Distribution Center
5706 Wright Dr.
Loveland, CO
Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm

Gardens on Spring Creek
2145 Centre Avenue
Saturday 9 am-4 pm; Sunday Noon-5 pm

This year, plant an extra row or two and plan to donate the proceeds to the Food Bank for Larimer County!

Great Plates Thank You

Great Plates of Downtown Fort Collins 2019 is a Big Success

A record 35 restaurants and 3 ice cream shops came together in support of the Food Bank for this year’s event. The 14th Annual Great Plates lived up to its name, with all 38 establishments offering great dinner and dessert specials.

Fort Collins Fresh Food Share

Blue Spruce Pantry Renovation Wraps Up

With the installation of the new automated glass entrance and exit doors, the Food Bank for Larimer County officially completed the renovation of its Fresh Food Pantry located on Blue Spruce Drive in Fort Collins.

Empty Bowls

Community Celebrates Empty Bowls

The community came out in force to celebrate the 22nd Annual Food Bank for Larimer County’s Empty Bowls Soup Dinner & Art Auction fundraiser. The event, which began in an art class at Lopez Elementary School more than two decades ago, played host to more than 600 guests…

You Made the Difference on Colorado Gives Day

We asked you to be the difference on Colorado Gives Day and you came through in a big way. The annual statewide day of giving that encourages residents to Give Where You Live allowed the Food Bank to receive $128,000 in donations!

Dellenbach Subaru Helps the Food Bank Share the Love

When we all share love, we all win. That statement is at the core of Subaru’s Share the Love event, happening now through January 2, 2019. The Share the Love event is a partnership between Subaru of America and its network of retailers where a $250 donation is made to select charities every time a new Subaru is leased or purchased.

The Food Bank for Larimer County is honored to have been selected as the featured local charity by Dellenbach Subaru for this year’s Share the Love event. That means that any time a new Subaru is leased or purchased from Dellenbach Subaru between now and January 2, 2019, the Food Bank has the opportunity to receive a $250 donation. As the purchaser, all you have to do is select the Food Bank for Larimer County.

Over the last 10 years, through the Share the Love Event, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $118 million to charity, with customers choosing between four national and over 1,170 local charities. With this year’s event, Subaru is on track to increase that total to more than $140 million, proving there’s no limit to the amount of love we can all share.

So, if you are in the market for a new car, there’s never been a better time. Get a great vehicle and support a great cause during Subaru’s Share the Love event. Visit Dellenbach Subaru between now and January 2, 2019, to participate.

Want to know more about the Share the Love event? Visit Dellenbach Subaru for more details.

Morning Fresh + Food Bank Partnership

Morning Fresh Dairy

The Food Bank picks up milk from the Morning Fresh Dairy Farm each week to deliver to partner agencies to distribute milk to those in need.

The Morning Fresh Dairy Farm is a 5th generation family owned and operated dairy farm located in Bellvue, Colorado and has been producing milk for the community since 1894.

Morning Fresh does everything from raising the crops they feed to the cows, milking the cows, and evening bottling the milk onsite. They deliver milk to homes, restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops along the Northern Front Range of Colorado. Morning Fresh also offers cream, half & half, chocolate milk, and yogurt—all from their cows. Many other items are available for delivery or purchase from other local partner producers such as honey, cheese, fruit spreads, and other dairy products they don’t make themselves.

As part of the Great American Milk Drive, and thanks to a grant from the USDA through Feeding America, the Food Bank recently received funds to purchase milk – a lot of milk. Because of our long-standing partnership, we reached out to Morning Fresh Dairy to see if they would be willing to work with us to purchase milk using the grant. Thanks to Morning Fresh’s generosity, the Food Bank was able to purchase nearly three times the amount of milk – almost 1,250 gallons – as we would have at regular prices. The milk will be a welcome item for the agencies and clients who rely on the Food Bank.

Milk is a popular item at the Food Bank for Larimer County, but due to its perishable nature, it’s not commonly donated and it can be hard for us to source from other places. In addition to providing the Food Bank with milk as part of the Great American Milk Drive, Morning Fresh also has a Milk Drive program that makes it easy for their customers to add extra milk jugs to their order each week specifically to be donated. Morning Fresh even matches ALL donations gallon for gallon!

Through the Morning Fresh Milk Drive program, our team picks up the donated milk each week and distributes it to those in need through partner agencies. Milk and other dairy items are a luxury for our guests and without this program, many children and families would not have milk in their fridge. This Milk Drive program just started this year and so far it’s off to a great start!

When asked about the program, Macy from Morning Fresh Dairy said, “At Morning Fresh Dairy, we are always looking for ways to give back to the community. Someone at the office came across this statistic—on average, people served by food banks receive less than the equivalent of 1 gallon of milk, per person, per year even though milk is one of the most requested items. This is a disturbing statistic. We, at Morning Fresh Dairy, know we can improve the situation locally. We want to make sure that everyone in our community has access to milk, particularly growing children.”

Macy went on to say, “We have had incredible response from our customers and the number of people donating has not stopped growing! The program we created makes it easy for our customers to add a weekly donation of milk to be delivered to the Food Bank for Larimer County. Morning Fresh Dairy matches every donation made by a customer. We are so excited to be partnering with our customers to build a stronger community and make sure local children are getting the protein and nutrients they need for healthy growth!”

The Food Bank for Larimer County could not be more thankful for the many wonderful local businesses like Morning Fresh Dairy Farm who help us fight hunger. We simply could not do what we do without everyone thinking creatively and working together to make a real process to end hunger.

If you’re a Morning Fresh Dairy Farm customer, consider adding extra milk to your order next week. If you’re not yet a Morning Fresh Dairy Farm customer, tour their facility to learn more about their process and products!

StoryCorps: Food Bank Guest Interview

We recently had the opportunity to interview Alexandra for a StoryCorps Mobile Stop in Fort Collins, Colorado. StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. They do this by inviting people from all walks of life to sit down together and share more about their experiences and stories that have lead them to where they are today. Heather Buoniconti, the Chief Development Officer at the Food Bank for Larimer County, and Alexandra sat down in the StoryCorps’ mobile trailer at New Belgium Brewing to discuss Alexandra’s experience at the Food Bank and talk about where she is today.

During the interview, Alexandra shared her story:

“I first started using the Food Bank when I returned from the Peace Corps in Guatemala. My husband and I had just married, I was working part-time and finishing my master’s degree while he was going to school full-time. I remember going to Esh’s, the discount grocery store, and paying $30 for a week’s worth of food and thinking to myself, ‘With all of our other expenses, we can’t even afford to spend $120 for food per month. We need to look at getting help.’ That’s when I visited the Food Bank of Larimer County for the first time. I was expecting a lot of processed, pre-packaged food, but was surprised by the wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that were available, as well as what I considered ‘luxury’ foods, such as Noosa yogurt! Because of the Food Bank for Larimer County, my husband and I were not only able to eat enough food, we were able to eat a healthy diet!

Today, I have my masters degree in Community Nutrition and am working as the Development Director at The Arc of Larimer County, a nonprofit that provides free advocacy and education for individuals and families living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because of the Food Bank of Larimer County, my husband and I could spend less time worrying about food and bills and more time concentrating on improving our lives. Thank you to the Food Bank and to all the people and companies that generously support it! You change lives.”

We appreciate Alexandra’s willingness to share her story and we are thankful StoryCorps has archived our interview for others to hear in the future. We can’t wait to listen to the full conversation when it’s released – stay tuned!