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KEYBANK FOUNDATION GIVES $10,000 FOR FORT COLLINS HUNGER RELIEF

 

 

LOVELAND, COLO. – September 2022 — The Food Bank for Larimer County was the recipient of a $10,000 KeyBank Foundation grant to support hunger relief in Fort Collins.

With the high cost of living in Colorado, and a spike in the price of groceries, the budgets of many families in Larimer County have become strained. As clients turn to the Food Bank to supplement more of their nutrition, KeyBank’s $10,000 grant will help to provide a means for a variety of fresh and nutritious food. The funds awarded will give the equivalent of 20,000 meals’ worth of food.

“It’s our supporters, like KeyBank, that are testament to the power that partnerships have to fight food insecurity in our community,” said Food Bank for Larimer County CEO Amy Pezzani. “These generous funds are helping us meet the needs of clients in an extremely challenging time.”

In 2022 alone, the Food Bank provided 8 million meals’ worth of food and services for more than 30,000 people.

About the KeyBank Foundation:

The KeyBank Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that was founded in 1969 and is committed to philanthropic efforts. The foundation focuses its giving on three funding priorities: neighbors, the workforce and education.

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                               UNITED WAY AWARDS $18,000 GRANT TO FOOD BANK

LOVELAND,  COLO — Nov. 28, 2022 —The Food Bank for Larimer County received an $18,000 grant from United Way of Larimer County. These funds will help to support the Food Bank’s Fresh Food Share program, which distributes free groceries to families and individuals who need food assistance.

United Way awarded a total of $355,822 in Community Impact Grants to 21 local nonprofits, including the Food Bank.

At the Food Bank, one donated dollar provides two meals’ worth of food to those facing food insecurity. This generous contribution from United Way will provide the equivalent of 36,000 meals’ worth of food.

“The funds provided by United Way will help so many of our clients facing food insecurity,” said Food Bank for Larimer County CEO Amy Pezzani. “We’re grateful that United Way is a partner in helping to bring a variety of fresh, nutritious food to those who’ve turned to us for support.”

About the Community Impact Grant

The Community Impact Grant seeks to provide funds to a number of local nonprofits, faith-based organizations and public school districts. The grant supports nonprofits with a variety of causes, including food security, kindergarten readiness, housing stability and more.

A nine-member volunteer Community Impact Committee determined which nonprofits to award grant funds to. Their decision was then approved by a Board of Directors.

United Way of Larimer County is a nonprofit that leads philanthropic efforts by using a collaborative approach to provide resources to individuals, organizations, and businesses.

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                                   NEARLY 26,000 POUNDS OF PRODUCE OBTAINED WITH PAYCOR GRANT

LOVELAND,  COLO — 2022 — The Food Bank for Larimer County acquired nearly 26,000 pounds of potatoes, onions, and honeydew melon, thanks to a Paycor Community Impact Fund grant.

The $5,000 helped the Food Bank cover the cost to harvest and transport the produce. The fresh fruit and vegetables were then distributed to clients through our Fresh Food Shares, located in Fort Collins and Loveland.

This has been a huge value to clients. Potatoes and onions are highly sought after in many clients’ shopping trips, and they’ve frequently shared with Food Bank staff that they love having a selection of fresh fruit to choose from.

Food Bank for Larimer County CEO Amy Pezzani emphasized that the grant helped to provide access to nutritious food — a basic human right.

“We were so excited to be recognized by Paycor with this grant and in doing so be able to amplify the available produce at our Fresh Food Shares.” Pezzani said. “Providing fresh fruit and vegetables is crucial to meeting our clients’ nutritional needs. We are thrilled to have Paycor as a partner in the fight against food insecurity.”

A Food Bank volunteer, who is also a Paycor employee, nominated the nonprofit for the grant in late 2021. This marked the first time that the Food Bank was a recipient of this Paycor grant.

About Paycor

At the heart of Paycor’s efforts as a company is a desire to give back to the local communities it serves. Through the creation of the Community Impact Fund, Paycor employees can nominate a nonprofit to award grant funding to.

The human resources system software company is headquartered in Ohio. The company has 22 office locations across the U.S., including in Fort Collins.

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THE FOOD BANK FOR LARIMER COUNTY RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT FROM SAFEWAY’S NOURISHING NEIGHBORS COMMUNITY RELIEF INITIATIVE

LOVELAND, COLO — December 28, 2020 — The Food Bank for Larimer County received a $25,000 grant to support hunger relief efforts during the holiday season and beyond, courtesy of Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.

“No one should have to go hungry, especially during the holiday season. We’re grateful to Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors for awarding us this grant so we can help the most vulnerable members of our community, who face food insecurity on a regular basis,” said Food Bank for Larimer County CEO Amy Pezzani.

In response to the pandemic, the Food Bank for Larimer County created a pop-up mobile food pantry program that focuses on increasing access to food in underserved areas of our community. These funds from Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative will help provide the equivalent of 50,000 meals for the pop-up pantry distribution.

Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative was established to help families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. More than $77 million has been donated this year alone to help food banks, schools and senior centers launch or maintain their meal programs. This round of Nourishing Neighbors grants focuses on the needs of marginalized communities, which have been particularly hard hit. Roughly 86 percent of Latino households with children and 66 percent of Black households with children reported serious financial problems during the pandemic. Across the board, the numbers are staggering.

About Albertsons Companies and Safeway
Locally great and nationally strong, Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. Albertsons Cos. operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. The Denver Division has 124 Safeway and Albertsons stores in five states, including Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, South Dakota and Nebraska, and employs more than 10,000 people. Albertsons Cos. is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2019 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave nearly $225 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

About Food Bank for Larimer County
Founded in 1984, the Food Bank for Larimer County is the county’s only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food. In 2020, the Food Bank provided enough food for 8.8 million meals through a variety of hunger-relief programs, including its Fresh Food Share pantries, Nutritious Kitchen and Nourishing Network. An estimated 37,500 Larimer County residents received assistance through the Food Bank’s programs and partnerships last year.

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KEYBANK SUPPORTS NORTHERN COLORADO COMMUNITIES WITH GRANT TO THE FOOD BANK FOR LARIMER COUNTY

LOVELAND, COLO — December 28, 2020 — The Food Bank for Larimer County recently received a $10,000 grant from the KeyBank Foundation. This generous grant will allow the Food Bank to provide the equivalent of more than 20,000 meals to those in need in our community.

Since March, the Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of food it is distributing through its various hunger-relief programs. During the pandemic, the Food Bank’s pantries are serving more than 500 households per day and its Nourishing Network is distributing 82 percent more food than during the same period last year. In addition, funds from this grant will support new programs created in response to the pandemic, like the Food Bank’s pop-up pantries and homebound delivery service.

“This grant from KeyBank is an example of the amazing support we are receiving from our community partners,” said Food Bank for Larimer County CEO Amy Pezzani. “During these incredibly difficult times, this grant allows us to respond to the needs of our clients as they evolve during the pandemic. We are so grateful for the support.”

About Food Bank for Larimer County
Founded in 1984, the Food Bank for Larimer County is the county’s only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food. In 2020, the Food Bank provided enough food for 8.8 million meals through a variety of hunger-relief programs, including its Fresh Food Share pantries, Nutritious Kitchen and Nourishing Network program. An estimated 37,500 Larimer County residents received assistance through the Food Bank’s programs and partnerships last year.

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