How to Donate Food

The Food Bank for Larimer County accepts donated food, including shelf-stable items such as canned and dry goods as well as dairy, meat, bakery items and fresh produce. 

We adhere to strict food safety guidelines for the food we accept. Continue reading for more details on how to donate food.

Our staff is trained to pay close attention to date codes, especially on refrigerated products. Most of the dates on the food we distribute are not expiration dates – they are “best if used by” or “sell by” dates. This means the product is wholesome beyond the date on the product.

In addition to food items, we also gladly accept non-food items like diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, menstrual products and other essentials that help our clients live healthy and rewarding lives.

Donation Locations

Donated items can be dropped off at the following locations:

5706 Wright Drive, Loveland:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


1301 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins:

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday noon to 4:00 p.m.


2600 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland:  

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday noon to 4:00 p.m.

What We Can Safely Accept

  • Fresh produce
  • Eggs still in the shell
    • We are unable to accept donations of unprocessed eggs or eggs from backyard chickens.
  • Baked goods
  • Frozen foods in original packaging
  • Dairy products 41˚F maximum to expiration date
  • Meat, poultry, chilled to 41˚F maximum or frozen
  • Canned and packaged goods in original packaging
  • Wild game processed in a USDA approved facility
  • Prepared foods chilled to 41˚F maximum that have not been served or placed on a buffet
  • Chilled perishable packaged foods such as juice and cheese in their original packaging

Most Needed Food Items

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat/fish
  • Canned fruit
  • Whole grain, low sugar cereal
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Macaroni and cheese

Most Needed Essentials

  • Diapers (Preemie and sizes 5, 6 & 7 are most needed)
  • Baby wipes
  • Hygiene wipes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash (alcohol-free)
  • Deodorant

We CANNOT Accept

We take great pride in distributing high-quality, nutritious food to our clients. We use the same food safety standards that any grocery store would. Because of this, there are some items that we cannot accept, even though the food may seem OK to eat. Here are some examples of food we can’t take as a donation:

  • Foods that have been served on a buffet table
  • Foods that have been previously reheated
  • Foods that have not been stored at proper temperature
  • Foods with damaged or compromised packaging
  • Any food containing alcohol
  • Home canned or home jarred products
  • Produce with decay
  • Frozen foods with freezer burn
  • Sushi or any seafood intended for raw consumption
  • Open, punctured, bulging or seriously damaged canned goods
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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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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 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

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.


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.