Community Events

Great Plates 2017

Great Plates of Downtown

Great Plates of Downtown is a partnership between the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and member restaurants and provides diners. For two weeks in March, restaurants offer dining specials and encourage patrons to “leave their change” for the Food Bank.

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Plant It Forward

Each growing season, Larimer County residents are asked to “plant it forward” in an effort to provide fresh produce for neighbors in need. Plant It Forward is a joint partnership between the Food Bank and the Gardens on Spring Creek.


Stamp Out Hunger

Held on the second Saturday in May and sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive.


September is Hunger Action Month

Hunger Action Month makes it easy for everyone to get involved in the fight to end hunger. The Food Bank encourages simple actions to take during the month of September to fight hunger in Larimer County.


Cans Around the Oval

Cans Around the Oval is the largest community food drive benefiting the Food Bank for Larimer County. More than 150 different CSU campus and community organizations participate in this event each October to bring much-needed food for hunger relief programs to the Food Bank. In 2017, the drive collected more than 42,000 pounds of food and over $56,000. The event is sponsored and organized by the Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office at CSU.

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Turkey Round Up

Each holiday season, the Food Bank collects, stores and then distributes turkeys and holiday “fixins” to our agency partners, including Salvation Army and Catholic Charities who, in turn, provide holiday meals and/or holiday meal baskets. To help meet the need, Poudre School District holds its Annual Turkey Round Up each November. PSD staff and students compete to collect the most turkeys to donate to the Food Bank.  Turkeys are also donated by companies, churches and individuals who join together to make sure everyone in our community has a holiday meal.

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Bread N’ Boards

Hosted and organized by Sears Trostel Lumber, Bread N’ Boards raises more than $30,000 for hunger relief each year. Guests can choose from thousands of custom made bread boards to purchase for holiday gift giving and are treated to certificates for a free loaf of bread at Great Harvest Bread Company. This year, the Bread N’ Boards event takes place Saturday, December 2, from 9 am – 1 pm.

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City & County Food & Fund Drive

For more than 30 years, the City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, and Larimer County have participated in the Food Bank for Larimer County’s Food & Fund Drive Competition, a competition pitting each organization against each other. From bake sales to holiday parties and burrito drives, each department utilizes different incentives and promotions to raise the most funds or food for the Food Bank for Larimer County.