Before You Visit

Although there are so many people experiencing food insecurity, most don’t know how to visit a food bank.

Our mission is to provide food to ALL in need. One way we do that is through our Food Share no-cost markets. We have two Food Share locations – one in Fort Collins and one in Loveland – and a series of mobile markets throughout the county. At each location, we offer meat, bread, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables, and non-perishable food items at absolutely no charge to our clients. It’s more like visiting a grocery store than you might imagine!

 

Wondering about how to visit the Food Bank? Read below.

New Shopper Form

Before you visit one of our pantries for the first time, please take a few minutes to complete the New Client Form (options below). This form is requested for shoppers who have never visited before. 

When you arrive to shop at any No-Cost Market and are not yet in our internal system of shoppers, we will ask you to complete this form before starting to shop. Completing it and bringing it with you on your first visit will save time and make your first visit more seamless.

When you visit for the first time, you may be asked some indentifying information, such as:

  • A photo ID
  • Information about your income
  • Where you live
  • Your family composition
  • Current federal benefits you currently receive (eg. SNAP)
    • Receiving other benefits does not disqualify you from receiving food from our markets. We ask this information so we understand community need and plan accordingly. 

    • Also, our funding partners ask us to provide this information to them so your cooperation helps keep us funded! 

The above items are not required to obtain food, but they help us keep and maintain data, and therefore funding. The one exception is for those seeking enrollment and participation in the United State Dept. of Agriculture’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). To obtain CSFP commodities, a photo ID is required. 

Returning shoppers will not need to do paperwork, only check-in at the registers upon entrance. However, from time to time, based on which programs you participate in, you will need to periodically recertify and confirm your information with the check-in staff.

Visit our Food Finder page to learn more about shopping times and locations.

If you are a pet parent and are in need of pet food, the Food Bank may be able to help. We partner with the Colorado Pet Pantry to host a pet pantry at our Lincoln Avenue location on the 4th Saturday of the month. You can also contact the Animal Friends Alliance to learn more about their pet food assistance program.

CSFP & TEFAP Proxy Shopper Forms

A proxy form is used to assign an individual to pick up a CSFP box (aka Senior Box) in lieu of the senior client. It can also be used for monthly TEFAP commodities pickups. 

FAQs:
  • It is essential that BOTH the client and proxy sign the form. 
  • Food Bank clients/shoppers may assign more than one proxy shopper.
  • Once signed and completed, the proxy form is valid for one calendar year. 
  • Even when a client/shopper has an assigned proxy, they are still welcome to pick up their own food when they are able.
  • An individual can be a proxy shopper for more than one person.
    • An example for when this would apply naturally is someone shopping for many people who live in the same senior living facility.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Qualifying individuals receive commodities one time per month through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Commodities typically consist of non-perishable and/or frozen food items.

To determine if you qualify for TEFAP, please review the income eligibility guidelines below. If you are unsure whether you qualify, please visit one of our pantry locations where a staff member or volunteer can assist you in the qualification process. 

Learn more about this program and confirm current eligibility requirements here

Household* SizeMax Weekly IncomeMax Monthly Income
1$579.23$2,510.00
2$786.15$3,406.67
3$993.08$4,303.33
4$1,200.00$5,200.00
5$1,406.92$6,096.67
6$1,613.85$6,993.33
7$1,820.77$7,890.00
8$2,027.69$8,786.67
For each additional family member, add:$206.92$896.67

* A Household is defined as the total number of related or unrelated persons living at the same address who purchase, prepare, and consume food together. Household income is the combined income of said persons.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. 

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA. View more details here

Food Bank for Larimer County Web Search

The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, May 25. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, May 27.

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El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 25 de mayo y lunes, 27 de mayo.

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.